Puppy care tips: How to prepare your home and family for a new dog
It is important to consider all facts and consequences before purchasing a puppy and bringing it into your home.
You will not only need to make sure your home is safe, but it is also imperative that you ensure you know exactly what you are letting yourself in for.
It is unfair to take on an animal if you are not confident in your ability to look after them competently. Reading about the subject online or going to your local vets for advice may help.
In the UK there are an estimated 8.5 million dogs* and every year many of these pets are abandoned. So, before you go out and buy your puppy, sit down with your family and talk about where the responsibility lies when it comes to looking after and walking the animal. Research different breeds, their exercise requirements and how big the adult dog will become.
Once you have decided a puppy is suitable for you and your family… then, it’s time to organise your home and plan how to help the puppy settle and integrate into the family. It is also important that you take any other pets you have into consideration when buying a new puppy.
Preparing your home
A puppy first enters your home is that it will start investigating its new environment. One of the first things to do is make sure that anything the puppy can get in its mouth or chew on, is out of reach – preferably in a locked cupboard.
Another big problem is the electrical cables for your TV, lamps and computers; you can buy protective covers that can be fitted to your skirting boards or underneath carpets to keep the cables safe.
Walking your puppy and house training
It’s not just a matter of bringing your puppy home and feeding it, you’ll also have vets bills and puppy exercise schedules that can become difficult if your family are at work or school.
Getting dogs to stop peeing in the house is a big development milestone. During the training phase, place plenty of paper on the floor and don’t get angry if it makes a mess, but give it plenty of praise when it goes to the toilet in the garden.
Once you have brought your puppy into your home, try to get a blanket that has been near its mother and contains her scent.
Place the blanket in a position where the puppy will sleep. You will also need to get into an exercise and training routine, make sure that you take them into the garden on a regular basis – especially after meal times.
Have your puppy checked at the vets
It is important that you make sure your puppy is healthy and has had all of its vaccinations when it’s young. Most vaccinations will taken place when the puppy is between eight and ten weeks old – and they should be given a booster jab every twelve months. Taking your dog for regular checks is important.
Remember that if it manages to get into a cupboard or shed and ingests something dangerous ensure you visit your local vet immediately.