Adopting a dog is a very fun and exciting time for both you and your new pup. The first question that probably comes to mind is, “do I have everything you need for your new puppy?” If you’re thinking of adding a puppy or dog to your family, here are some basic tips and some recommended items you’ll want to have on hand before you bring him home.
1. Puppy proof your home
Now it’s an obvious thing to baby-proof your home before giving birth. What many pet parents don’t think of before bringing home a furry friend is puppy-proofing. Before your new puppy arrives, it’s important to puppy-proof your home. Look around your home from a dog’s eye view. Be sure to pick up anything you wouldn’t want him to claim as his own. Remember, puppies like to explore (and they also LOVE to chew). Be sure to remove houseplants that are toxic to dogs. Use child safety locks wherever you store cleaning supplies or food.
2. Create a safe space
This is another thing that is typically overlooked when bringing home a new furry friend. You’ll need to designate an area of your house where your puppy will stay for the first few weeks. This is to help your puppy adjust to his/her new home. Be sure to set up this area prior to bringing them home. Remember, you should keep your pup crated when you’re not home.
Some people are not fond of crating their animals, but it helps a new puppy adjust to his surroundings. It also serves as a great way to potty training too since dogs won’t soil where they sleep. A crate will become your pups safe space. To help them get used to the crate, place an indestructible toy inside. This will help keep their mind occupied and satisfy their instinct to chew.
3. Be prepared with food and food dishes
If you don’t mind your new friend destroying your personal dishes, feel free to use them. If not, ceramic or stainless steel water and foods bowls are an excellent choice for your puppy. They are super easy to clean/sanitize and you can find them at nearly every pet store.
It’s second nature to switch your pup to your preferred brand of pet food, but it’s important not to do so immediately. Keep them on the same food they’ve been eating as sudden changes of food can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. If you decide to switch foods later, transition slowly over a period of seven to 10 days.