So you got your family a puppy for Christmas. Congratulations! But…now what?
You’ll probably be looking for new puppy tips, if you haven’t already. You’ll want to learn about training your puppy too and what puppy supplies you’ll need. Bringing home a new puppy can be exciting, yet at the same time it can feel overwhelming. So the first piece of advice we can offer you is: don’t sweat it. Enjoy the moment, and take each day as it comes.
In the infographic below we break down the “new puppy” process to its most basic level. This really is it in a nutshell. Sure, you can hone your puppy-raising skills by reading books (like the one shown above) and seeking advice from your vet or other dog owners.
And there is no lack of free resources on YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet to help you over the rough spots. For instance, this video covers many of the expectations you should have, including introducing your new puppy to an older dog and introducing a puppy to kids.
But at the end of the day, never forget that a new puppy isn’t just a “dumb animal” but a member of the family. Start from there, and you can’t go wrong.
(Click on the image to download a printable PDF of the infographic.)