Right now, SHOUT has an exciting contest that you can enter to win some pretty fabulous prizes. You know SHOUT! “Live, play, grow and explore. Don't let the thought of tough stains hold you...
How to Prepare for a New Puppy
How to Prepare for a New Puppy
Bringing a new puppy into your home is an exciting experience, but it's also essential to be prepared for the challenge of being a good dog parent. A new puppy can cause quite a bit of chaos, but with the right tips, you can help make the transition as smooth as possible for both you and your furry friend. We will discuss how you can prepare your home for a new puppy.
Pet-Proof Your House
When introducing a puppy to a new home, it's important to pet-proof your home before bringing in your new furry friend. The following are some steps you can take:
- Cover up all electrical cords with a protective cord cover.
- Make sure drawers, cabinets, and doors are closed and secure.
- Put away any toxic household chemicals or cleaners out of reach.
- Check for small items on the floor that your puppy could chew and swallow, such as socks, toys, jewelry, and shoes.
- Secure any rugs or runners so your puppy can't pull them up and chew on the edges.
- Create a designated space for your puppy to sleep, eat and play in. This could be an area of the house cordoned off with baby gates, or you can set up a crate and dog bed inside a room.
These and other pet-proofing ideas should help keep your pet from harm and your items safe.
Train Your Family Members
One of the most important things you can do to help your new puppy integrate into your home is train your family members to behave around the dog. Make sure everyone knows not to pet or approach the pup until they have had a chance to calm down and adapt to their new surroundings.
Additionally, teach children how to properly greet and play with the puppy. Some dogs are more prone to biting, and kids can accidentally be injured t if they don't know how to behave around an animal.
Have Some Treats and Food Ready
Your puppy will be hungry and tired after coming home for the first time, so make sure you have some food ready to go. This can also help keep your pup occupied as they investigate their new home.
Puppies are also known for being picky eaters, so don't be discouraged if they aren't immediately interested in the food you bought for them. Consult your vet or breeder if you're unsure what kind of puppy food to buy.
You may also want to stock up on some puppy treats if you plan on training your new pet. Some dogs respond better to rewards than scolding, but there are a variety of approaches that work well with different types of dogs.
Adding a new puppy to your family is both challenging and rewarding. Whether you've had dogs before or not, it's essential to prepare your home for the arrival of a new pup. Put more emphasis on the type of food you'll first give your puppy when they arrive and the family training exercise. These two will go a long way into shaping your puppy's behavior and adaptation.