Be Ready

Be prepared before pick-up time – be able to answer all of these questions

How will you prepare your house for a new dog?

  • Where will the dog sleep?
  • Where will it eat?
  • Where will it eliminate?
  • Where will it play?
  • What changes will you need to make?
  • What equipment do you need?

How will you prepare your family/neighbors for a new dog?

  • What new routines will you need?
  • Are there other pets who need to be introduced to the new dog?
  • Do all the family members understand the plan?

How will you teach the new dog what you need it to know?

  • How will you prevent unwanted behavior?
  • What will you do if unwanted behavior occurs?
  • How will you let the dog know what behavior you like?

For a smooth start with your dog:

  • Follow through on all plans
  • Have space and equipment prepared
  • Limit the dog’s options by using a crate or pen or tether when not actively training
  • Teach the dog to love its crate or pen and dash inside when cued
  • Teach the dog anticipatory cues that mean they are about to be picked up or have the leash put on
  • When you see behavior you want to see again, respond
  • When you see behavior you do not want to see again, do not respond
  • To help a wild dog calm: click* for anything that is lower or slower
  • To help a subdued dog offer behavior: click for tiny moves of any kind

Tip for puppies under 16 weeks:

  • Remember: the dog your puppy is going to be it is now becoming – work to keep positive associations with everything in the environment

Tip for dogs 16 weeks or over:

  • Remember: your dog already has an established world view – start right away to make new associations as needed