What to Expect When You’re Expecting

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

When considering adopting a new puppy or adult rescue, there are lots of things to take into consideration first. Taking on a new furry family member is a hard job! It can be daunting and exhausting at times, but in the end- it is so rewarding. There are strains that come with adopting (especially if this is your first dog). Some examples include financial strains, training, pet insurance, behavior, preparing your home, and exercising; to name a few.

Here is a link from “Dogs 101” Youtube Channel that helps you to mentally and physically prepare for adoption in the future!

Financial Preparation

  • There are a few things to keep in mind that are the essentials when adopting a new dog:
    • Crate
    • Toys
    • Training/Behaviour Classes
    • Food
    • Annual vaccines
    • Exam costs
    • Fecal tests (as needed)
    • Microchipping
    • Spay/Neuter
    • Any further medications
    • Unseen accidents
    • Accessories (leashes, collars, treats, beds)
    • Nail trims
    • Pet insurance


  • We recommend novice owners to go to a puppy class to help with training and behavior
  • These facilities can cover anything basic (sit, down, stay, etc) but also include walking on leash and other behavior modifications/corrections
  • They are a great resource if you are having a hard time at home with crate training, stopping him/her from jumping up on people, chewing excessively, etc.
  • If you’d like recommendations on training facilities – please don’t hesitate to ask and let us know!


What do I need for the day of the adoption to prepare at home?

  • a crate and/or x-pen
    • A crate is great for night-time use! This allows the puppy to have a place to sleep at the end of a long day and to ensure they are being kept in a secure spot through the night
      • Crates also allow for more opportunities to house-train the puppy throughout the night. If they wake you up through the night, you can then take them straight outside to go to the bathroom!
    • An x-pen is a great item to have during the day-time while slowly integrating your puppy to their surroundings (it can keep them to one area in the house while they are house-training so you can keep an eye on them)
  • some pee pads or papers (until they become house-trained)
  • toys
  • leash
  • collar
  • treats
  • water & food bowls
  • food

Pet Insurance

  • Insurance allows you to have peace of mind. We always suggest getting insurance because it helps to cover the cost of the big accidents in life that perhaps you did not anticipate ever happening!
  • There are lots of companies out there who provide pet insurance, but you don’t know where to start?


  • Daily walks are needed when adopting a puppy
  • If you live in an apartment, you may need to take them out every hour
  • Some larger, high-energy breeds like Collies, Huskies, or Shepherds may need more than just a daily walk, they need a more challenging form of exercise like jogging or hiking for a few hours of the day
  • It’s always good to keep your dog active as long as you can. The more you do during the day, the more likely they are to sleep well at night!

Adult vs. Puppy

  • So, you’re not adopting a puppy rescue?
  • Please find more information here about what to expect when it comes to adopting an older age dog as opposed to a puppy

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