With all of us having to spend a lot more time at home lately, lots of us have been thinking about getting a puppy to complete their home.
Lots of breeders are working more than ever with families wanting to give a puppy their forever homes.
Puppy dogs are incredibly sweet, and labrador puppies make excellent companions for a growing family- you can view them here to make your own decision- cute, right?
While making space for a new puppy in your heart is easy, preparing your home for them comes with a lot more organization to make sure they’re happy and healthy, too.
Here are some of the things you’ll need to have ready before bringing your new puppy home.
Bowls for Food and Water
When choosing a bowl for your new puppy, make sure to opt for ceramic or stainless steel. Plastic bowls are likely to be used as chew toys which will soon become a breeding ground for bacteria which will eventually cause damage to your puppy’s teeth and gums.
Heavier bowls are also far less likely to be knocked over.
Dogs and puppies LOVE to play and chew. They will chew on absolutely anything when they are teething. To keep your couch, socks, and hands safe from the jaws of a teething puppy, invest in a selection of chew toys for them.
A selection of tennis balls will keep them entertained and exercised
Make sure that they are durable, not too tough for their teeth, and most importantly- non-toxic.
Remember to never leave your puppy unattended in an area that could cause them (or your furniture) any physical harm.
Different dogs have different coats that will require different levels of care. It’s best to visit your local pet store to discuss the kind of products you will need to keep your puppy’s coat looking good and healthy.
Pick up some dog shampoo and nail clippers to help to get into a routine of regular grooming and bathing- making sure to check their claws regularly.
Grooming your puppy isn’t just about keeping them looking nice and untangling their coat, it can also be a way of bonding with their new family in the same way they bond with their mother.
A strategically placed safety gate will help to keep things safe when you’re not around to supervise. They also help to keep them away from dangerous spots such as the kitchen where puppies may be harmed by hot cooking. Balconies, stairs, and areas of open water should also be kept securely locked away from an inquisitive puppy.
They can also be useful to protect furniture from damage and chewing instincts of puppies.
Many puppies will have been crate trained when they were living with their breeder- Dogs hate using their beds as a bathroom, so using the crate as potty-training aid for the first few weeks in their new home is a vital tool to help to get them into a routine.
You can also use the crates in the back seats and trunk of a car so that your new puppy gets used to new sights, sounds and smells around them while in a safe environment.
Many new puppy owners will use these crates as a place for their puppy to sleep in at night- which as long as it is equipped with the right food and puppy pee pads, is a place for them to stay safe at night- without them using their bed as a bathroom.
Moving from the place they were born into a new home can be a big change for a puppy. One of the ways to help them to transition to your home as they make it theirs is to give them the same food that they used to eat. This way your puppy will have a sense of security in that level of familiarity.
Soon after that, you can begin to experiment with new tastes and textures over a period of 5-7 days by slowly mixing this new food in with their old food to wean them.
Puppies need to fed a balanced diet that is appropriate for their age and lifestyle. If you’re unsure, check with your vet or pet store experts.
Collar and Leash
Once your puppy has had all of their vaccinations, you’ll be able to start taking them out for walks. They will need to get used to wearing their collar and a lead at home before it is time for them to begin exploring the outside world.
Smaller dogs such as terriers and chihuahuas will be safer using a harness, which makes it easier to protect smaller necks.
Collars and leads are made in a wide range of different materials. Adjustable collars in nylon or soft leather are recommended as they can be used for longer as your puppy grows into a dog.
Collars should be adjusted so that two fingers fit easily between the collar and the dog’s neck. This needs to be checked regularly- particularly as puppies will grow very quickly!
Puppies are inquisitive, and if they were ever to escape from your yard or run away too far on a walk, passers-by will need to be able to identify them in some way.
Get their name engraved on their dog tag along with your contact details so that they can safely be returned if they ever get lost.
In case they lose their collar, though- make sure get a microchip inserted for easy identification when they are handed over to the veterinary surgery.
What better way to reward a puppy in training than with puppy treats? Make sure to get treats that are non-toxic to dogs and not harmful to puppies sensitive tummies.
A new puppy can be a wonderful addition to a loving home- with all of these things in place, you’ll be sure to have a happy transition for both you and your new puppy.
**This is a contributed post. While Amber didn’t write it herself, she’s approved it for you all.