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Looking to add a furry member to your family? A new puppy is a perfect way to fill your home with love, but it’s also a big adjustment (even for your dog!). Whether you’re adopting or purchasing from a breeder, test your doggie IQ and make sure you’re fully prepared to bring home your new best friend.

Did You Know?

When called, dogs only listen to the first syllable of their name—so if you name your puppy “Hercules”—he or she will respond to “Herc”.

  • 1. Before you decide to get a dog, you should first:

    (A)Make sure everyone in the home really wants one

    (B)Research breeds to compare characteristics, demeanor, size, and lifestyle

    (C)Check rules and requirements in your building/community

    (D)Consider any potential allergies

    (E)All of the above

  • 2. If you’re adopting, you should:

    (A)Go online and check out the dogs that are up for adoption

    (B)Check requirements for adoption, like vet references or leases

    (C)Name your dog to start forming an attachment to them



  • 3. When you get your new pup home, you should immediately:

    (A)Put him in his crate

    (B)Take him to the area where he will relieve himself

    (C)Feed him

    (D)Wash him

  • 4. In the days following your dog’s arrival, you should:

    (A)See a vet to schedule any necessary vaccines

    (B)Send photos to the shelter to show how well he’s adjusting

    (C)Take a dog training class

    (D)Remain quiet and calm and limit visitors to allow your dog time to get to know you

    (E)All of the above

  • 5. The best way to puppy proof your home is:

    (A)Secure cabinets with child-proof locks; Keep cords out of reach; secure any choking hazards

    (B)Keep the puppy crated at all times except when you plan to play with it/feed it

    (C)Keep dogs leashed outside when they aren’t being monitored

    (D)Learn commands that will teach your dog to avoid dangerous areas, like “Danger!”

  • 6. When introducing your new pup to other dogs in the home, you should:

    (A)Allow them to play and interact freely

    (B)Leash or crate the new pup while existing animals sniff around and explore his scent

    (C)Take them on a walk together and keep them at a distance of about 10-feet

    (D)Bring your current dog to the shelter to check his chemistry with pups before you adopt

  • 7. To prepare for your puppy’s homecoming, make sure you have the following:

    (A)Puppy toys

    (B)Collar and leash



    (E)All of the above