Helpful Tips On Welcoming A New Puppy To His New Forever Home

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Puppies are curious creatures by nature. Just like toddlers, they don’t always know what is safe and which areas are off-limits to them. Bear in mind that when a puppy finds something interesting, he will chew on it, whether it is safe or not. That is why you must puppy proof your home before bringing him home:

Tips On Puppy-Proofing Your Home

  • Look at your house through the eyes of your puppy. Get down on “four paws” and inspect everything from ground level.
  • Store any harmful items such as cleaning materials safety in a locked cupboard or high up.
  • Cable tie electrical cords out of reach for the puppy to chew on or trip over.
  • Make sure all valuables are put away. Cell phones and other knickknacks can get destroyed if not kept on a shelf or in drawers.
  • Store shoes in a closed closet if you don’t want the puppy to chew on them and start a bad habit by getting a hold of it in the first place.
  • Use garbage cans that have lids. This way, the puppy can’t get into the trash.
  • Use barricades like exercise pens or baby gates to keep the puppy out of areas that are deemed unsafe.
  • Assess the backyard for any possible hazards, for instance, toxic plants or holes in the fence.

Shopping For Doggie Essentials

It is essential to go shopping for all the essentials such as chew toys and a crate before bringing the new addition to your family home. The following items can start the shopping list:

  • A crate is an invaluable item for keeping your new best friend safe where you can supervise him and for making housetraining a little easier. Make sure you buy the right size.
  • A collar, leash, and a harness depending on the dog breed. Don’t forget to add an ID tag on the collar.
  • Puppy bowls and foods. Also, check out for pet promotional items that can really make your new family member feel welcome and part of a family.
  • Chew toys, since most dogs love a squeaky chew toy, especially teething puppies. Don’t select small toys that can pose a choking hazard.
  • Grooming tools since it is never too early to familiarize your pup with trimming nails and brushing.
  • Baby gates or exercise pen.
  • Treats are a must-have item since they come in useful during training and rewarding him for good behavior.

Introductions

A new puppy must be given enough time to adjust to the new environment. Be patient, and don’t overwhelm him. You can try the following:

  • Take the puppy on a tour of the house and yard to familiarize him with the new environment and familiarizing himself with new smells. Show him where his water bowl, food, and create is and, most importantly, where he needs to do his business. Allow him to explore but under supervision.
  • Introduce him to the other pets but under supervision. Keep interactions short at first.
  • Be careful when you introduce the new puppy to other people. Too much excitement and cuddles could be stressful. Make sure each experience is enjoyable and rewarding.

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