Very few things are cuter than a puppy, and if you’ve just brought one home, you’re going to have hours of fun and cuddles. As your puppy gets bigger, you’ll be able to take your pal hiking, playing in the park, swimming in the sea and enjoy having them sat on your lap while you’re watching the TV. Before then, however, be prepared for a certain amount of work and commitment. There’s a serious side to being a puppy parent and it starts as soon as you bring them home.
Puppy Proofing Your Home
The hard work starts before you bring your puppy home because you have to make sure your home and yard are puppy proof. Anything that’s unsafe or off-limits needs to be put out of reach and you need to check for things that might be temptingly chewable. Loose items such as shoes, clothing, plants, and decorations should be kept off the floor. Any hanging material, such as drapes and tablecloths should be secured or removed altogether.
Your puppy’s tail can be very dangerous, particularly if it’s wagging all the time. Make sure any expensive ornaments or fragile decorations are kept up high. Hazardous materials should be locked securely away.
In the yard, check the fencing for any inviting escape routes and block access to the pool and other hazardous areas. Clear away garden hoses, tools, and plastic toys. It’s vital you’re able to create a safe and welcoming environment for your new arrival.
Getting in Supplies
You’re going to need some supplies for the big day. Puppy food is the most obvious, but there are several other things you’ll need to have close and handy. Lots and lots of newspaper is essential as it’s going to take a while for them to be potty trained. Dishes for food and water and a mat to protect the floor underneath are also important.
For the first few months at least you’re going to be training your puppy, so make sure you’ve got lots of puppy treats for rewards. Your puppy will need somewhere comfortable to sleep and a collar and leash for their experiences outside. Having a chew toy can help prevent them from chewing your favourite shoes or the coffee table.
What to Expect for the First Few Weeks
The first few weeks your new puppy spends with you at home are important. They’re going to be overwhelmed with all the new experiences at first, so introduce them to things slowly. If you’re planning to use doggy day care London services, this is also a great time to get your new puppy used to new faces, people and experiences.
Teach your kids to be gentle with the new arrival and not to snatch toys from their mouth or look directly into their eyes as this could be considered aggressive. Until everyone is better acquainted, it’s probably best if puppy and younger members of the family aren’t left alone. Toilet training is the first important hurdle to overcome, and this is going to require patience on your part.
In the first few weeks, it’s also a good idea to take a trip to the vet so that puppy and veterinarian can get acquainted and your puppy can have a thorough check-up. Your vet will also be able to advise you on the necessary vaccinations.