29 great advice for people who just got a dog  

The first time you bring home a puppy, rescue, or adult dog, there are many obstacles to overcome, from researching breeds to buying food and dog-proofing the home.  

Vet registration Find reputable local vets and schedule your dog's first visit, immunizations, parasite control, and future checkups.  

Training skills Since this is your first dog, you should get professional training.  

Research trainer systems to find one you like and one that fits your breed.   

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Finally, start teaching basic commands—the sooner you start, the faster they'll become second nature.   

Socialization classes Take your dog to puppy school when he's old enough to learn how to behave with non-littermates.  

A trainer will educate you how to raise your dog to be friendly but not overbearing.  

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