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Congratulations on adopting your new dog! Here are some tips from CAP to help you keep your dog happy and healthy.  You will need supplies, like food, dishes, a collar and a leash.  Bringing a new pet into the home, particularly if you have other pets, requires a period of acclimitization.  Dogs are playful and may chew on or eat hazardous objects - make sure to dog proof your home so your new friend stays safe.  Consider weather conditions before keeping your dog outside - always give plenty of water and ensure shade when they are out of doors.  Just like other family members, your dog will need yearly health checkups so a good veternarian is a must.  To help your dog fit in and flourish, teach him good manners and to eliminate when and where you want him too through training.  And last but not least, play with your dog.  Dogs love to play and need the exercise - take your dog to one of Houston's many dog parks and get to know other dogs and their companions.  Welcome to the community of canine friends!