Adopting a dog is an adventure unlike any other. Whether a playful puppy or a rescued adult or senior dog, you cannot ever be truly prepared for the ways in which your heart opens, and your life is likely, albeit delightfully, turned upside down. However, you can be ready with the expert tips, tools, and skills you’ll need to start you and your newest family member off on the best paw possible. From training and diet, socializing and care, here is what you need to know.
Select your new dog’s life stage to get started:
Let’s face it, puppies are a handful, but oh, puppies! This stage is a critical time in a dog’s life. What you do now can help them grow into a happy, healthy and well-adjusted dog.
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New puppy FAQs
What do I feed my new puppy?
What vaccines does my new puppy need?
How do I protect my puppy against fleas?
How do I give my puppy a bath?
What can I expect at my puppy’s first vet visit?
My puppy threw up—now what?
A rescue dog’s transition into a forever home can be stressful for them. Establishing a healthy routine can make them feel safe, comfortable and settled in their new life.
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New adult dog FAQs
What do I feed my new dog?
How do I get my dog to trust me?
How do I teach my dog to be calm in their crate?
Should I brush my dog’s teeth?
How do I travel my new dog?
What plants are poisonous to dogs?
Older dogs make phenomenal companions, but seniors do have unique health needs. Once you get into their lane, you will have an unforgettable experience (and probably save a life).
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New senior dog FAQs
What do I look for in senior dog food?
How can I stop my senior dog from whining?
My senior dog threw up—now what?
How do I stop senior dog diarrhea?
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