If you’re one of those people who truly love dogs, you would get what we mean when we say that bringing home a new puppy is one of the most exciting experiences one could ever have. After all, who doesn’t want a cute, loyal and intelligent companion with such a fun personality?
However, even if puppies are cute, there are things that you should be prepared for. Say you’ve decided to get a Shiba Inu puppy or a Maltese, would you know what to do given the dog breed and age of your new dog? It’s important to first get to know the breed and then learn how to properly puppy-proof your home to prepare for her.
Getting to Know Your Puppy
Puppies require more care, attention and patience than older dogs. Indeed, puppies are cute, but there is a lot more to know in order to responsibly own a new puppy and welcome them into your home.
First off, know what breed your puppy is. This would allow you to prepare for a lot of things. If you got a breed with long hair, you know that the main thing that you need is a set of combs and brushes that would allow you to maintain that coat and avoid matting.
Second, know the size of your dog. You would not want to buy a dog bed that you would eventually have to replace because your puppy doubled in size in just a month or two. The same goes with feeding bowls. You can start with small standard bowls, but if you got a Labrador or other big breeds like Great Danes, know that you would need thrice the size of that when it comes to feeding.
You should also know the characteristics of your dog. Are they suited for a household with kids like a Shiba Inu puppy or a Golden Retriever? Do they do well with other animals? How much exercise and training do you need? Knowing these things will prepare you for becoming the best paw-rent possible.
Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Ever heard people saying that they are baby-proofing their home? Newsflash! Now that you are getting a new puppy, you also need to puppy-proof your home. Here’s a quick checklist to help you out.
Organize your cords and cables!- Wires, cords and cables can be very intriguing for your new puppy. Other than the hassle of having to buy new cords, this can also be very dangerous for your pup if any of the cords are plugged.
Having a designated space for medicine and other drugs- Like kids, a new puppy is very curious. A bottle that makes interesting and rattle-like noises might be a bottle of paracetamol to you, but to your pup, it is a new toy. Make sure you keep them out of reach.
Get rid of poisonous house plants- Some plants are poisonous and have lethal effects on canines. To avoid heart-pounding trips to the vet, it’s best to research the plants that you currently have and get rid of the ones that could potentially harm your puppy.
Secure doors and windows- Looking for a lost puppy is one thing you do not want to experience. Make sure that your doors and windows are secured well so you never have to post or print a sign saying “MISSING”.
Things You Need for a New Puppy
Like preparing for a baby on the way, there are also some things that you need to get before bringing home a new puppy.
1. Pet comb and brush- Whether long or short-haired dogs, you still need to do some brushing. Even if your dog has short hair, brushing will get rid of loose hair from shedding. Whereas for long-haired dogs, brushing will keep the coat smooth and beautiful while also preventing matting.
2. Blow dryer/Hair dryer– Another trick is to blow dry them to get rid of any loose hair. Just remember that if blow-drying is a part of your grooming plan moving forward, you need to get the puppy used to it. If not, they may not enjoy it or even oppose it as much as nail clipping.
3. Leash and harness– In order to bring your puppy out for walks and training, you’ll need a high-quality leash and harness. Don’t buy cheap leashes that will eventually get chewed up.
4. Food and water bowls– Get good quality dog bowls, preferably not cheap plastic ones. You don’t want to keep buying bowls every two weeks. It’s best to buy something that would last for months or even years with your puppy.
6. Dog beds & blankets– Although some puppies can adapt to cold and hot weather, it is still good to give them their own cosy space should they want to snuggle, rest or just relax.
7. Quality Dog Food– Make sure to feed your puppy with the right type and mix of dog food. Remember to give him puppy food during his puppy years and make the switch towards the 12th month.
Being a pet owner is a big responsibility. Make sure that when you decide to bring home your new puppy, you are prepared to give them time and attention. And make sure that you prepare your home and life properly so that your puppy can live a happy, healthy life.