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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Turmeric Revealed

Turmeric is the most underestimated supplement that you need to add to your daily routine. This familiar nutrient gives Indian cuisine its yellowish hue and comes from the root of a plant that grows in Asia and Central America. The best part of this compound is that it is beneficial for everyone; whether you are trying to prevent conditions are looking to help treat them, turmeric has something for everyone.

Unfortunately, not every supplement is created equal. Paleovalley is dedicated to sourcing the highest quality, organic ingredients to compose their supplements. Check out these 4, science-proven reasons why you need a turmeric complex supplement, and get started with the best possible source of turmeric from Paleovalley.

Nature's anti-inflammatory

Paleovalley's Turmeric Complex contains not one, but four anti-inflammatory superfoods. Turmeric is an inflammation reduction superhero because it blocks the molecule NF-kB, which travels into the core of our cells and turns on genes causing inflammation1. However, ginger, rosemary, and cloves have also been proven to blast swelling. Recent studies showed these spices are the most potent sources for natural inflammation reduction and protection against oxidative stress.

Natural, whole, organic ingredients

Most turmeric supplements on the market only contain the main active ingredient found in turmeric, curcumin. While curcumin is a powerhouse in itself, turmeric in its whole form has been found to be stronger than extracted curcumin, and it contains about 300 other beneficial components. Even with curcumin being taken out, turmeric has been shown to produce the same great health benefits as it does with the curcumin. Therefore, having the whole food form, curcumin plus all the other compounds found in turmeric, will by far produce the best health benefits.

Reduce and reverse aging

Aging comes from our DNA being damaged. Most of the damage is normal and essential for living a healthy life. However, most of us do damage outside of the typical to our DNA; those sunburns at the beach, the "occasional" treats in our diets, extreme stress all takes their toll on our genes. In a human trial, turmeric, rosemary, and ginger proved to the most effective superfoods for protecting our DNA against breaks and damage. Luckily you can find all these ingredients in Paleovalley's Turmeric Complex.

Delivery is key

We all know delivery is key when it comes to success. The same is true in our supplements. Turmeric is not easily absorbed into the blood without the aid of black pepper or coconut oil2. In fact, black pepper increases the absorption of turmeric up to six times and a healthy fat (i.e. coconut oil) delivers the compounds in turmeric in the most absorbable way. Therefore, Paleovalley's Turmeric Complex contains the appropriate amounts of black pepper and coconut oil to ensure the nutrient-rich superfoods within their supplement are as bioavailable as possible.

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I Tried Ribbon. Here's What Happened

I've been a real estate agent for years, but lately it's been a struggle to find new clients and close deals. I mean, with the pandemic in full-force, nobody's thinking about moving in my area. And even when they are, securing the loan to make a competitive offer isn't easy. I've been in the biz for over 9 years and I'll admit that the whole real estate industry is starting to feel a bit archaic.

Even when I identified a potential client, it became clear that financial concerns were a huge workaround. The housing market is historically competitive and winning the house was much more difficult than finding clients. We'd drive around for hours viewing dozens of homes, but winning offers were few and thin.

The worst part would be when my client actually won the home and couldn't get their mortgage on time. For one reason or another, delays were very common, especially right now. It seemed like no matter how hard I tried, I would never be able to close.

When a former colleague reached out to me to see how I was doing, I admitted it was tough going. Bonnie laughed and said she'd had the exact same problem. She told me about how the real estate platform called Ribbon had helped her close three times more houses than she had in the past year.

I was familiar with platforms that allow home buyers to browse listings based on their own specifications and budget, but those types of websites never helped me close a listing. Instead, people would browse online, maybe show up at an open house, and then reveal that they can't pay in cash. Besides, they'd need much more time before making such a momentous decision.

But then Bonnie said Ribbon wasn't like any of those other websites. Instead, Ribbon is totally transforming the home buying and selling process.

Home-buying has always been overly complicated and time-consuming. Families are frustrated with an outdated system that's unfairly balanced towards institutional corporate buyers and investors.

I've always been trying to combat the fast-paced nature of the real estate market. Just think about it. Investing in a house is the most money you'll probably ever spend in your life. It's an emotional decision that takes time and there shouldn't be any pressure to "close quickly."

Ribbon cuts out all the noise. They've designed a series of tools that deliver a stress-free real estate experience. For my clients buying homes, Ribbon makes them more competitive in the market by offering an upgraded all cash offer to give them the best chance of winning the home and a potential cash discount. Even better, it gives them certainty of moving into their new house on-time and without any fuss.

Ribbon also provides an all-in-one ecosystem that helps reinvent the home buying and selling process in their communities. When I jumped on their site for a bit of research, I found that Ribbon steps in to help buyers reserve their home if they need more time to get everything together.

Ribbon equips realtors with all the tools needed to provide buyers with a guaranteed offer in under one hour! No mark-ups or loan requirements, and the house is guaranteed to sell so my job is done.

I decided to take the leap and join Ribbon and was thrilled that a dedicated customer success representative and expert would guide me through the entire process. My service rep made it super easy - I barely had to fill out any forms and they were my go-to for any questions

From there, the rep helped me begin using Ribbon in my community. And if I ever have any complications with a client she'd assist me. It's great knowing that I have someone in my corner. Plus, Ribbon gives me a space to organize all conversations pertaining to any deals, track activity from other parties, digitally sign, and create a paper trail for audits. I decided to pitch Ribbon to a few of my existing clients and they absolutely loved it.

Just two weeks on Ribbon and I already have my first potential buyers in months! I'm a huge proponent of the "guaranteed close" since it's much more beneficial for both parties. I can't believe how archaic traditional real estate feels now.

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My Experience Using Green Chef's Nutritious Meal Kit

It's not that I haven't had a routine the last few months, it's that my routine has resembled that of a college freshman, without all the partying. I was fed up with feeling "ugh" every day so I decided to get back to a healthier routine for my mind and body.

I needed to get out of my apartment more, so a short walk a day is a good start. Plus I ordered some books to substitute all the time spent lazing at screens. Next thing I wanted to tackle was my " eat what I want when I want" habit. Food had definitely become my comfort, in a bad way. I enjoy healthy meals, but I kept reaching for the frozen pizza, share bag of chips, and of course, the take-out menus.

If I could get into a good routine with my meals, it would be the key to structuring my whole day. But cooking and meal planning was never my strong suit, so my sister recommended trying a meal kit. She tried Green Chef and said it not only helps her cook tasty, healthy meals, but also cuts down her time spent cooking, and her trips to the grocery store.

I checked out Green Chef and I was impressed, the meals looked yummy and really healthy and only $6.66 per serving. Exactly what I needed to be putting in my body. To kickstart my new routine, I signed up to Green Chef to see if it was really that good, plus their plans are flexible, I can pause, tweak or cancel at anytime. Here's how my first week trying my new routine went;

Day 1: My Green Chef box arrived at my door right on time

They offer four meal plans, Keto, Plant-Based, Carb-conscious, and the one I opted for, Balanced Living, which offers plenty of choices including meat, seafood, and vegetarian dinners.

My new plan even inspired my new goal for my routine; Balanced Living. Everything in moderation.

Now that the fresh ingredients for my four meals are in my fridge, I'm getting a little nervous. Will I be able to cook them properly? Will they even taste good? On a brighter note, I got my morning walk in before work.

Day 2: Time to get stuck in

I had my oatmeal and berries for breakfast, got a productive workday done, and now it was time to see if I can make Sesame-Ginger Salmon and Cauliflower rice with roasted green beans.

As I was placing all the prepped, pre-measured ingredients on my kitchen counter along with my step by step recipe card, my confidence started to build. My ingredients are all ready to go and the card made it look so easy.

30 minutes later I was sitting down enjoying my first home-cooked meal in a very long time. And compliments to the chef, if I do say so myself! All Green Chef's ingredients are organic, as they are a certified organic company so that also helped with the freshness and taste. And I loved how all their packaging was recyclable, even the insulation they use in the delivery box.

Day 3: Time to add more to my balanced routine

After my day was done I took a brisk walk around my neighborhood. It felt good to get in some steps and with dinner only taking less than half an hour to cook I had the extra time to myself in the evenings to read my true-crime thriller.

On the menu this evening was a Chickpea and Veggie Couscous bowl with roasted zucchini, grape tomatoes & feta cheese. The picture on the recipe card had my mouth watering the whole time I was cooking, so it was no surprise I dug straight in the second it was in the bowl. I didn't even know I was a fan of couscous, but it tastes amazing with the roasted veg and chickpeas.

Day 4: Loving the structure of my new days

Knowing exactly what I was going to have for dinner was helping ease my mid-day stress levels. I found myself looking forward to cooking my next Green Chef creation all day. And just knowing I was going to be eating a fresh nutritious dinner was making me opt for healthier choices when it came to my breakfast and snacks.

Green Chef was even covering my lunches sometimes with leftovers from the night before. The meals stayed good for a day or two in an airtight container in the fridge so I can mix and match my lunch and dinner throughout the week. I also was delighted with the zero food waste, I only received the exact amount of each ingredient I need and it tastes so good.

Day 5: Feeling the benefits

After leftover Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto crostini for lunch I was able to get some in steps and fresh air during my lunch break too.

When I got home I was ready to cook my final Green Chef meal of the week, Mushroom and Swiss Burger and Roasted sweet potato fries with scallion, and lemon aioli. Kept the best for last - it was so good I wanted to eat the two burgers, but I didn't.

Week one down and I can't wait for week two, especially if it tastes this good. Who knew having fresh organic ingredients with set recipes set right to my door would help structure my days, and help me get into a healthier eating and lifestyle routine? My head and body are in a better, stronger place after only one week of my new routine with Green Chef.

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How Block Convinced Us To Do A Kitchen Renovation

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There was a sharp knock at the door.

It was Millie from 2A, in a fluffy bathrobe and panda slippers. "It's raining on my kitchen table." She lives directly below us. "You've got a leak."

The corroded pipes had finally given way; the kitchen hadn't been updated since the Nixon administration and we'd been putting off redo-ing it.

Millie gave us the number for the best plumber in the neighborhood, and the next morning, my husband Cooper and I waited nervously for the verdict.

"This is just a bandaid," he said. "It'll last three-four months. But after that . . . kablooey."

"Oh no," I wailed. "We have to redo the entire kitchen before Millie's ceiling crashes down on her head!"

I immediately started searching for contractors, dishwashers, and flooring. Hours later, after reading every Yelp review and blog in all 5 boroughs, I was overwhelmed. Not only that, I was terrified the costs would be astronomical. There's no way we can do this ourselves.

But if professionals were going to redo it, we needed the holy grail: high-quality, affordability, and it had to be fast. One name that came up multiple times in our search was Block Renovation.

I'd never heard of it, but what makes them truly different is that they bring design, materials, and construction under one roof.

We looked at their site, and immediately noticed two things: their renovations were gorgeous, and so reasonably priced . . . Okay. Plus, that includes a designer who will create 3D-renderings of our new kitchen. Hello 21st century.

Their success is due to the coordination of their teams - each project is planned and built with precision, cost-efficiency, and the highest standards - they have their own contractors, and first-rate project management planning.

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Too Good To Be True?

We dug deep, clicking around the site, previewing exquisite designs. And, since they offered a free estimate, we filled out their brief questionnaire (pre-war, or post-war apt., etc.) - just to see.

Within 5 minutes we had a free estimate that provided a price range for the renovation. The numbers made sense, so we continued on, still ready to back out at any moment, if necessary.

Next, Block conducts a site survey - a Certified Contractor inspects the site to develop a game plan. Then, based on photos and videos of our kitchen, Block delivers an all-inclusive proposal.

With such a straightforward, transparent process, and clear pricing upfront - we took the plunge and went with Block.

The Magic Is In The Planning

After Coops uploaded the "before" shots for our dream kitchen, Block got back to us with a timeline. The pre-construction phase - which includes board approval and permits - and design and procurement can take 2 - 3 months. And the construction phase could take a month or so. That's super-fast!

During the design period, we had thousands of options to choose from - from fridges to sink fixtures to wall paints. When Block delivered a detailed 3D-rendering of our customized, architect-designed space, we were ready to begin.

They indicated precisely what we'd get before it was built, then ordered and delivered all the necessary materials so we didn't have to source them ourselves.

Breaking Ground

Suddenly, it was time for construction. They assured us that our Certified Contractor would follow a set of proprietary Block construction standards to ensure a high-quality renovation that includes protection, demolition, plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, and the full installation of all fixtures & finishes.

Expecting to see coffee cups and litter strewn about the place, we were impressed by how well-organized and clean the site was, how easygoing the team was – and how quickly things were progressing.

There's No Place Like Home

When everything's finished, we say goodbye to the friendly workers, and feast our eyes on our new kitchen for the first time. Block's exceptional design decisions actually expanded the room.

Such light, such space - timeless simplicity in the heart of our home.

I'm happily snapping "after" photos - selfies of me and Cooper beside the stove, the gleaming fridge - when the doorbell rings.

It's Millie, with a bottle of champagne. "I'm here for the unveiling!" She stares about in amazement.

Coops and I clink our glasses with Millie's and toast, "to Block Renovation."

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Don’t Just Forget About Your Accident - Get The Compensation You Deserve

Car accidents are unfortunately too common in the US and they're not always harmless fender-benders. The CDC reported that over 257,000 older adults and approximately 300,000 teens were treated in emergency rooms because of motor vehicle accidents.

The hours and days following a car accident are intense and confusing. First and foremost you need to take care of yourself medically but that does come at a cost - and it's not small. The average cost for an accident-caused injury is $27,000.

Between hospitals, insurance, and the other parties you're being pulled in a ton of different directions; the best solution to minimize all this is to hire a personal injury attorney.

Most people think that personal injury suits are for people who slip and fall in grocery stores or medical malpractice, but motor vehicle accidents actually make up 52% of personal injury cases.

Many people struggle to find an attorney after getting into an accident. It's hard to find a lawyer that's nearby, vetted, and available but once you find one it's definitely worth it.

There's no commitment to pursue any legal action when you speak to an attorney. However, it helps you understand what case you do have. They can help explain what kind of compensation you can expect, your rights under state law, if they can represent you with your insurance company, and any documents and information you need to provide.

Car accidents hurt more than just your vehicle. Though medical bills accrue after being injured in an accident, there can also be a loss of wage, car repairs, insurance payments, and more. Personal injury attorneys are here to help you navigate this time in your life no matter how big or small the accident.

You never know what you may be entitled to after an accident until you speak with an attorney. You can't control a car accident but you can control how you deal with the aftermath.

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I Knew My Family Was Protected With Fabric

This year has been crazy, but for my partner and me, it's been a great year.

We bought our first home early in the year and we've recently welcomed our first child, our daughter, Chloe. We're happy to finally be starting a family and the life we always wanted.

Babies are a huge responsibility, and we were ready for that, but there were some things we hadn't thought of. When my mom told us we needed to get life insurance, we were taken aback.

We're a young and fairly healthy couple, so it never really crossed our minds. We're both super busy trying to juggle being new parents and our careers, but she was right. We have a child now who needs to be protected under any circumstance.

The only problem was, we had no idea where to start when it came to this kind of thing. We read so many parenting books, bought absolutely everything a baby could need, but we'd never looked into life insurance or anything like that.

That evening, we got online to search for the best life insurance and felt even more overwhelmed. We went onto a few sites that looked like they hadn't been updated in a decade. Most of them involved filling something out and waiting for a call. Plus, a lot of companies required a full health exam. We're super busy and just wanted things to be as simple as possible.

Then, we came across a company that stood out to us - Fabric. The site was so much clearer than the previous ones we visited, and compared to other companies, Fabric focuses on busy parents like us who want to "tackle their parental must-do list" in an easy, simple way.

While you can apply for life insurance on their website, we chose to install the Fabric app and realized that Fabric isn't just a great way to apply for insurance, it's a one-stop-shop for families and financial services. They also offer free will services, 529 plans, rainy day savings accounts, and more.

In my opinion, term life insurance is where Fabric really shines. The application takes about 10 minutes to fill out and all I had to do was answer a few simple questions. You could be approved for coverage right away but some will need to have their application reviewed by an underwriter before a final decision can be made.

If you qualify for an offer, you can adjust your coverage amount and term length prior to purchase to make your rate more affordable and, from there, it's as easy as typing in your credit card information to get covered.

I was surprised at how simple they've made it to reach this step. I didn't expect the process to be as quick and seamless as it is, but Fabric really makes it as easy as possible which is exactly what parents need.

If you're a busy new parent like us, but don't know where to start when it comes to family finances, you should check out Fabric. Their process is made for new parents, so it's much simpler than other insurance agencies.

It really has everything to do with finances, simplified under one roof. I'd highly recommend Fabric.

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Follow the Science - Accepting The Temporary During COVID-19

And how do we apply the principle of "the temporary" not only to science but to our daily lives?

On a daily basis, we hear that we should "follow the science" with regard to COVID-19. What does that mean in the context of COVID, exactly? Moreover, based on humanity's lived experience of "following the science" what does that mean in general?

By definition, "science" consists of establishing and testing falsifiable hypotheses. Once tested, a hypothesis becomes established as fact until some new element of the testing environment finds it wanting in some respect.

As a result, scientists - or, more likely, a lonely iconoclastic scientist - test a new hypothesis that refines, or even explodes, the previous hypothesis resulting in a new hypothesis. That new hypothesis becomes the latest established fact and subsequent generations marvel at their benighted ancestors who accepted the previous hypothesis.

In other words, "following the science" means accepting the temporary positions of constantly evolving human knowledge. Such knowledge has been historically disproven when more refined measurement, better information, or a genius insight comes along. Given the shortening interval required to double the total sum of human knowledge, these positions become ever more temporary.

In terms of the development of geocentric astronomy, consider the millennium that passed from the ancients to Ptolemy. A mere 500 years passed before Copernicus revolutionized the field with heliocentrism. Only 200 years elapsed before Newton elucidated the laws of motion and gravitation.

True, it was the same 200-year interval that lapsed before Einstein's quantum leap to his theory of relativity. But less than 30 years later Fr. Lemaitre posited the Big Bang theory. Since then our knowledge of physics has evolved at such a dizzying pace that every few years there are groundbreaking discoveries that change our conception (or at least scientists' conceptions) of the universe.

Here's the point: when we "follow the science" we are correct for increasingly short intervals of time. This is because we are continually learning that fundamental elements of our understanding are wrong, or woefully incomplete.

Systems we use to describe the world have gaping holes that render a system such as geo-centrism obsolete with the introduction of heliocentrism. It was inevitable that heliocentrism would be usurped by the concept of an infinite ever-expanding universe - revealing our previous understanding to be at a preschool level compared to a doctoral program.

Following the science has long been the refuge of totalitarians. How did White Supremacists in the antebellum South justify their critical race theory? With science - carefully reasoned studies and tracts that they claimed to demonstrate the genetic inferiority of Blacks.

How did the Nazi party justify its version of critical race theory? With science - carefully controlled experiments on supposed genetic deficient populations carried out by the likes of Mengele.

How did the 20th-century Marxists justify wiping out millions in the Ukraine, the Cultural Revolution, or the Killing Fields - just to name a few? With science - as they touted the revealed truth of Social Science that requires the inevitability of class struggle.

Galileo on trial defending science

Even the Catholic Church - a supposed "enemy of science" - actually suppressed Galileo in the name of science. The real charge against him was not disagreement with his theories, but that he presented the theories as fact in the face of established science at the time.

Pick your bugaboo authoritarian regime at random and you'll find that each and every one bases its authority on "science".

So, let's bring this back to COVID.

The very same authorities have told us to "follow the science" all along. Not surprisingly, that science is constantly changing. COVID seemed nothing more than a nuisance until it turned into an existential threat to humanity that required shutting down our economy.

That shutdown was supposed to be two weeks so that we could flatten the curve. But then it turned into the oxymoron of eradicating an unstoppable, communicable virus.

Wearing masks was unnecessary until it turned out to be necessary. The virus wasn't transmitted person-to-person until we realized it was transmitted person-to-person.

The Swedish approach to minimizing economic lockdown was a grossly negligent mistake that put lives at risk. But then we realized that lockdowns themselves caused more human harm and suffering than the actual virus. This goes on and on, with breathless anxiety-inducing instructions as to what we should do as responsible citizens.

If we give this a charitable reading, we can assume people are acting in good faith who realize that their "science" changes rapidly as human knowledge of COVID expands. If true, then we should take their revealed science with a healthy dose of salt and wait for it to change in short order.

If we give it a less than charitable reading, then we can assume that this is an agenda propagated by authoritarians seeking power. In an election year during which so much power is at stake, this notion isn't at all far-fetched.

As for me, I go back to simple scientific discussions about diet. During my lifetime I've seen amusing swings in scientific opinion in this regard.

Are eggs good or bad for you? Sometimes eggs have been viewed as a death sentence by cholesterol consumption - guaranteed to give you a heart attack. At other times, eggs have been touted as an essential part of your diet that promotes brain health.

Is red meat good or bad for you? Sometimes red meat lurks as a killer. At other times red meat leads the way to weight loss and energy.

As it happens, I like both eggs and red meat. Indeed, I find myself to be more energetic, happier, and more productive when I include both in my diet. Others may disagree based on a different lived experience. Fine by me, but I suspect a scientist won't convince either one of us one way or the other. After all, we have our actual experience.

So, when people tell you to "follow the science" my recommendation would be to study this rapidly changing and evolving body of knowledge and get to understand what science actually means.

Further, I'd suggest that you question the agenda of anyone who presents "science" as a settled matter that only supports their own conclusions.

Finally, I'd suggest that the practicality of your own lived experience counts for much more than esoteric theory. After all, whether explained by Ptolemy, Copernicus, Newton, or Einstein, we find our feet firmly on the ground.

Margaret Caliente is a professional athlete turned internet entrepreneur and Manhattan-based journalist.

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The Ultimate Puppy Checklist: Everything You Need For Your New Pup

Article is written by Pumpkin Pet Insurance's agency with permission to republish on the Liberty Project website. Liberty Project organization is not a licensed insurance agent and did not create this article.

You're getting a puppy? Congratulations on becoming a pawrent! While it'd be remiss to compare raising a puppy to raising a child, there are definite parallels: It requires work, patience, money, and a lot of time. And like raising a child, you'll be rewarded handsomely with love – albeit your canine companion is much more likely to lick your face in gratitude than your human child would (we hope, anyway).

Puppy parenting, like regular parenting, can be overwhelming. There's a lot for both of you to learn, and your own efforts should start before you bring your precious pooch home. Luckily for you, we've compiled the Ultimate New Puppy Checklist to get you started. Here's everything you need to know in order to be the best fur baby parent ever.

1. Make sure you're ready for what a big responsibility a puppy is!

Not to get all mom on you, but a puppy is basically a full-time job, especially in the first few months. Be sure you can give a puppy the care and attention they need before becoming a pet parent.

Even just the everyday stuff requires a lot of effort. New puppies need to be fed three to four times a day and walked or taken outside immediately afterward – and even then, they'll inevitably have some accidents indoors that you'll have to clean up. Puppies will also likely wake you up during the night to relieve themselves (which is better than some, who will just leave a mess for you to step in the next morning). Puppies also require quite a bit of socialization and exercise, which can be time-consuming for anyone, especially if you're juggling work, school, or kids.

Make no mistake. It's rewarding – and (like most rewarding things) a tall order. If it sounds like a bit more than you can handle, that's OK! There are plenty of adult dogs in need of homes who would love you unconditionally and require less effort from the outset.

2. Find the right puppy for you.

Some breeds or mixes may be better fits for you than others. Some things to consider when choosing a puppy include:

  • Size: If you live in a small studio, you may be better suited to a pug than you are a pitbull.
  • Activity level: If you're active, you want a puppy that can keep up with you, and vice versa. If you're looking for a binge-watching buddy to accompany you on the couch, be sure the puppy you take home prefers cuddling to cross-country runs.
  • Fur or hair type: If getting dog hair on your clothes, furniture, carpets, and car upholstery would drive you crazy, consider a puppy that doesn't shed. However, know that a low-shedding dog will likely require regular grooming, which can be time-consuming and expensive.
  • Allergies: If you or anyone in your home is allergic to dog dander, choose a puppy that's hypoallergenic.
  • Kids under 10: Some breeds – like labs, bull dogs, collies, etc. – are better suited for children than others.
  • Volume: How much barking can you tolerate? How loud? Some breeds will be significantly more vocal than others, and it's up to you whether that's cute, or will drive you crazy.
  • Other pets: Whether you have a cat at home or plan on getting another dog someday, be sure your puppy will be able to acclimate and get along with them.

Purebred vs. mixed breed: Your local shelter is likely chock-full of rescue puppies, many of which will be mixed breeds. Mixed breed puppies are unique, adorable, and may be less prone to certain health problems than their purebred peers. If you truly want a purebred puppy, do your due diligence in researching breeders to avoid puppy mills.

3. Puppy-proof your home.

Before taking your new puppy home, be sure that "home" is safe and accommodating for your four-legged friend. Similar to child- and baby-proofing a home before you bring the pitter patter of little feet into your life, you'll want to prepare for the pitter patter of little paws, too. To start:

  • You may have to rearrange some of your furniture and decor to give ample room for indoor zooming! Your puppy will need space to play, so make sure to keep anything fragile somewhere they can't knock it over.
  • Until your puppy is adept at dashing up and down stairs, using a gate can keep them safe from dangerous tumbles.
  • If you have a yard, be sure it's fenced. If you have an in-ground swimming pool, fence it or otherwise obstruct it from your puppy's reach. If you have an above-ground pool, be sure they can't get to the ladder or steps. Also be sure your puppy can't access plants that can be toxic to them, like daffodils, that you may have in your garden.
  • Stock up on anti-chew spray and give your wires, furniture, shoes, and anything else they may gnaw on (and with a teething puppy, that's a lot) a good spritz.
  • Keep laundry out of your puppy's reach – especially dryer sheets, which are toxic to dogs.
  • Hide shoes, socks, and any other small items that may be within your puppy's reach and mistaken for a chew toy.
  • Put electrical cords and wires out of their reach or sight.
  • Move houseplants, many of which can be toxic to pets, out of reach.
  • Invest in trash cans with snapping lids (or place them in a hidden cabinet).
  • If your puppy sheds, be sure to snag lint rollers, a vacuum, dust mops and/or a rubber broom to clean up loose fur.
  • Lock cabinets containing food, medicines, and chemicals.

Not sure how to tell if your puppy can reach something? Get on all fours for a minute to get the dog's-eye view.

4. Stock up on puppy supplies.


Your new best friend will need some gear before you take them home. Start with the basics for now, and depending on your puppy's temperament and what they like, you can go to town shopping for extras later:

  • Puppy food
  • Stainless steel, dishwasher-safe water bowls and food bowls
  • Puppy treats, including training treats
  • Adjustable collar (since your pup will grow quickly!)
  • ID tags with contact info like phone number
  • Basic leash
  • Long leash for training
  • Potty training pads
  • Poop bags
  • Puppy toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental treats
  • Enzyme cleaner for accidents
  • Anti-chew spray (you'll want to spray this on the leash!)
  • Grooming supplies (high-quality brush/comb for your puppy's fur type, plus nail clippers and puppy shampoo)
  • Dog bed and dog crate with ample room to grow
  • Training clicker
  • Baby gate or playpen
  • Blankets (if you live in a colder area)

Puppy toys (one each of squeak, plush, puzzle and chew toys, plus the old classic – a ball!)

5. Set boundaries.

Before bringing your new puppy home, decide with your family or roommates whether they will be allowed on the furniture and in certain rooms of your home. Also decide where they'll sleep: in the crate? On a bed? Cuddled up next to you? You can change your mind later, but know that it's much easier to reinforce expectations and rules like these early on than it is to change a behavior later!

6. Invest in pet insurance.

Veterinary bills can be really expensive, especially in emergency situations. You never want to have to make the choice between your pet's health and your own financial security, and having pet health insurance can make all the difference when it comes to giving your puppy the best possible care.

"Lots of people remember to buy their puppies beds, bowls and collars, but pet insurance gets forgotten. Pet insurance covers your dog for unexpected medical bills if they become ill, and as proper veterinary care often costs thousands of dollars, it's worth getting some good coverage," Dr. Joanna Woodnutt, MRCVS, of The Veterinary Content Company, tells Pumpkin. "My advice is to get it as soon as possible after getting your new dog. This is because most insurance providers will exclude 'pre-existing conditions' – in other words, any condition your pet shows signs of before the insurance is taken out, even if they didn't need treatment. The sooner you get insurance, the less likely it is that you'll run into problems with coverage later on."

In addition to covering diagnostics and treatments for common dog accidents, illnesses and emergencies, Pumpkin Pet Insurance also covers key things some other pet insurances exclude or make you pay extra for. Some examples include dental illnesses, behavioral issues, hereditary conditions, sick visit exam fees, alternative medicine, and physical therapy. The best time to purchase pet insurance is when your puppy is young and healthy, so be sure to lock in your policy as soon as possible.

7. Find a veterinarian.

Finding a veterinarian to treat your puppy is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make for your pet. If you've never had a pet before, you may not know where to bring your furry friend, but don't feel lost! You can ask your rescue shelter or breeder for recommendations, consult friends in your neighborhood, check Yelp or Google reviews, or seek advice from local Facebook groups to find the right doctor for your dog. Aside from bedside manner, some factors to consider when choosing a vet are budget (some are pricier than others) and location (especially if you don't drive).

"It's also a good idea to look at their emergency procedures – some clinics will send you elsewhere and that's fine, but it's worth being aware of this and working out how you're going to get there in an emergency," Dr. Woodnutt, tells Pumpkin. "Visiting a few clinics (without your puppy) will give you an idea of the feel of the place. Are the staff friendly? Is the place clean and well organized? First impressions count, but remember that there may be extenuating circumstances. Have a look at their facilities, too – if you've stumbled across a branch practice, they may not have surgical facilities or X-rays, and will send you to a main 'hub' for these. This might not put you off, but checking you can access this higher level of care easily is important, too."

Want to vet your vet further? Here are some questions to ask both the veterinary staff and yourself about the experience:

  • What is their approach to medicine? Do they prefer holistic methods or medications for certain conditions?
  • Do they treat dogs? Remember, veterinarians deal with all sorts of pets, so a vet who's great with your best friend's parakeet may not necessarily be the best match for your pup.

8. Have your first wellness visit with your vet.

Before bringing your new puppy home, decide with your family or roommates whether they will be allowed on the furniture and in certain rooms of your home. Also decide where they'll sleep: in the crate? On a bed? Cuddled up next to you? You can change your mind later, but know that it's much easier to reinforce expectations and rules like these early on than it is to change a behavior later!

Once you've found a great vet, it's time to book your first wellness appointment – and get your puppy vaccinated. Pumpkin's Preventive Essentials Pack for Puppies offers coverage for one wellness visit exam fee in the first year, any four puppy vaccines you and your vet choose, and one fecal "poop" test to screen for intestinal worms.

Here's what to remember on your first veterinary visit:

  • Bring all your paperwork from any prior veterinary visits your puppy may have had. You may need to acquire these from your puppy's rescue, shelter, or breeder, depending on where you got them.
  • Let your vet know what food you're feeding your puppy, as well as what treats and any and all supplements you may be giving them.

There are also other procedures your puppy may need, Dr. Woodnutt advises. "Depending on your pup's worming regime up to now, they may also need worming. I generally advise worming pups every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old, but this varies between regions depending on disease risks," she says. "Flea and tick prevention may also be necessary, depending on your area and the time of year."

For a wellness visit, Dr. Claudine Sievert, DVM, says you can expect your vet to check in on the following for your puppy:

  • Body condition (joints, muscles, and body weight)
  • Movement of the pup
  • Auscultate the lungs and the heart for any birth defects
  • Skin and the hair for external parasites such as ticks, fleas, and lice
  • Ear canals and eyes
  • Visibility and hearing tests
  • Lymph nodes to see if there is any sign of infection

9. License and microchip your pet.

If your puppy ever gets loose or lost – a fate we don't wish on anyone, but it happens to the best of us – a microchip will make it much more likely that you're reunited with your canine companion. Though it's not a feature of all pet insurance plans, Pumpkin Pet Insurance covers microchip implantation. Once your puppy is microchipped, register and license your puppy (methods vary by municipality, so check with your town or city) and be sure to include its chip number on your files.

10. House train your puppy.

Here comes the really hard stuff! House training a puppy isn't easy, but it's rewarding! Some house-training tips from Dr. Sievert:

  • If you are considering getting a new puppy, having an older, well-behaved dog around can help a younger dog understand the rules of the household. Because dogs are pack animals, the older dog will naturally take the role of the pack leader, and the younger dog will mimic their behavior.
  • Puppies eat four to five times a day. 10 minutes after their meal they usually have to go potty. That is when you need to put them on the potty pad. Use the same potty pad several times, so they can associate the smell with the action of peeing/pooping.
  • Once they get their vaccinations, you can start taking them out after their meals. Walking will promote intestinal mobility and they will most likely poop. Make sure to have the same walking schedule every day.

11. Brace yourself for teething.

Teething puppies will chew on pretty much everything they can get their little paws on, so be sure to invest in anti-chew spray and keep items like shoes and anything else that may normally be within their reach away and out of sight. Not only will your favorite kicks have new chomps, your puppy could also ingest some not-so-savory stuff, resulting in choking and/or intestinal blockages that could require expensive surgery. Teething toys and treats can alleviate some of their discomfort (and the potential damage they could do to your property).

12. Begin puppy school.

Whether you work with a trainer, take your puppy to puppy school, or train your puppy yourself at home, it's a good idea for them to socialize with other puppies and begin to learn bite inhibition and basic commands. The age to begin training can vary depending on the breed of your puppy, but a good list of basic commands to teach your puppy include sit, stay, come, down, and heel. These will help teach your puppy impulse control as well make them easier to walk, feed, and live with in general. If you're working with a trainer, get recommendations from friends and family (or just check Yelp!). Do the same with puppy schools, but be sure they have all of their vaccines and boosters first if your puppy will be around other dogs. If taking a DIY approach to puppy training, positive reinforcement, patience, and treats will be your best friend!

13. Give your puppy their own space.

Crate training is invaluable, especially if your puppy will have to be alone at home at some point. Dr. Sievert recommends starting crate training as early as possible, but to take it slow. "Make your puppy play in and near the crate," she recommends. "During the process of introducing him to a crate, use some treats to keep him motivated. Once he becomes comfortable being in the crate, you can extend the length of time he is in there."

Length of time recommended for your puppy to be in their crate by age, from Dr. Sievert:

  • 8–10 weeks: 30–60 minutes
  • 11–14 weeks: 1–3 hours
  • 15–16 weeks: 3–4 hours
  • 17+ weeks: 4–5 hours

"At the age of 17+ weeks, your puppy can be kept in a crate for longer periods. But remember, this should never be a permanent solution – so, if you are not able to occasionally check on your dog during a day, this may not be the best option for you," she notes.

That doesn't mean you can't have a social life without your puppy! You may just want to give your pup more space while you're out for extended periods. "If your puppy is going to stay alone for more than a couple hours consider a 'puppy zone,'" Dr. Sievert says. "Choose a secure area of your home. All you need to make a cozy puppy zone is baby gates, blankets, potty pads, and plenty of safe chew toys."

14. Continue socializing your puppy.

Once your puppy is fully vaccinated and has a little training under their belt (er, collar!), it's time to make friends! Socializing your fur baby with other sweet pooches is crucial to their development – and socializing a puppy is much easier than socializing an adult dog, so don't skip out on this. Not only is it nice for dogs to make canine companions, it also helps test out their newly acquired bite inhibition. Some ways to introduce your puppy to playmates include:

  • Changing up walking routes to meet new bark buddies (especially great for social distancing)
  • Taking them to doggy daycare
  • Setting up specific playdates with friends who have pets
  • Taking them to dog runs and parks

It's also important to socialize your puppy with people. Let them get to know some dog-loving friends and family members first. If possible, keep your circle diverse so your puppy gets comfortable with people of all different shapes, sizes, and ages. Keep treats handy so your puppy will make positive associations with their new hooman pals.

15. Show some puppy love.

Your puppy will need time to acclimate to their new home, so be patient, affectionate, and compassionate if things aren't easy at first, especially with a rescue puppy. "Give the dog three to four weeks to break out of their shell, become familiar with their new surroundings/routine, and to trust you," Johnna Devereaux, Clinical Pet Nutritionist told Pumpkin. "They've been failed by humans before if they're in a shelter!"

Deveraux also urges you to manage your expectations: Your puppy will become your best friend and a full-fledged member of your family, but it probably won't happen overnight. "Not all dogs came from a good home the first time around and they need time to learn that you are going to be their furever home," Deveraux says. "Trust them, love them, and treat them kindly! They've been through a lot!"

With this new puppy checklist, you're set up to enjoy one of the most rewarding relationships you can have: Puppy love!

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