How to prepare for a puppy?
You want a new puppy but don’t know where to start? There are many things you need to know before you buy a dog. We’ve prepared tips on how to make your pet feel comfortable and raise him right from the very first day. Check out our new dog checklist with paramount things to know before getting a dog.
Your new puppy will appear in your home at least two months old. He’s already on his own enough at this time, although he’s still very vulnerable, both morally and physically. It means when you meet a dog for the first time you should make sure his research is safe from dangerous objects and premises.
The first thing you need to prepare for the new family member is a crib. We already wrote that it should be away from children and drafts. Imagine you’re making a cozy burrow. Dogs still need this kind of shelter from their ancestors. So a quiet place, devoid of irritants and inaccessible to children, is essential to a puppy’s first night home.
Think about the bowls. There should be two bowls, one for water and one for food. While this may seem obvious, you should approach feeding responsibly. These bowls should not be right on the floor unless you want your pet to get used to picking up everything he can eat on the walk.
When your new puppy slept and ate, his energy has replenished. And he’s got a lot of stamina he’s going to use up with the jaws. Wanting to chew on everything around him is dangerous for both your staff and the puppy himself. Hide the wires, brittle plastic, or medicine away to protect your pet. Hide your expensive shoes, phone, and gamepad to save yourself. The best solution and the next item on the new dog checklist are toys.
Purchase toys for teeth at pet stores. There you will be able to choose the right size and feel the material from which the product is made. Beware of buying cheap fakes, as they may use toxic ingredients that your family member will use every day. A quality toy should save your home from young teeth, and young teeth from sharp shards and angry looks.
What if you already have a pet. Don’t expect them to become friends right away. Animals compete for their owner’s attention and are jealous. Don’t forget about old friends getting new ones. You will need to show extra attention and care for four-legged family members. Be a referee and don’t allow any fights. Separate their food intake, and don’t let them steal each other’s food. The same goes for toys and beds. Be careful, as the owner of the house may perceive the newcomer as a threat. But don’t worry, with the right approach, pets will become friends quickly and won’t cause you any trouble.
The last but not the least thing you should do preparing for a puppy is thinking about professional help. Find a contact from a trusted vet. It’s a good idea to have a 24-hour vet near you. Of course, we don’t expect you to need emergency care, but if something happens to your pet, you’ll know who you’re going to contact and won’t spend precious seconds under stress.
Now you know where to start when you want to prepare your home for your new puppy. We hope these tips will be helpful to you and your pet. Remember that your love is all you need to raise a real friend healthily. Read our articles about other details and little things that can help you.
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