Welcome a new puppy to the family

Puppies like to know what to expect; plan your routine for feeding, potty trips, exercise and grooming so you can get started on day one. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Family Features Special to Valley News Introducing a new puppy to your household can bring many rewards; however, getting the hang of things can take some time, especially for first-time pet owners. In fact, it takes the average pet owner almost four months to get into the flow with a new four-legged family member, according to a survey by Royal Canin. Eight in 10 respondents said the first year of pet ownership is the most important, but that doesn't mean it’s easy. The survey found 64% believe the first year is also the most difficult and deciding how to train a new pet was cited as the most important decision pet parents have to make. “Bringing a puppy home is a hugely rewarding experience for pet owners, but it’s also a time of huge challenges and steep learning curve
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