A lot of people don’t think too much about it.

But when you are bringing a new dog home, you need to prepare for it.

It’s like having a baby: you will need diapers, bottles… I don’t know what else, I don’t have a baby 🙂

Preparing is key to success, know what you’re dealing with, the dog’s history, age, breed, will be fundamental on deciding how you will need to prepare your home and your life for that little being that will have only you from now on.


First Things First…

Have you investigated to make sure you can accommodate that particular dog into your life?

As I mentioned in my previous post, different dogs will have different traits, personality, temperament, exercise, mental stimulation and space needs.

So make sure you and your family are choosing the right companion, because if not, you are going to risk not being able to handle it and feel tempted to give the dog up… and the dog doesn’t deserve it. NO DOG DOES!

So once you’ve made up your mind, it’s time to plan what sort of training you are going to be doing and gear up before bringing your new pup home.

Each case is particular, but somethings are an absolute must!

The Crate!

If you are divided between doing or not doing crate training with your dog…. the answer is do it!

Crate training allows you to teach your doing to be more independent and enjoy spending time alone. Teaches them to relax, which is not something that we remember doing a lot and it’s amazing for toilet training as well.

If you want, I can write a post describing how to do crate training step by step!

Yet, if you are not keen on doing the proper crate training, having a crate is still a great idea.

Most people see a dog in a crate and they feel sorry for them.

The truth is, though, that dogs love dens. Introduced correctly, the crate will become a safe haven to the dog; somewhere where they can relax and feel safe, and it’s portable…

This way you can carry your dog’s safe haven around and provide them with the sensation of security wherever you go, specially if you are taking them somewhere new and you will need to maintain them calm and under control.

Mia’s crate goes everywhere with me. It’s not necessarily light, but it’s collapsible so it fits in my car. I use it to have her in my puppy classes and bring it back home so she can sleep in it when I’m away..

Works like a charm!

The Kong!

If you have no idea what this is, get acquainted.

Kongs are one of the most important dog training tools you will have.

Basically: dogs have evolved working for their food and, in nature, they spend most of their active time hunting or searching for food so, when your feed your dog from a bowl, you are literally depriving them of their natural source of mental stimulation!

(don’t know how to write the sound of your minds blowing hahah)

That’s where the Kong gets in.

On top of being virtually indestructible, kongs are hollow and allow you to fill them up with food.

So I use them INSTEAD of the food bowl!

That’s right, I don’t have a food bowl at all. All of her feeding is done by hand and kongs.

Generally she gets them when I’m leaving the house or when she needs to stay in the crate. That makes separation a lot easier, as she looks forward to having the Kongs and doesn’t mind me leaving too much.

I start with just food inside to get them to understand how to work them and then move to frozen kongs, which are much harder to empty, therefore keep your dog entertained for much longer as well.

Mental stimulation is key to having a happy healthy dog and working to empty a Kong replicates a dog’s natural source of it: working to eat!

They love it!

The Long Lead!

I find long leads are also an essential training tool.

Australia has a huge off lead culture, but the truth, is your dog needs to be prepared to be off lead.

Most dogs here, are not!

Being off lead, by no means, is the same as doing whatever they want. I often say that if your dog charges up to ANYTHING (people, birds, other dogs), they are not ready to be off lead.

It’s very frustrating to have a reactive dog safely on lead and have an extra friendly off lead dog bolt towards you.

On lead, dogs naturally tend to be more reactive and another one inadvertently run up to them can cause a fight and dogs to get hurt.

The long lead allows you to train proper recall and teach your dog to come back even when they are excited about something else.

Once the dog is free, as soon as they decide to run you’ve lost control and there’s no teaching to be done, only damage control.

Other than that, running away from you can be a great game for your dog, which will be very hard to undo, regardless of the treats you may have brought along.

Finally, you can actually lose the dog if the chase a bird into the middle of the road, for example. So the long lead is a very smal investment for such a great return.

Ready, set, go!

With these very handy tools you can successfully start the journey to having a very calm, well trained dog, with amazing recall.

Remember that whether you’re bringing home a new rescue dog or a puppy, you’re going to have to set rules and make sure your furry friend lives by them.

Having a dog that understands that, will allow you guys to have an amazing life together.

Let me know if you want to know more.



21 thoughts on “Bringing a new dog home – How to prepare to welcome your new furry baby!

  1. Rhain says:

    Bringing a dog home is definitely a huge decision such that it has to be well thought out and planned accordingly. Like you mentioned, it is like having a baby and we can agree that the preparation that precedes the coming of a child is  no meagre task. I think these tips will really come in handy as I am currently in the process of getting a dog and I am trying to ensure that everything is in place before her arrival. Thanks for sharing

    1. marina says:

      I’m glad the post was of some assistance! And keep following us for continued dog training tips if you do get your puppy!

      I wish all the best for you and your new dog! When you are ready for them, they are the best thing anyone can wish for 🙂

  2. Parveen says:

    Your guide is awesome for Bringing a new dog at home. I learn lots of new thing via your guide. We are also planning to bring a new dog . You are doing awesome work for dog lovers to know what is the basic requirement while bringing a new dog at home.  After reading I feel very comfortable and buy all things needed for my coming dog at my home. You have done a grate work. Keep it up.

    1. Marina says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! 
      I hope you can make use of all of this when you get your new beautiful pup and I’d LOVE to hear how it goes and help in whatever ways I can.

  3. MrBiizy says:

    Hello Marina. You opened my eyes to what I never knew before now. Thank you for sharing this guide on how to prepare in order to welcome a new dog home. I am quite familiar with the crate as an effective tool to put our dog under control plus toilet training. I really love your crate considering the fact that it is collapsible so it can be taken anywhere we go.

    You really caught my attention and I was like “Wow!” when you discussed the use of the Kong. I knew that dogs haunt for food but I never truly looked into it. So it made sense putting food in the Kong so they’ll have to work and even have fun while getting their food.

    Using the long lead is something I really love too. I truly love this post!

    1. Marina says:

      That’s awesome! Yes, people don’t think too much about HOW they feed their dogs and it makes a huge difference on the dog’s ability to listen! 
      if you have a dog, try it! Please let me know if you love it 😍 

  4. Shanta Rahman says:

    Many thanks to you for giving us such a wonderful article .I have a dog and this is a very good friend of mine .I brought my dog from a shelter .The steps needed to bring a new baby home require a lot of care to keep a dog and so on. The key to success is of course, prior preparation .For this, all necessary accessories including Crate, Kong are required .I was able to successfully make the journey of having my dog through these simple tools with great calm and good training .So far my dog has been much better I hope in the future .

    Lastly, I would like to say to all of you that you can read this article and follow these rules to start a successful journey on bringing a dog to your home with these simple tools and will soon share your new experience.

    1. Marina says:

      That’s absolutely wonderful that you were successful in bringing your dog home.

      Adopting a dog from a shelter is an act of love that requires consistency and patience, but the reward is indescribable! I’d love to help if you need any tips on any issues you may find with your pup! Please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  5. Rodarrick says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this post here. In all honesty, I cannot say anything less than to just thank you for sharing because I was already thinking of ways to get myself a new dog but I was very afraid of what my family would think. Thank you for sharing this out here. Thumbs up for sharing

    1. marina says:

      Hi Rodarrick,

      You are very welcome and I am sure your family will love the new dog!

      Please don’t hesitate to contact me for tips and advices when you get him or her 🙂

  6. Cathy says:

    Having a crate or a carrier is so important but some owners dislike the restriction. We do puppy adoption frequently all the time here and I always advise pet owners to get a small crate when caring for the young ones. First it keeps them safe and second, it teaches them routine like feeding and toilet time. Of course, as the puppy gets older, it may need a bigger crate or a dedicated area where he/she could hide or rest whenever they want. 

    1. marina says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for your comment. You are correct, the owner’s misconceptions often get in the way of the dog’s best interests. That’s why I believe it’s so important to educate people on dog behaviour and needs.

  7. Pentrental says:

    I agree that many times underestimate bringing home a new dog. It can be more challenging than people might think, so it’s nice to have some beneficial information to help prepare. Dogs can be challenging especially when put into the wrong environment. Great point in saying that different dogs have different needs. After all, dogs have  been bred for different purposes throughout history. Crates, kongs and leashes are three essential items to start with, and I think you’ve provided some excellent references here for all of these items. I’ll definitely save your post and share it with some dog owners who I know. Thanks for the excellent information on bringing a new dog home!

  8. arzu hosan says:

    Many thanks to you for sharing such a beautiful article with us, and through you I had the opportunity to discuss a wonderful topic. I love dogs very much and have a pet dog of my own. When I brought my dog home 2 years ago, I could not properly train my dog. And then I was very worried about my dog and I had a baby in my house. And I was always worried about when a dog would hurt my baby. Then I couldn’t find a beautiful Crate for my dog where I could put my dog. But when I read your article, I found a very nice Crate in your article and I want to buy it again for my dog because my dog is still very occasional. I think your article will be a useful article for everyone and everyone will share their experiences with you

    1. marina says:

      Thank you for you comment.

      I wish you all the best with the dog and baby! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need tips or advice on how to make that relationship easier. 

  9. Edwin Bernard says:

    This post was quite an education. Most of what you recommended I had not heard before. If and when we get a new dog I will take these into consideration.

    Over the past 35 years we have had 6 dogs as pets and so many cats I have lost count. Our dogs have varied in size from the terrier mixes that are our smallest dogs to a German Shepard that was our biggest. The three we have now are two terrier mixes that are the youngest and a Maltese Poodle that is the oldest. 

    They all have no problems eating from their bowls. The four cats we currently have get along quite well with them. 

    Recently we had a brush fire around where we live. We had to evacuate to a High School gym and they had cages for dogs.Since our three dogs get on well together we selected a large cage (crate) and placed all three in it. They get on very well and always show much affection for each other. 

    Thanks for sharing this article about adopting a new dog. 


  10. Stephen Thiam says:

    You are really experienced to take care dog and understand how to give the dog the best. I fully agreed with 3 tips you have mentioned. Your crate is better than I small corner I make for my dog. You can bring the crate along with you. Now I understand my dog not calm in the car. Thanks for good sharing. Your Kong is better than the bowl is right. Dog finish the food too fast and normally they are not satisfy yet. After reading your content, I know why my dog like me to bring him out with a long lead. He is very discipline with long lead even walking outside the house. Great content. 

    1. marina says:

      I am glad I could be of some assistance.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

  11. Benny says:

    Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. it was really tasking getting prepared to bring scubby(my dog) home but all had to be in place for my daughter. although i am just learning about the kong today. thank you for the information

    1. admin says:

      Im glad you enjoyed the post!

      The kong is an amazing asset! please let me know how you go if you get one.


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