Getting a brand new puppy is a very exciting thing! Today I brought home an adorable new, eight week old, Golden Retriever puppy. Charlie is already settling in well at home, but it is important to make sure that new puppy owners are fully prepared before your new friend even gets there. Raising a puppy requires a lot of work and commitment, so do your research before making this decision! There are a couple of great books out there that can really help with getting your home and family ready for how to deal with a new puppy. Set up a space in your home that is just theirs, so they can go there whenever they want. Charlie has his own crate set up in our kitchen, which he stays in overnight and has access to all day.

It is also really important that you bring your new dog to the vet within the first few days that you get them. The veterinarian can answer a lot of the questions you might have, check to make sure that your puppy is healthy, and can also start giving your puppy the vaccines they will need. I’ll be addressing the vaccines in a separate post, but please be aware that your dog will need several boosters of each vaccine in order to be fully protected. This means you will need to bring your puppy to the vet every couple of weeks for the first couple months that you have them. Once all of the boosters are finished, then they will only really need to go to the vet once or twice a year.

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