Bringing Home New Puppy

Bringing Home New Puppy

Few words evoke as much spontaneous glee as ‘my new puppy’. But, it’s also true that some might react with mild dread at the mere thought of the work involved in adopting a new pup. Fortunately, Dr. Sarah is ready to share the fruits of her personal experience and veterinary wisdom, all to help viewers ensure a smooth transition into the wonderful world of puppydom.

In the latest episode of Pet Talk, our puppy-loving doctor is joined by a very special co-host – Sarge. While technically not a sergeant (or even a human), Sarge is qualified to assist in this department, as he is a full-time puppy. With Sarge’s help, Dr. Sarah will reveal how, with just a little bit of prep work, you and your newest family member will be getting down to the business of bonding and creating adorable memories.

From tips on what you’ll need to buy before bringing your puppy home, to how to safely puppy-proof your home, to ideas for communicating effectively with your pup, to dietary considerations and so much more, Sarah and Sarge will demonstrate what you need to know in order to put your best paw forward.

From all of us here at Life’s Abundance, we send our heartfelt wishes for a long, healthy and happy relationship with your new canine companion.

Comments (12) -

  • Shana

    1/25/2013 4:44:04 PM |

    Unfortunately, one of the most important puppy instructions was not included - protection from disease. Puppies should not be taken into a public environment - not even the floor of the vet clinic - until fully vaccinated. This is 4 months old on the earliest schedule.
    Also, no mention was made of spaying/neutering. This oversight is extremely distressing given the number of abandoned pregnant dogs and the resulting offspring.

  • Janet Roberts

    1/27/2013 8:44:25 AM |

    Great info for new puppy owners!  Especially about nutrition and puppy-proofing your home.  It's easy to forget how curious puppies are about everything!

  • Linda Jennings

    1/30/2013 6:18:24 AM |

    Thank You Dr Sarah. This is Great information.
    Linda Jennings

  • Roger Bernard

    1/31/2013 10:16:18 AM |

    Very polished presentation. Thank you. If new dogs owners followed even 1/2 of your advice, they wouldn't need me Smile

    Roger Alan Bernard

  • Sarah

    2/3/2013 12:28:36 PM |

    Hi Shana!

    Thank you for your comment.  Prevention of infectious disease AND spaying and neutering your pets are important parts of overall puppy care.  We have a terrible time with parvo virus in our area, and even though we disinfect the floors regularly, I always recommend to clients to carry their little pups in and out of the clinic.  

    I always recommend to talk with your veterinarian about disease concerns in your geographical area, as well as scheduling the right time to spay/neuter.

    Thanks again!

  • Alma Rice

    2/3/2013 5:42:28 PM |

    Thank you Dr Sarah that was helpful most people don't think about take their new puppy to the vet when they get them from the breeders. So I'm going to try the Skin & Coat for dogs and cats I have siberian huskies that play in the mud it dry out their skin.

    Alma Rice
    Siberian husky Breeder,
    wild winds sierian husky  

  • Debbie Damesworth

    2/20/2013 7:37:25 AM |

    Thank you, Dr. Sarah, for this very informative video.  I have a few friends with new puppies that I will have them see this. It's definitely apparent that you enjoy what you are doing. Glad you are part of our team.

    Debbie Damesworth
    Northville, MI

  • Jean Rudek

    5/25/2013 2:36:57 PM |

    Dr. Sarah,
    I have a concern regarding puppy food and calcification build up due to growing so fast. It has been brought to my attention that with some puppy foods the amount of calcium can cause faster then normal growth especially in large breed dogs. Is Life's Abindance safe for my German Shepherd puppy?

  • Diane Cukrowicz

    1/15/2014 4:43:51 AM |

    Dr Sarah,
    I have a question about the amount of waste my 7-month-old large breed pup produces.  It is so much more than my previous two dogs of the same breed that I was wondering if it has to do with Life's Abundance Large Breed Puppy Food, which my previous dogs didn't get.  He is very large, healthy and happy (even more so than the other two at 7 months).  I was just wondering if the waste issue is just my pup or if the food helps him to completely eliminate all waste better than most other foods?

  • Sarah wooten

    1/24/2014 5:51:50 AM |


    Life's Abundance large breed puppy is an excellent choice for your german shepherd puppy.  It is specially formulated to help the bones and joints of large breed puppies grow properly.  As important as the type of food is the amount of calories - make sure to not OVERFEED your puppy, as too many calories can cause as many problems as the wrong type of food.  Work with your veterinarian to determine the right amount of food to feed per day.

  • Sarah wooten

    1/24/2014 5:54:56 AM |

    Hi Diane:

    I recommend talking to your veterinarian, but one thing you could try is adding some fiber.  Try a couple of tablespoons of canned pumpkin per day to see if that doesn't decrease the amount of feces.  If not, then a visit to your vet is in order.

  • Tiffany

    7/23/2019 10:37:59 AM |

    We are getting a new puppy in a couple of weeks. Goldendoodle. What is a good food? With all the controversy about grain free etc..

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