Puppy proofing your home

puppyBringing home a new puppy is truly one of the greatest joys in life. A dog brings much happiness and delight to a home as they become a new family member. To create a smooth and enjoyable home coming for your puppy and yourself, puppy proofing your home can make the process easier and safe.

If you have young children, set rules as not to overwhelm the puppy. Do not fight over him, do not pull on his tail or aggravate the puppy. Tell your children to make sure to give the puppy space.

Make sure to buy the appropriate items such as a food, treats, food and water bowl, a collar and leash. Depending on the type of dog you are getting, the size of the items you purchase now may be too small in the future. In addition to those items, toys, cleaning supplies, puppy pads, a crate, ID tag, bedding, and grooming supplies are also necessary.

Choose a space for your dog. Your puppy will need a designated sleeping space where he learns that that is his space for his first few months. You will need to clean this area and make sure to tape electrical cords, taking out plants or any household chemicals, and remove any valuables or breakable. Put down bedding, food and water bowls, and toys here to signify to your puppy that this is his living space.

Keep the rest of the house where you know your puppy will be allowed to roam, clean. Clean of loose trash, keep clothes and shoes off the ground and keep doors closed. Your puppy will want to explore all corners of the house and chew as much as he can. Keep all valuables high off the ground along with plants.

Make your first veterinary appointment soon after the bring home date. He will need to get his first vaccinations and deworming (if not already) soon and the vet can check your puppy for a health check up. Parvo and distemper are two very serious diseases that are fatal in puppies who have not been vaccinated, both of which are highly contagious.

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You will need to decide beforehand on a schedule to feed, walk and spend time with your puppy. If you work, plan on crate training your puppy and arrange for somebody to check and walk your puppy during the day if you cannot. Your new puppy has a lot to learn so make sure you have the time and energy to teach him potty training and new commands. He will need lots of attention and exercise to explore the new world. Consider puppy training classes to help him socialize and start training early.

The key to a tranquil home welcoming for your puppy is planning. If your puppy is traveling a long ways to home, arrange for a crate or someone to carry him in. Make vet appointments to keep him healthy and set aside lots of time to spend with your new family member. Thoughtful planning can make the procedure smooth and enjoyable and creates a great start to a new life with your new puppy.