Bringing home your new puppy for the first time is a thrilling experience and one you’ll not forget in a hurry. However it does pay to be prepared. Remember that while you will find it exciting your new pup will likely find it overwhelming. It makes sense to ensure your home is as calming and puppy friendly as it can possibly be.
Here are some tips to make sure this occasion is a big success:
- Make your home safe
This is the most important thing to do before you collect your new puppy. You may not notice power cords lying around but your puppy will. Go from room to room looking for obstacles, temptations and anything that is within your puppy’s reach. You’ll undoubtedly miss some things but the more you get out of the way and puppy-proof the rooms the easier it will be to welcome him home.
- Provide a crate or a place to sleep
Many dog owners say dog crates are the best types of sleeping places to provide for new puppies. Put a nice blanket in there and leave the door open so the puppy can explore before bedtime. If he has a favorite toy when he comes to stay with you, put that toy in the crate so he knows it is his place to go to. If you find he is too hyperactive to sleep, even when he is shut in his crate at night, you could put a sheet or blanket over the top. Make sure it is an old one in case he nips at it!
- Let your pup know where he should go to the toilet:
Make sure you have an area in mind that can be used for his toileting needs before you welcome your pup home. This way you’ll know where to take him when he needs to go. If you haven’t got a space outside he can use, make sure you have a tray indoors that is fit for the purpose.
The main thing to remember is that this is a big day for both you and your puppy. Your pup may not be able to prepare to go into his new home, but you certainly can. By focusing on the three steps given above, you can make sure you get the best outcome and a happy pup from the moment he sets foot in your home.