Fully dog proof your home by removing dangers, blocking off rooms and securing chemicals/cords.
Shop for food, bowls, beds, leashes, toys and other essentials so they’re ready when your dog arrives.
Stock Up on Supplies
Maintain a regular schedule for feeding, walks, training and sleep right away to provide consistency.
Set a Routine
Work on socialization and basic obedience using positive reinforcement training tailored to your dog.
Teach kids safe behavior around dogs and supervise all interactions. Never leave dogs and young children alone.
Interview vets to find one you trust to handle exams, vaccinations and emergencies.
Find a Vet
Consider pet insurance to be prepared for vet bills for accidents, illness or injuries.