Bringing a dog into your heart, your home, and your family is absolutely multi-beneficial, and sharing your life with a beautiful puppy and growing together makes for a happy life for humans and dogs.
However, if you are considering or indeed have already arranged to get a new puppy, there is much to learn before you begin – you have to ensure that you can take care of them in every single way. With this in mind, here is a concise guide for preparing your home for a new puppy.
Puppy-Proof Every Room
If you have never owned a dog before, you may be unaware of the little things in and around your home and garden that you never give a second thought to yet can pose a significant danger to your new puppy.
This is why it is essential to meticulously go through your home and puppy-proof from top to bottom, with the following points serving as a basic guide:
- Ensure all human and animal medications are in locked cabinets high above the floor
- Invest in over-couch pouches to store remote controls, as batteries are dangerous
- Thoroughly research the toxicity to dogs of any existing houseplants
- Keep your kitchen and bathroom trash cans in a cabinet rather than on the floor
- Cover electrical cables in dog-proof wires or, better still, tuck them away entirely
Additionally, do not forget that you must also thoroughly puppy-proof your backyard and garden too!
Prepare for Puppy Training
Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend, and this is partly due to the fact that dogs not only respond well to training and discipline, but they actually thrive on it.
Naturally, different breeds of dogs have different levels of instinct when it comes to following commands, but with a tasty treat in your hand, your dog, regardless of breed, age, or size, is highly likely to listen to you.
Puppy training is not just necessary; it is utterly adorable, and teaching these essential life skills to your new best friend is mandatory, so be sure to have time off and be able to commit to at least a month of training.
Most importantly of all, be sure to register your new puppy, ideally even before you bring them home, with a dog-specific established veterinary surgery, such as ortinganimalhospital.com.
Invest in Everthing You Need in Good Time
You should be in a situation whereby the moment that you undo the clip on the carrier and your new puppy rushes away to explore their new home, you have everything you need at home and ready to go.
The essentials include puppy training pads, poop bags, a collar (with an ID tag), and a leash and harness, as well as a comfortable bed and two bowls, one for constant fresh and cold water and the other for food.
When it comes to feeding your puppy, your responsibility is to ensure that they receive all the right vitamins, nutrients, and minerals every single day, and as a general rule, all human food that is manufactured and processed is only going to have a negative impact on your dog’s health.