According to data from the ASPCA, over four million animals get adopted every year in the U.S. If you’re planning on bringing a new puppy home in the next few weeks, you should have some preparations in place.
This guide will discuss some of the things you should do before bringing a new pup into your home. Keep reading to learn what they are.
Buy New Puppy Supplies
When you’re preparing to buy a dog, you want to ensure you have all the supplies your new furry friend needs. You can compare different products online or talk to a pet expert.
Before you bring your new pup home, you should make sure you have a dog bed, some pee pads, poop bags, bowls, food, and some toys. You’ll need a collar, harness, and leash as well.
Create Space in Your Home
Another important aspect of bringing a new pet into your home is creating space for them. A puppy might feel confused as they move into a new environment, it’s your job to make them feel comfortable.
You can do this by setting up a corner in your house for them. You can place their bed and toys in this area.
You should also have an area reserved for their food and water bowls. Show your new pup around your home so they can familiarize themselves with their new space.
Puppy-Proof Your Entire House
You’ll also need to puppy-proof your house when you get a new dog. You want to ensure your puppy is safe while they’re at home.
Make sure you’re clearing your floors of items your dog might want to eat. You should also keep food packages sealed and away from reach. Cover electrical outlets while your dog is around.
Start Looking for a Vet and Trainer
You should start looking for a vet long before you bring your pup home. Your new puppy needs to get regular checkups as he or she grows.
You should also consider puppy training early on. Finding the right trainer before you bring your pup home will prevent behavioral issues in the long run. Consider looking for this service online so your pup can get training from home.
Prepare Your Puppy for Grooming
When you adopt a dog, you should prepare the new pup for the grooming process. Introduce them to pup shampoos, baths, and nail clippers as early as possible.
This will help them feel more comfortable and prevents stress when you have to take them to the groomers later on.
Follow These Tips When Bringing a New Puppy Home
If you’re planning on bringing a new puppy into your home, you should follow the tips in this guide to help him or her feel as comfortable as possible.
Get all the necessary supplies and start looking for a trainer early in the process. Check out some of the other pet blogs on our site for more helpful tips.