As International Puppy Day fast approaches on March 23rd, we’re focusing on all things puppy on our blog. This post details the 5 things you need to make sure you do to prepare before you introduce your new companion to their forever home.
1. Buy the appropriate supplies and equipment
When adding a new human or animal to your household, you need to make sure you have the correct supplies on hand before they arrive. Just as parents prep for the arrival of a new baby and buy a crib, car seat, and other important pieces, puppies need specific items to feel safe and welcomed into your home. We recommend you do your research and buy the following items: an appropriately sized crate, a collar and leash, nutritious food (ask a trusted vet for recommendations), grooming products, soft bed, puppy toilet training pads, a baby gate, and of course toys and a cuddly plush doll to make them feel at home.
2. Choose a qualified veterinarian
If you don’t already have a qualified veterinarian that you use, research online, ask friends and family for recommendations, and call your local kennel club or dog training school for a recommendation. You will want to bring your new puppy in for a health check-up within 72 hours of bringing them home to make sure everything is good with your new companion. Make sure you select a veterinarian that you trust and have a good rapport with.
3. Set up your house
Set-up and designate the areas of your house where you want your puppy to sleep, toilet train, and play prior to bringing them home. It is a good idea to discuss the rules and parameters with other family members so everyone can be consistent with the training and expectations required of the puppy. For example, if you decide that the puppy is not allowed on the furniture, make sure all members of the household follow this rule.
4. Research puppy classes
Popular puppy training classes often fill-up, and it can be tricky to get the time and date you want. Researching the program you want to enroll your puppy in ahead of time will save time and hassle when you are busy with your tiny companion in the first few weeks of them coming into your family. Basic obedience skills and socialization are very important for puppies and help them to learn how to behave in all kinds of situations.
5. Think about your puppy schedule
It doesn’t need to be set in stone, but like human babies, puppies do well when you set parameters and a basic schedule for their day. Thinking about the schedule and timing that works well with your family ahead of time will help everyone to get onboard. For example, if you decide that after school is when the kids will be responsible for taking the puppy for a walk, establishing this routine from the get-go will allow both the puppy and your kids to get used to the task. Also, house-training is much easier when a puppy’s meals, exercise, and playtime are on a regular schedule throughout the day.
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