Learn what to expect and the benfits when adopting a puppy

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We are celebrating “National Puppy Day” with Camp Bow Wow as they discuss what to expect when you are bringing your new puppy home and the benefits of pet adoption. Camp Bow Wow  stopped by the station to share their tips for bringing home a new puppy.

Bringing Your New Puppy Home:
  • Prep for the Pup: begin preparing to for the new addition to your household weeks in advance. Allocate a space in your house for your puppy as well as an area outside where he can play. Consider only purchasing necessary items like a security gate, to keep your puppy away from dangerous areas like stairs. Also, remember to buy essential products like a dog bed, crate, water and food bowls, a collar, leash, appropriate chew toys, and puppy food.
  • A Strong Introduction: When a puppy leaves his mother or littermates, he can experience high anxiety. Alleviate this by giving the puppy as much attention as possible during this first week home. For the first three to four days, make sure that there will be someone at home to take care of the puppy.
  • Get the Pet to the Vet: During his first week home, take your puppy to the veterinarian for his initial puppy examination. It is essential to make sure your puppy is healthy and is free of medical or congenital disorders. Remember to ask the shelter or breeder if the puppy has received his initial vaccinations.
  • Hungry Puppy: Ask the shelter or breeder what your puppy has been eating. Feed your puppy that same brand and type of food for several days. Afterward, you can slowly begin to transition your pup’s diet. Most breeders start to feed commercial brand food when the puppy is 21-days-old.
  • Puppy Crying at Night: Puppies have small bladders and will cry at night if they need to use the restroom. Most puppies will have to go to the bathroom twice during the evening, so keep a newspaper handy to avoid any messy situations.
  • Be Consistent and Have Patience: When training your pup, make sure the entire household follows dog rules. If your puppy does something disagreeable, scold him with a disapproving tone. Be patient with your new family member and remember to show your puppy affection.
Benefits of Pet Adoption: 
  • General Benefits: There’s a reason that they say a dog is man’s best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more. They teach you how to be selfless and responsible as you are caring over another life (for those of you without children). Generally speaking, they make you happy.
  • Save the Life of a Shelter Pet: Only 29% of cats and dogs get adopted from shelters; the rest are left to live in the rescue centers or, worse – euthanized. Bottom line: Adopting a pet saves their life. Give a dog or cat a home they wouldn’t have otherwise.
  • Stress Reduction: Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to cut out, including an animal in your life can help.
  • Helps with Depression: In some cases, therapists suggest to patients suffering from depression that they adopt a pet. An animal will love you unconditionally and also be a great friend and listener. People with depression often benefit from having a pet, as the animal can help them get out of the house and out of their head.
  • Engaged Mind: A key to a healthy mind, especially for those who are elderly, is staying engaged with others. A pet is often a conversation starter and being out with a pet usually warrants questions or comments from passersby. Bringing your dog to a dog park is a great way to meet other people with similar interests.
For more information visit Camp Bow Wow’s website at campbowwow.com 

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