New to dog ownership or haven’t had a dog in a while? Puppy-proof your home by brushing up on which people-foods and plants are poisonous to canines. Dogs can eat some fruits, vegetables and nuts, but not all are safe.
In addition to gathering your puppy essentials, you should research everything you can about your new family member. If you’re purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder, learn as much as possible about that breed’s personality traits and tendencies (The American Kennel Club is a terrific resource.)
Some breeds, like Golden Retrievers, eagerly learn commands and love being around people; others, like Chow Chows, are slightly stubborn and need their alone time. The more you know going into life with your new puppy, the smoother it will be for both of you. Remember to meet your dog where they are, not where you want them to be! Every canine is an individual (we can’t stress this enough) and one method or tool won’t work for everyone.