Getting a New Dog? 4 Tips to Prepare for Bringing a Puppy Home

Whether it is your first new puppy or your fifth, there are so many things you need to do to prepare your home and family for the arrival of a new dog. Once you have decided on the type of puppy you want, have chosen him, and have a name ready, the fun really begins. To make the transition to life with a new dog as smooth for your new pooch, your family, and yourself, there are steps you should take to prepare everyone ahead of the big day.

 

1. Set expectations and chores

 

 

 

At first, everyone will fight over walking the dog, playing with the dog, and feeding the dog. Once the novelty wears off, things change and nobody seems to be as motivated to help as they were in the beginning. Thatís why itís important to set expectations and chores before the puppy arrives. Younger children can handle refreshing water bowls and feeding times, and older children can handle taking the puppy outside every hour and checking for accidents around the house. Ensuring that everyone has a job and sticks to the plan will make it easier to care for the new puppy and enjoy family time with him.

 

2. Prepare your home and yard for the puppy

Everyone knows that before a baby begins to crawl and walk, the house has to be baby proofed. The same goes for a puppy. Puppies have a knack for getting into everything and chewing things that you never imagined they would find appealing, so you need to do some research and truly make sure your home is ready for your puppy before he arrives.

When you puppy proof your home, make sure that you are creating areas that are safe for him. Designate puppy-safe zones and then block off the rest of the home using baby gates or furniture. Remember to block stairs and keep cords out of reach. You also need to be sure that foods that are dangerous to dogs are out of puppyís reach: chocolate, grapes, raisins, and avocados are some of the most hazardous to dogs, but house plants and poinsettias also are toxic for your puppy. It may be worth investing in childproof locks for drawers and cupboards if you canít close off your kitchen to the puppy.

Remember that trash cans and toilets are very appealing to puppies, so you should block off bathrooms and trash cans, close bathroom doors, and put down toilet lids to keep your puppy safe and your home clean.

Your yard is another area that you need to puppy proof. If you have a fence, make sure that the puppy cannot squeeze through it. Also be sure to secure loose gates. Put barriers around flowerbeds to prevent digging and ensure that your puppy has shade. If no shade is available, get a doghouse and create other shady areas, especially during the summer months. Invest in an outdoor water bowl and keep it full when your puppy is outside; when he is inside, dump the water to prevent bugs from getting inside.

 

3. Get a crate

Crates are one of the best ways to prepare your home and family for a new puppy. Crates provide a safe space for the puppy and give him an area to rest in, away from the family. They also help puppy owners housetrain the new dog because puppies are less likely to have accidents in crates when the family is away. Similarly, crates significantly reduce misbehavior while the family is not home to supervise the puppy.

 

4. Purchase puppy toys

Sometimes, family members inadvertently teach puppies bad behaviors by allowing them to play with socks and shoes. If you do not want your puppy to chew on socks and shoes, do not encourage him to play with them. The same goes for blankets or any of your other belongings that you do not want the puppy to destroy as he gets older. You will confuse him if you allow him to play with these items and then tell him not to chew on or play with your other belongings in the home.

That's why purchasing puppy toys is important. The best teething toys are hard rubber toys or hard nylon toys that are difficult to destroy while the puppy chews. High-quality thick rope toys also are good options for puppies to chew on, but be sure that the puppy cannot pull off any fibers or strings that he could swallow and would cause intestinal blockage. (Please bear in mind that Genuine Dog Gear training toys are not puppy teething toys.)

Getting a new dog is a fun, exciting time for the entire family. Preparing your home and family for the arrival of a new dog is a must for making the event a happy, successful one.

Article Submitted By Paige Johnson, 11/15/2016

Image via Pixabay by solbas800

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