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Continue to feed your dog the same food it was eating before you brought it home. Don’t make any drastic changes in its food until it has acclimated to its new surroundings. Check with your vet to determine the best kind and amount of food to feed your dog each day. Simply reading the label on your dog food package may not be enough; your dog may have special needs. Speak to the vet about what makes sense for your dog.
Be certain that your dog is getting sufficient exercise. Regular play and exercise is essential to keep your dog happy, both physically and mentally. Your dog will get the exercise it needs (and you’ll be a little more active yourself) from virtually any kind of outdoor activity you share with it. Find ways for your dog to help you each day, such as training it to fetch the morning paper. The training will challenge him mentally and the affection you show for a job well done will bond him to the family routine.
Depending on the breed of dog you have, you may need to find a groomer or learn to groom your dog yourself. If your dog has short hair, you can probably take care of this yourself with a brush. Your dog’s toenails will mostly likely need cutting unless he runs on hard surfaces fairly often, like cement. You may also need to trim around its paws to the fur does not get matted.
Take care of your dog and he or she will become a loyal friend.