Welcoming a new puppy into your home? Many say it’s a lot like bringing home a newborn– you really have to prepare for its arrival to make the transition easier for everyone in the household.
Like a human baby, a puppy requires more than his weight in equipment at the start. Take a look at this checklist of things you will need to do before the new puppy arrives:
- Discuss this with your family:A dog is a big responsibility, so before doing anything, the family has to be on-board with the new furbaby. Decide who will be the primary caretaker–otherwise you’ll spend lots of time arguing while your new dog stares at you blankly, starving.Also, to avoid confusing the puppy, layout the house rules ahead of time. Will the dog be allowed on the bed? Where will the dog sleep? Are any rooms of the house off-limits to it? Involve your family on the decisions so everyone is on the same page.
- Shop for suppliesHere’s what you’ll need to get started:
Food and water bowls. These should be sturdy, easy to clean and size appropriate.
Travel crate or soft-sided carrier. This will help you bring your puppy home and take him to the vet safely. The crate goes in the back seat, preferably seat-belted in.
Leash and collar or harness. You will have to replace these as he grows, but it’s best to get a new puppy used to wearing his tags and walking on a leash.
Food. It’s a good idea to start feeding it the food the puppy’s previous caregiver used and eventually modify your choice as advised by your vet.
Crate. the crate should precede the puppy into the house if you plan to crate train.
Bed. Every puppy needs a soft, washable snuggly place of his own
Piddle pads and newspapers. New puppies leak so you will need some absorbent products for the first few weeks.
Toys. Get a variety of safe toys for the puppy chew and snuggle with so he can feel at home.
- Prepare your home:If you can, create a temporary, gated-off space for your pup where they can’t damage your things or eat something that will make them sick. This is where they will stay whenever you’re not with them to prevent any house training accidents.Choose a room that’s a center of activity in your household, so your furbaby won’t feel isolated. Make sure it’s one with easy-to-clean floors so it’s convenient for you. The kitchen is often a good choice because you can block it off with baby gates if needed. Remove anything that you don’t want chewed on or soiled.
Puppy-proof to make sure anything that could hurt your dog like medicines, chemicals, and certain plants are out of reach.
- Plan for the trip home:Now here’s the exciting part: bringing your new furbaby home!. Find a helper to come along when you go to pick up your puppy. Young puppies who’ve never been on a car ride before may get uncomfortable or rattled. Note that even adult dogs can get nervous–and a scary car ride can turn into a long-lasting phobia of car travel for them.Ask your companion to sit next to your dog during the ride home, soothing them and keeping them from disturbing the driver.
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