Before You Bring Your New Puppy Home,
Let’s Prepare in 11 Steps
For dog lovers, there is probably nothing more exciting than the idea of welcoming a furry new buddy into the family. However, preparing for a new puppy is not all fun and games. A lot of work needs to be done in order to ensure that both the puppy and the owner are comfortable once the pup arrives. Below is an 11 step guideline on how to properly prepare. This way whether it is your first pup or you are simply adding to the furry friends club in your home, you know and have exactly what you need to hit the ground running.
Puppy Preparation Essentials
- Where will the puppy sleep?
This is one of the most basic and obvious puppy preparations essential, yet it is one of the most often forgotten steps. You will need to determine whether the pup will be in or out of a crate. Make sure that the room and the specific sleeping areas are properly prepared or puppy proof. Look for electrical cords, things to chew on or get knocked over. Crating is the safest place when the puppy can not be supervised.
- What will the puppy eat?
The little baby’s nutrition is the next big thing you need to worry about. What many first time pet owners fail to realize is the fact that food meant for fully grown dogs is not suitable for pups. It is best to do some research and find out what is recommended for the specific breed of puppy you are bringing home.
- Find pet sitting services near you
We live in a career oriented world, but this fast paced life should not hinder you from the joys of being a pet owner. If you have a tight work schedule or happen to travel a lot, you will need to look into pet care services around you. This will ensure that your furry little friend is taken care of, even when you are out and about. A good pet sitting business offers both ongoing daily mid day visits while you are at work or a supper visit when you want to go out for dinner and a play, with everything from potty breaks to puppy playtime.
- Keep all choking hazards out of reach
Little puppies are in a lot of ways very similar to human babies. When they are about to start teething, they go through their oral stage. This is where the pup feels the urge to chew on anything and everything in its path. It is therefore very important to get rid of potential choking hazards. This can be anything from spent match sticks to scrabble board letters.
- KNOW YOUR BREED OF PUPPY, Do some research on puppy training and beyond
Before deciding on a puppy, research the breeds. If you are a family that is very busy, lives in an apartment, you may not be happy with a breed like a Siberian Husky who needs alot of exercise, room and strict training. If you would hate to see your yard dug up, you may not want a breed known to dig. Research all of the breeds. Many of them are adorable but may grow up to have personality traits that will not fit into your family. Remember, you are choosing a member of your family that will come with good and bad traits. They will be with you for 13-18 years, depending on the life of that breed. Choose wisely.
Dogs are undeniably smart. However, it is super important to train them while they are young in order to ensure that they remain well behaved throughout their lives. Investing in training is the number one thing every pet owner should do. Make sure to book sessions for basic training and I would advise going further into advanced training to teach your dog to do everything off leash. The more you invest in training for the first 2 years of your dog’s life, the more enjoyable your dog will be in every aspect of your life.
- Get plenty of toys for the puppy
When you get rid of the choking hazards, it is always a good idea to invest in dog toys. These will allow the puppy to indulge their chewing urges with reduced irritation and increased protection of your shoes and furniture.
- Invest in grooming kits, Leashes and other things
A proper grooming kit should include dog soap and shampoo. These come in handy especially when you are anticipating a playful pup that isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. The grooming kit should also include nail clippers or grinders, to keep the nails short and clean.
This is also the time to look for collars that will grow with your puppy, leashes and harnesses. Now is the time to decide what you want. There are many types and designs to please anyone.
If you are lucky enough to have a fenced in yard, getting exercise is easy. Playing ball or any other game in the yard that will get your puppy running and burning off excess energy is great. If you are not so lucky, then you will need to take your dogs on routine walks at least once or twice a day.
- Keep all fragile items out of reach
Puppies are naturally playful bundles of joy. They also happen to be very restless and will end up spending most of their time running up and down the house. Keeping fragile items such as flower vases and computers protects them from being knocked over and damaged. Any electrical cords can be deadly, so tie them up and away from curious pups.
- Invest in a fur vacuum cleaner
They don’t call puppies our furry little friends for no reason. As a dog owner, you will have a lot of fur to deal with. Investing in a vacuum specifically designed for pets is therefore a great idea.
- Prepare roommates or family members for the responsibilities to come
Finally, you need to fill everyone in your home about the new adventure. This helps to prepare them psychologically. It also makes distribution of work and responsibilities a lot easier. Everyone in the family should also know the puppies routine and training commands. It will help the puppy learn quicker.
After all is said and done, preparing for a new pet is not rocket science. However, it is important to invest a lot of time and effort into ensuring that everyone is comfortable with the household addition including the puppy itself. The tips provided above will definitely help ease the transition, and will ensure that your first moments with the cute little fur ball will be precious memories you will hold on to for a long time.
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