The arrival of the newest member in the family is exciting. The feeling is the same even if it’s a new pup or an adult dog. In this post, we list ways you can use as a guide in preparing your home for your new dog.
Remember, that dogs don’t come fully trained which means you have to go out of your way to be ready for your new pet. It can help if you put yourself in your pup’s perspective.
Make your home dog proof
Generally, dogs are curious by nature, especially puppies. To avoid accidents, make your home safe. It means anything that is dangerous to your pup should be stored properly. Examples are house cleaning products and lawn chemicals, pest control spray, medicines, toys with parts that may cause choking and plants that are poisonous such as daffodils, buttercups, and hyacinths.
You can instead stock up on many chew toys or stuffed animals that your curious pooch can play with.
What does a dog need?
Be ready to buy a few things for your pooch. But don’t splurge. Because of excitement, most people would buy just about any trendy accessory available in the market for their beloved fur ball. But truthfully, all you need are just a few basic must-haves, and these are:
- A crate is an integral part of your pooch’s life.
It is where you can train your dog to become well-behaved and housetrained. Be sure to buy a crate where your dog only has enough room to stand and turn around. The crate should be a little bigger so he can still use it even if he’s already matured.
- Leash and collar.
Although there are diamond-studded collars out there, it doesn’t mean your dog should have one too. But if you can afford it, why not? A regular flat buckle collar is enough for your pup. He won’t know the difference anyway.
- Soft bed.
Again, a regular bed is enough for your pooch. The goal here is to give your dog a cozy space where he can be comfortable and secure.
Look for the right vet
Just like choosing a family physician, choose a veterinarian that you can trust. You can ask for recommendations from family and friends.
After finding the right vet to handle your dog, you can start asking him for some information such as the food you can give your dog that is appropriate for his age. You can also ask information about vaccination, spaying and neutering and anything that pertains to your dog’s well-being.
Lastly, be consistent
Dogs like consistency. Be sure to follow a particular routine and schedule so your dog will feel secure and would eventually get used to your family’s set up. Now, things may not go as expected but stick to the plan, and you should be on your way.
Give your pooch at least a year to settle in. Indeed, it can be frustrating on your part if everything’s not going your way. But dogs take their time to settle in. Just be patient but follow through with the plan.