Your Newly Adopted Dog


The temperature in a parked car can climb to 120 degrees in 30 minutes when the outside temperature is only 75, even if windows are partially open. An animal can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperature.

Leave Your Pooch at Home!

Want to help get the word out? Print out a few of our flyers and carry them in your glove compartment. That way if you see a dog left in a hot car with no ventilation, you can leave one on the windshield letting the owner know how dangerous that can be. Of course, if it's an emergency and the animal is suffering, call the police immediately.

  • If you catch your dog having an accident in the house, startle him with a shake can and rush over to him, say “NO” gently and then rush him outside. Give him lots of praise once he finishes. If you don’t catch him in the act, don’t reprimand him. Your dog will not understand or remember what he did wrong.
  • Use a crate or a small area, such as a kitchen to confine your dog when he can’t be supervised. Dogs do not want to defecate where they must remain. A crate is a useful training tool, but don’t use it to imprison you dog for a long period of time. A crate should be a place where the dog is happy and comfortable. Use high value treats when the dog must be crated.
  • Make sure to use the same door and watch for signs that he has to go out. Once outside, take him to his favorite spot and repeat a command like “Hurry up!” while you wait. Repeat the command every time he goes and give him lots of praise when he finishes.
  • Until your dog is housebroken, it is important to set up a feeding, watering and walking schedule to be consistent. For example, take him out first thing in the morning. After he eats and drinks, take him for a walk immediately. When he relieves himself, give him lots of praise. Consult your veterinarian for your dog’s food and water needs.
  • Use an odor neutralizer, which can be bought from a pet store to clean up messes inside. Ordinary household cleaners only mask odors for humans. Neutralizers help eliminate odors that dogs can smell.
  • Never punish your dog during housebreaking and only use positive reinforcements
  • Always keep a tag with your phone number on your dog’s collar. Never leave a choke collar on an unattended dog.
  • Dogs and puppies thrive on love, attention and affection. Spend lots of play-time with your dog.
  • When our dog misbehaves, correct him with a stern voice. Never hit your dog or yell at your dog.
  • All dogs need to be exercised and socialized (with people and other dogs). Never tease a dog.
  • Always have a bowl of fresh water for your dog (not the toilet).
  • Dogs and puppies need to chew: providing them with appropriate toys eliminates unwanted, destructive behavior.
  • Dogs have very sensitive hearing. Do not expose your dog to loud noises (fireworks, loud music, screaming and yelling).
  • Take your dog to age and ability appropriate training classes.
  • Make him part of your family. Most puppies and dogs love to go with you whenever possible.
  • Email us with any questions, problems or concerns. It is better to reach out right away than to wait until things get out of hand. We have a lot of experience and a network of trainers who will work with you.
  • Keep up the routine puppy shots. Check with your vet for the proper intervals for vaccinations.
  • Get your puppy altered by the date noted in your adoption agreement.


Portchester Obedience Training Club

220 Ferris Ave (rear ground floor)
White Plains, NY


  • Dogs need quality protein. Feed your dog or puppy a high quality food, either wet or dry or a combination of both.
  • Read the label on the package. It should contain:
    • Whole, fresh meats or single source meat/fish, such as “chicken” meal rather than “poultry” meal.
    • Meat/Chicken should be listed as the first ingredient on the label. Fish and beef or lamb and chicken combos round out the amino acid profile.
    • Whole unprocessed grains and vegetables are essential nutrients for a balanced diet.
  • Most of these foods are available in quality pet stores. Do not buy store brand food.

Do not feed your dog:

  • Chocolate or any kind of sweets, onions, grapes, raisins, excess alt of milk.
  • Chicken bones or any bones that could splinter and lodge int their intestines.
  • Rawhide is bad for dogs, give them bully sticks instead
  • Please research treats that you want to give your dog before buying any.

Make sure that there are no artificial colors or artificial preservatives, such as BHA, BHT or Ethoxyquin, in the food or treats