Having a new puppy is not a decision that you will make casually. After all, you’re considering a furry, four-legged infant who needs every strenuous, goofy, yet lovable need you’ll satisfy. Your puppy’s first day at home is undoubtedly a very exciting time in the life of your new life together. With a few preparations, the process will be very simple and you will facilitate the arrival of the new member of the family. The best way to welcome your new furry friend is to buy everything you need beforehand to avoid the last-minute rush.
Before your new puppy arrives, there are a few things you need to prepare to make sure he’s comfortable and happy in his new surroundings. Blog.homesalive.ca provides the best new puppy checklist, complete with all the essential supplies you’ll need for your new puppy.
Food and Water Bowls
Choose stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls with a weighted bottom. Plastic bowls will probably end up chewed up, and the teeth marks become a breeding ground for bacteria. A heavy bowl will also be harder to accidentally knock over (by you and your dog). If your dog has long ears that can soak in food and water, consider a narrow bowl to keep him clean and dry.
Something to Chew on
Dogs love to chew, and a teething puppy will chew anything he finds. So if you want to protect your socks, shoes, and couch, buy some chew toys for your pup to test his teeth on. Just make sure they’re non-toxic, durable, and not too hard on the puppy’s teeth. You can also keep him occupied with the “chew bone” specially designed for small dogs. Be careful, never leave your puppy alone with anything that could choke him, burst in his mouth or electrocute him.
There is an incredible selection of dog toys – go to your local pet store or on the internet: You will find rings, balls, ropes, and pull ropes. All are designed to make your training or play sessions more fun – for you and your dog.
For your pup, brushing isn’t just about detangling his fur and making him look good, it’s an experience that reminds him of his mother. Visit your pet store and pick up a comb or brush and schedule one brushing session per day. Different coats will require different brushes – ask the pet store clerk, your pup’s breeder, or other owners who own a dog like yours for advice.
You will also need to clip your dog’s claws and give them a bath once in a while – so you can also buy a nail clipper and dog shampoo.
Stairs, balconies, and ponds should be out of reach of a curious puppy – and a strategically placed barrier will ensure that you don’t have to supervise. A gate can also help protect your furniture or personal items from your puppy’s irresistible “chewing instinct”.
Use a Crate
You may have purchased a crate to take your puppy home. And as long as the crate is large enough for your pup to roll around in comfortably, it’s also perfect for indoor use. Dogs hate going to the toilet in their own bed, so a crate is good toilet exercise for the first few weeks when your pup is working out his new routine. You can also use it to take it in the car, to discover new sounds and new places. At night, put your puppy in his crate, and as long as you take him out at regular intervals, he won’t spoil the floors.
A Cozy Place
To welcome your puppy, install his basket in a ventilated room, away from drafts and easy to clean. For example in the living room or kitchen.
If you opt for a doghouse, the size of this one must be twice that of the adult dog. It is very important that it is dry and slightly raised from the ground. Place a warm and cozy mattress there. You must set up his niche in spring or summer so that he can get used to it little by little and especially before winter arrives. Finally, do not forget to ask your municipality about the laws in force concerning the dimensions imposed on dog houses.