Welcoming a puppy home is extremely exciting for both you and them, but it’s important to make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes and properly prepared for their arrival to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. From puppy-proofing your home to making sure you have everything you need to care for them, below are a few top tips to help you make sure you’re ready and prepared for the arrival of your beautiful new pup.
Do Your Research
Just as you’re doing by reading this article, it’s important to do plenty of research before you bring your puppy home to ensure you know what to do and what you need. Start by identifying what you need to do in order to make sure your home is safe for them, then you can look into the key facts you need to know about the breed and other essential pieces of information that will help you prepare and care for them once you arrive. If you have any questions you need answers to or are curious at all, do a little research to find out the answers and put your mind at ease. Use online pet retailers like Petwell to get information from their blogs and advice sections, as you know these are sources you can trust and rely on when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of your pet.
Puppy-Proofing the House
It’s no secret that puppies are adventurous, mischievous and sneaky and they will get to everything you hoped they wouldn’t, which is why it’s crucial to puppy-proof your home before they arrive. Take every space into consideration, whether that’s the safety of the kitchen and living areas, as well as the bedrooms and outdoor spaces. The main ways to make sure your home is safe are to remove any exposed cables or wires that could be chewed, cover edges of furniture to protect them from sharp little teeth and ensure any dangerous areas such as the stairs are blocked off. It’s similar to having a baby in the house, if you think there is a potential danger risk then you need to make some changes to ensure it’s safer.
Top tip: You may also want to move any shoes from your puppies reach, as shoes and shoelaces tend to be a very exciting new toy for them to chew and play with
Buy the Essentials
Whilst there are a few exceptions dependant on breeds, every puppy requires a handful of the same essentials to ensure they are getting the best start to life in their new home. The following list includes some of the essentials you should buy before you welcome your puppy home, to make sure you have everything you could need:
- Toys (you want to have a variety of soft and chew toys for them to play with)
- Food and Water Bowls
- Training Treats
- Puppy pads
- Puppy Friendly Cleaning Products
Once you have all of the above, you’ll be able to set your puppy up at home and create a space that is warm, welcoming and comfortable for them. The main aim is to make them feel as cosy and relaxed as possible, to help them settle into their new environment properly.
Plan the Day
The day you bring your puppy home is going to be very hectic and overwhelming, so you need to prepare in advance to make sure it goes as smoothly as it can. Start by giving yourself plenty of time in the morning to do final checks of your home and make sure everything is how you want it to be. Once you’re happy that your home is ready, you can add some key items to the car such as their blanket, a toy and some treats. This will help to keep them occupied during the journey home and help to keep them settled, as they may be nervous in the first few hours.