Before You Bring Your Puppy Home
There are a number of things to think about, purchases to be made and tasks to be performed before returning home with your puppy.
Here is a checklist to keep you on track, you will not need all of them!
Things to have at your disposal or possibly purchase:
- Dog bed and bedding
- Outside kennel or shelter and warm blankets or bedding
- Movable cushion or blanket for inside the house for your puppy to relax on wherever you are
- Suitable chew toys
- Dog food
- Dog food bowl and water bowl
- Toilet pads
- Cleaning spray
- Grooming tools such as nail clippers, hair brush, flea comb, shampoo
Safety proof your house:
While making anything 100% safe it is worth taking a few minutes to think through some of the dangers that your puppy could face around the home.
- Swimming pool, ponds and sources of water should be out-of-bounds. Puppies can drown easily if they fall into deep water
- Electrical cables should be moved away around the back of desks out of range from your puppy, they seem to love chewing
- cables. Another option is to buy the cable covers that are hard plastic and puppies can’t chew through
- Use baby gates to close down certain areas of the house creating no go zones. Baby gates are a fantastic way to teach your puppy to be on its own for a few minutes until you return from another room. Then follow Golden Rule No.3
- All cleaning products should be moved out-of-the-way and kept where they can’t be accessed
- Heavy objects that may fall when pushed should be repositioned or moved out-of-the-way
- Remove valuable and small objects from the floor
- Make sure that toilet seats are down especially if you are isolating in the toilet or bathroom
- Another consideration is whether your bin is up to the task, possibly turning it around to make it harder to access will buy you a few months!
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