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What to Expect in the First Few Days With Your Newly Adopted Pet

Vet Assistant at CanadaVetExpress. Aims to bring joy in the lives of animals and help pet parents make their pets’ lifestyles healthier.


“Taking care of a newly adopted dog comes with their own unique challenges. But if done right, you can surely give a pat on yourself a pawsome pet parent.”

The current and ongoing coronavirus situation seems to be unrelenting and perhaps continue to cause immense havoc in the lives of people all over the world. In such situations, the safest place to be is in our beloved homes. With the current pandemic going around, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring home a friendly four-legged canine into your life. You sure need some distraction from the pandemic, and adopting a dog is perhaps a great decision.

So, you’ve brought home a cute little furry munchkin; now what? There are of course challenges and several responsibilities that come along with the cuteness. And it’s essential that you are well prepared to tackle all of these. But worry not, because you’ll be guided well if you just give a minute or two and read through this blog post.

Settling In

The first step towards adopting a four-legged canine is to make your new family member settle in. It is imperative to make sure you have everything that they need so that they can get that homely feeling. The basic necessary items that you’ll need are:

  • Poop bag
  • Food and water bowls
  • Interactive toys
  • Tasty treats
  • Puppy food
  • Collar and leash
  • Warm bed

Be sure to have these things ready beforehand, because the last thing you want is to run around from store to store while your buddy is at home trying to get used to its surroundings (home environment) and the people in your family.

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“Make an effort to keep the early hours of your pet’s arrival calm and relaxed. Give him all the time. It will take a while, but it is worthwhile.”

Potty Train From The Start

During the first few days, it is important that you begin your puppy’s potty training session. Surely there will be a specific location that you want your buddy to do his business. It could be a specific section of grass in your backyard or maybe near the fence area. Whatever be the location, make sure to take your buddy there every two to three hours. Allow him to get used to all of this. It may take a while, so be extra patient.

“The faster you potty train your new puppy, the better it is for you. Reward your doggo with treats if they do their business right."

Setting Up Small Yet Important Boundaries

Just like potty training your pooch, the first few days are purrfect time to let him get acclimatized to some house rules. Sure you do not want your new buddy to start chewing on your furniture or your shoes. Thus, it becomes essential to be watchful of your mischievous buddy and catch him in the act. When caught red-handed, interrupt his bad behavior and make him know that what he is doing is wrong. Perhaps, talking to him in a loud voice will help get the message across.

“The best way to tackle the chewing issue is to give your puppy a few interactive toys. The toys will help strengthen its teeth.”

Create Pet-Friendly Zones

Newly adopted puppies require your attention almost all day, and that is pretty much difficult to do so. Hence, the best way to overcome this is by creating pet-friendly zones from the start itself. A crate or a playpen can come in handy during situations when you’re totally drained out and have very little energy left. Pet-friendly zones can assure you that your buddy is safe while you go take a quick power nap for a couple of hours.

“Looking at the bigger picture, pet-friendly zones are a great way for your buddy to overcome separation anxiety at a young age.”


Although the blog mainly talks about a new puppy, it can also be applied on older adopted dogs as well. Besides, make sure your bundle of joy feels at home because it is imperative to make him feel comfortable and safe right from the start. And do not forget to establish boundaries at the very start to ensure a smooth journey as a pet parent.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Ashley Williams

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