Preparing to bring your new bundle of joy (puppy) home can be stressful. Is the house puppy proof? Will the kids bond well with the four legged friend? There are a lot of questions.
I was reading a great article on Dog Time which tells you the next steps to take:
Prepare your house.
This requires a little more work if you’re getting a puppy, since they can be champion chewers and have a knack for getting into things they shouldn’t. But no matter what your dog’s age, you’ll want to do some organising ahead of time.
Stock up on the right supplies.
Buy some of the basics ahead of time, so you both and your dog can settle in without too many mad dashes to the store. Here’s what you’ll need:
- food and water bowls
- food and maybe some treats for training. Try to get the same food your dog’s been easy since a sudden switch in diet can upset his stomach.
- collar and leash
- toys, especially chew toys
- stain- and odor-removing cleaners
- possibly some baby gates to block off sections of your house
Set up a routine.
A routine helps with house training and is reassuring to your dog. Figure out a schedule for walks, meals, bathroom breaks, and exercise,–and try to stick to it.
Read more next steps to take over on DogTime.com
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