Bringing a new dog home is an amazing experience, but it can certainly be challenging as well. Whether you adopted a puppy or an older dog in need of a loving home, the first time you bring them home will be just as emotional.
Their first days in the new home are going to be very important, so you need to make sure you have everything prepared to greet your newest family member. If you don’t know where to start, we got you covered. Follow the tips below to ensure your house is prepared for the big day.
Puppy-proof the house
Especially if you are bringing home a small pup, ensuring they can’t accidentally harm themselves while exploring their new home is very important. This is why, days before you bring your furry friend home, you need to start proofing the house.
This means ensuring there are no hazardous décor pieces they can chew and choke one, ensuring all trash cans are closed so you don’t find them chewing on leftovers and getting rid of all pet-unfriendly plants. Also, make sure there are no cleaning products or unsafe pest control products left around. Especially when they are small, dogs like to chew on everything, so they can easily ingest hazardous products when you’re not paying attention. If this happens to you, please rush to the veterinær right away!
Set up a corner of the house just for them
Just like you have your room, your dog needs a corner of the house just for them. Many pet owners choose to crate train their dogs, meaning they set up a crate inside the house where the pup spends most of its time. If this is your case as well, make sure the crate is big enough for them to be comfortable there.
Even if you are not planning to crate-train your dog, they still need a designated place inside the house where they can sleep, play or simply relax. Gather all their toys there, make sure they have a puppy bed set up and keep away things that could be harmful to your dog.
Don’t forget about the potty place
Especially if your dog does not have constant access to an outdoor space, they need to have a place where they can do the dirty business at home as well. Sure, you will be taking them out at least twice a day to go number one or number two, but it is ideal to have a designated potty place inside the house as well, for emergencies.
Take time to potty-train your dog from the moment they get home. You can do this by yourself, or contact the dyreklinikk and ask if they have professional trainers there to help you out.
Stock up on supplies and lots of toys
Especially when they are little, dogs just love to chew, and if you don’t give them enough toys, they will start chewing on whatever they find around, including your shoes, pillows, cables, and decorations. Stock up on toys to keep your pup active and healthy, but don’t let them play alone all the time. Use toys to create a closer connection with your dog, play with him at least 30 minutes every day and ensure that time is for you and your dog only.