Bringing Home a New Puppy?

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Bringing home a new puppy is typically a very exciting experience. However, it’s understandable that in the unexpected climate we are currently navigating, some of us may be worried about bringing home a new pet. If you’ve recently brought home a new canine companion or are planning on doing so soon, don’t fret. Just be sure you are giving it a little extra thought when it comes to getting your new puppy adjusted in these uncertain times.    

With most of us spending more time at home, it’s important that we are still putting in the effort to maintain our typical daily routines to the best of our ability. This is especially true when it comes to your new four-legged family member. While you may now have an opportunity to spend your whole day by your new puppy’s side, doing so could do more harm than good.

If your typical daily routine involves heading to work, and maybe kids who normally would be heading to school, your pup may become accustomed to having people around all day, every day. Once we begin to see a bit of normalcy return to our lives and you resume your typical daily routine, your puppy could be in for quite a shock which could lead to anxiety and potentially destructive behaviours. Of course, this isn’t to say you should separate from your pup all day when you first bring them home, as it is still important that you provide them with enough love and attention and have an opportunity to bond. However, be mindful and make sure you are separating from them at points throughout the day so they will start getting used to spending time alone at home.

While it’s important that you’re not spending every second of every day by your new pup’s side, it’s equally important that you’re exposing them to new stimuli when you are. If you’re concerned about your pup’s lack of socialization with other dogs and people as we are all encouraged to stay at home, check out these great tips from our partner McCann Dogs.

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