The first few days you’ll spend with your new puppy at home will not only be exhilarating but will also be unnerving. Puppies get stressed a lot when they move to a new home, and this can also stress the owner. That’s why you have to prepare your home well before you bring in your new puppy.
Here are a few things you need to consider before you bring your new furry friend home.
1. Have a meeting as a family
Bringing a new puppy home is like bringing in a new member of the family. So, you need to bring everyone on board and share responsibilities. It may be necessary to share responsibilities and also appoint one member of the family as the chief caretaker to prevent arguments on who should do what.
Also, come up with rules that will guide the conduct of the pup in the house. For example, will you allow him on the bed or the couch? Where will the dog eat or sleep? Which rooms will be out of bounds for the dog? Allow everyone to give suggestion then come up with agreeable rules to the whole family.
2. Buy the dog supplies
There are some basic items that your puppy will need. So, you need to have a list of these items so you can buy them in advance. Some of these items include:
- Separate bowls for water and food
- Leash and collar
- Dog food and treats that you’ll use for training. Ask your veterinarian about the best dog diet.
- Odor and stain-removing cleaners
- Toys– choose toys the dog can chew to prevent him from chewing items in the house
- Dog gates to control the dog’s movement in the house
- First aid and medical supplies such as cough medications, hydrogen peroxide, Puppy Essentials, Dramamine, etc.
3. General home preparation
Your home will need some fixing before the puppy arrives. This is because pups are title-holders in chewing. They are known to have the habit of chewing anything they can lay their teeth on.
That’s why you’ll need to create for your pup some gated space where they can relax, play, and even eat. Keeping him in a gated place will also ensure he doesn’t get injured.
The gated space should be in the busiest room in your house, so the dog doesn’t feel isolated. Add some dog toys to the place to keep the dog busy.
4. Poop bags and potty pads
Once you’ve brought the dog home, you’ll have to house train him. Training should start immediately the puppy arrives home so he can start on the right path. For this reason, you must have some poop bags and potty pads ready.
Don’t go for cheap items. You need high-quality pads that are super absorbent to prevent any leakage. They should also be easy to clean and portable. You’ll also have to buy high-quality poop bags plus a dispense that you can use to attach it to the dog’s leash.
5. Get a dog license
It is a legal requirement that you must have a dog license if you want to keep a dog. Visit the relevant authorities to find out what the requirements are so you can be sure you are compliant. If you are living in a rented property, find out whether you can be allowed to keep a dog. Some landlords don’t allow dogs in their property.
For ease of tracing in case your dog gets lost, you may also want to have him microchipped. Visit your nearest animal care office to get more information about licensing and chipping. In some cases, you may find all the information online and even apply for licensing online.
6. Hire a good dog trainer
Note that not everyone who claims to be a dog trainer is qualified to do so. Carry out some research to identify the best trainer. You can as well take the dog to a dog training class.
Puppies are social animals, so they are very playful, especially at a young age. Playing is good, both for their health and physical well being. That’s why you need o set aside some time to play with your dog. This will also help in creating a strong bond between you and the dog.
Amy Sloane is an alum from Oregon State University and spends her free time as a freelance writer and knitting enthusiast. Amy loves reading, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Molly.