The phrase “man’s best friend” takes on a whole new meaning when you find out that this year alone, U.S. pet parents are going to spend $60 billion on their furry and four-legged friends. This clearly shows that pets aren’t just companions for many, they are another member of their family.
If this is how you feel about your pet, then you know how rewarding the pet/owner relationship can be. If you are new to the world of pet ownership, though, you may be a bit overwhelmed after you make the decision to buy puppies online. Now, you have this new, cute, ball of fur headed your way – how do you prepare?
First things first – don’t panic! Instead, use the tips here to ensure your home is puppy proof and puppy ready when your furry friend arrives.
Figure Out Who’s in Charge
If your family is adopting a puppy, then giving everyone a job to do is helpful. Take some time to figure out who does what with the pup. For example, who is going to take the pup outside? Who is in charge of feeding it three to four times a day? Who is going to manage vet appointments and grooming?
If you have kids, give them the easy jobs – such as feeding and watering the pup. It’s a good idea for adults to be in on toilet time, as this is how the pup will learn to go outside to “do their business.”
Create a Go-To Command/Vocabulary List
It’s a good idea to make sure everyone’s on the same page with the words and commands given to the new pup. For example, you can use “down” to get the dog to sit, lay down and get off the furniture. Choose one word for each command and then be consistent.
It may help to write the commands down at first until everyone becomes familiar with them. This will help prevent confusion with your pup.
Shopping is a must when a puppy is coming. You will need to purchase all sorts of supplies, including water and food bowls, the right food, grooming supplies, a leash and collar with an identification tag, chew toys, bedding, odor neutralizer, a gate, and a crate.
When you shop before the new puppy arrives, you can save money and be prepared – it’s a win-win!
Puppy Proof the Home
Figure out where the puppy is going to spend most of its time during the first few months. This may mean that you have to store household items on high shelves, reposition plants, tape electrical cords, set up the crate and install gates.
After you have puppy-proofed everything, lie on the floor to get a puppy-eyes view. This will let you know if there is anything else the pup may be able to get into.
Getting Your New Puppy Settled
Remember, when you finally get your new pup, it can be quite overwhelming. They are in a new environment, without their mother or brothers and sisters. Give your pup time to adjust. It’s a good idea to keep things calm and quiet for the first few days to ensure your puppy doesn’t get overwhelmed.
As you can see, bringing a new puppy home can be quite exciting. However, if you aren’t ready, it can also be quite a challenge. By using the tips and information here you can ensure that you, your family and your home is completely ready for your pup’s arrival. By doing this, you can feel confident that you and your pup will be happy sharing the space.