Getting Your House Ready For A New Puppy

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Bringing a new puppy into your home can be extremely exciting. A new puppy is a part of your family, and they can bring plenty of joy (and even protection) to your home.

But before you run out to the animal shelter or pet store, you need to first make sure that your home is ready to handle your new dog. The following is a list of things you need to do first to prepare your home for your new dog.

Buy everything you need.

There are certain items your dog will need in order to survive living at your house, so make sure you buy these items first. Typical items include water and food bowls, toys, dog bed, dog crate, collar, leash, treats and food. By having all of these items in your home before the dog arrives, you will alleviate some chaos.

Know where the dog will be.

When you first bring home a puppy, they will be both excited and nervous. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have one designated area of your home where the dog will live for the first few days. For example, you should have their crate, dog bed and dog toys in the living room or kitchen with gates blocking them from other parts of your home. This way, they will have a confined area to get used to the smells and people, and you won’t have to worry about them getting lost somewhere in your home.

Prepare the outdoors.

Your dog will need to go outside for exercise and to use the bathroom, so you want to make sure your yard is ready for your dog. Remove anything from your yard that could be a hazard, such as charcoal, small items that could serve as choking hazards and any chemicals.

You will also want to make sure that your yard is fenced or gated so that your dog cannot run away, or you’ll want to make sure you invest in a dog run, dog kennel or a place where they could be securely tied up.

It’s also a good idea to check your gardens and flowerbeds to see if you have any greens or flowers that are dangerous to dogs. The ASPCA has a list of toxic flowers and plants, so spend some time checking to see if anything in your yard could serve as a danger.

Prepare the indoors.

Along with knowing what area of the house your dog will be located at first, it’s also a good idea to get the rest of your house prepared just in case. For example, make sure that you put any small items away so that the dog cannot chew or choke on them. It will take time to properly train your pet to not eat everything it sees and this particular step can save you lots of time and money. Make sure you put clothes and shoes away in closets and close the doors. You will also want to make sure that the lid is down on your toilets and that any harmful chemicals are stored out of the dog’s reach.

If you have other animals in the house, such as cats or hamsters, you will want to make sure that anything that belongs to them is also out of reach. Your dog may simply want to play with your cat and not realize that the cat’s food is not theirs to eat or that their litter box is not a playpen.

You will also want to make sure that any possible dangers are eliminated. For example, if you don’t have banisters on your stairs, you will want to install some or gate the stairway so the dog cannot get up there. If you are remodeling a room in your home, you want to make sure that access to that room is completely cut off from your dog and that any and all construction items are always cleaned up and put properly away.

Written by Johnathan Hayes

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