12 Important Tips To Successfully Welcome A Puppy Into Your HomeWe bet your household is a hub of excitement and anticipation right now! Counting down the days until your bring home your new puppy is one of the most exciting things ever. But, although the anticipation and eagerness are running high, there are some precautions you need to take before bringing your new pup into your home. Here are the 12 tips to successfully welcome your new best friend into your home.
Getting a new puppy is a big step and certainly won't be a small or insignificant responsibility. Welcoming a new puppy home means you need to think about lots of things including; puppy-proofing your house, getting your pup the right toys, food and bed. Getting a puppy will change your life for the better especially if you get the first few weeks right.
Bringing home a new puppy tips
If you have never had a puppy before we’ll act as the dog owner’s manual you need to get you through this heartwarming process. Your new best friend needs you to do lots of groundwork in order for the puppy welcoming process to go off without a hitch. Have you ever thought about adopting a shelter dog? This route could be the right one for you!
1) Ensure a calm environment
The arrival of a new puppy into any home is an exciting experience especially for kids. Welcoming your puppy into a calm environment is essential because for your pup leaving behind their doggy family and stepping into the unknown is very stressful. Giving your puppy some breathing space will help the transition, so it’s best to avoid having lots of people surround your little fur ball.
2) Find the best sleeping space for your pup
Before your puppy arrives you should decide where he can lay his head down for the night or even an afternoon nap! The best place to install a puppy bed is in the corner of a room where people pass by less frequently. The goal is that when your pup is in bed and cozy, it’s his downtime which means he shouldn’t be disturbed or awaken.
3) Choosing the best dog bed
Choosing your puppy’s bed is a big decision because there really are so many factors to take into account, but mainly that your puppy isn’t going to be a puppy forever. Although wicker baskets may look chic, it’s important to keep in mind that they aren’t very comfortable for puppies and your little friend will chew through the material very easily. Although plastic dog beds are less esthetic, they are safer and much more practical.
4) The right choice of food and water bowl
When it comes to meal times, your puppy will need a ceramic or steel bowl that makes chewing the edges impossible. If your puppy has long ears opt for a narrow bowl that won’t soak them every time he needs to quench his thirst.
5) Toys, toys, toys!
Supplying your adorable puppy with toys that are age appropriate will help with your pup’s development. When puppies first come home it’s totally normal for them to want to chew everything in sight. Giving your puppy toys to chew on will help dissuade your furry friend from chewing on your personal possessions. The best chew toys to opt for are robes and balls that aren’t overly hard.
6) The perfect leash and collar
Your puppy shouldn’t be able to venture outside with other dogs before having had all the relevant injections, but that’s not to say you can’t get your pup used to wearing a collar at home. It’s best to opt for a nylon collar that can be adjusted as your puppy grows. If your puppy is a small breed a harness is the best option.
7) Puppy-proof your house
Your house can be a very dangerous environment for your puppy and if you don’t properly puppy-proof serious accidents could occur! Hiding electrical wires should be your number one priority because your puppy is likely to chew on them and could consequently suffer an electric shock. Cleaning products should also be kept well out of your puppy’s reach.
8) Patience is key when housetraining
Housetraining your puppy can be challenging but if done correctly doesn’t need to be a drama. Letting your puppy into the yard every 2 hours is the key to efficient housetraining, especially upon your puppy’s arrival. Accompanying your furry friend outside is advised because being separated from their family is often particularly stressful and your presence will be a reassuring comfort.
9) Book a checkup with the vet
No pets like going to the vets but taking your puppy to have the necessary vaccinations done is essential as well as having a complete health check carried out.
10) The big day!
The big day is finally here and the time has come to bring your puppy home. If you plan on bringing your pup home by car, keep in mind that your puppy isn’t used to all the movements and could even get sick because of them. Throughout the car journey your puppy needs to be reassured and held closely. Once you get home show your little fur ball his dog bed and let him take everything in, you’ll soon see he’ll eventually want to explore the house.
11) What to do on the first night
Establishing a good sleeping pattern is important, so even if it’s hard, don’t be tempted to let your puppy share your bed even if it’s to comfort him, because if you do you’ll never be able to break the cycle. The chances are your puppy will cry for the few nights, but even though it’s tough you must stay firm and leave him to his own devices. Being firm with your pup will get him used to sleeping alone.
12) Puppy training
Even before your puppy arrives home, looking into different training methods and even puppy schools is a must. Start with some training basics as soon as your puppy comes home, for example teaching him where he can and can’t go in the house should be started immediately.