Adopting a dog is extremely exciting, especially if you have been considering it for a while. Welcoming a dog to your family is special, but also something that should be thought a lot about. Dogs are a lot of work and you need to make sure you are prepared for whatever this new furry friend will throw at you.

At Dog Days Training Center in Berthoud, we offer a variety of dog training classes that can help you and your dog have the best relationship possible. Whether you adopt a puppy who needs training basics or an older dog who needs to improve their training, we can help! Before you adopt your dog, however, we wanted to give you some advice. In this blog, we are going to talk about some things you should know when you finally bring a dog home. Read on to learn more and start preparing for the newest member of your family.

You Need The Proper Equipment

Even if you have had dogs in the past, you may forget some of the basic gear you need for your pooch. Before bringing home your new dog, be sure to head to the pet store to pick up everything you need upon their arrival. The items you will need include:

  • A bed
  • Food and water bowl
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Treats
  • Food
  • Toys
  • Crate (if you are going to crate train them)

There are other items that you do not need right away, but you may want to pick up eventually including a brush, harness, dog booties, bones, and anything else you may want for your dog. Be sure you have these items before bringing your dog home. It will be a less stressful day if you have everything beforehand and don’t have to run out to pick items up after getting your dog. Your pup will be nervous at first, so bringing them from the shelter to a pet store then to your home will cause them more stress than is necessary.

Make Some Rules

Before bringing a dog home, it is important that you decide how you want that dog to behave in your home and the rules that everyone in your home needs to follow when it comes to the pup. Every dog owner is different and will allow their dog to get away with different things, but it is important that you decide and then stick to those rules right away so you don’t confuse your dog. Will your dog be allowed on the couch? Will they sleep in your bed, their own bed, or a crate? What will you want them to do while you eat? These are the types of things you should think about and make a final decision on before bringing your furry friend home. If you bring a puppy home and allow them on the couch for the first week and then decide you don’t want your dog on the couch, they will be confused and have a hard time unlearning that. If you are going to crate train them, be sure to start the first day you bring them home. If they are not allowed to sleep on your bed, be sure they have their own bed to sleep on.

Dogs Need to Stay Active

Even if you get a dog breed that is known for being lazy, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to exercise your dog. Walking your pup and playing with them is not only good for their physical health and helps them release some energy, but it also stimulates their brain. If your dog is misbehaving, tearing up shoes, and acting out when they normally were well-behaved, it could be due to the fact that they aren’t getting enough exercise. Be prepared to walk your dog daily and play with them. If you are not ready to do this, you may want to reconsider getting a dog.

Training Is Necessary

You will also need to be ready to train your dog. Just like humans need to learn social skills, how to behave properly, and how to take care of themselves, dogs have to learn to be well-behaved as well. If you don’t take any time to train your dog, they will be the dog that pulls on the leash, barks excessively, and jumps on people. Whether you train them yourselves, hire a private dog trainer, or bring them to our training center, this is a necessity. Your dog will be well behaved, easier to control, and will be a better companion.

Our dog training center in Berthoud can provide high-quality training for your pup and you! We don’t just train your dog and send you on your way. We also teach you how to reinforce what they learn on your own so that you can feel confident that your dog will listen to you. Learn more about Dog Days Training Center and schedule your private evaluation today!