There will naturally be a lot of excitement on Fido’s welcome to the family. It is beneficial to have everything you and he needs before he arrives to help make a smooth introduction to the household.
Secure the fences and gates of the property so that Fido can’t escape.
Restrict access to hazardous items and anything that he should not chew (e.g. swimming pool, poisonous plants, cables, remote controls, gardening equipment etc).
Research which breed types will fit with your family and lifestyle. For example a Collie type will not suit a family of couch potatoes, but a Great Dane might!
Contact a qualified positive reinforcement trainer in your area to arrange puppy classes or adult training sessions.
Address any behaviour concerns you have with current pets first; a new dog is very rarely a solution.
Familiarise yourself with the correct way to introduce dogs. Watch this video for help with stress free introductions: https://youtu.be/sZVJyE-KLS0
If possible, plan to bring Fido home over a weekend so that you can be at home to help him settle in.
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