How to Prepare Your Home for a New Dog

Did you get a new pooch and now your house is in complete disarray?

If you love your new furry friend, but your home is no longer the sanctuary you once knew, you’re in the right place. There are easy ways to recondition your home for a new dog!

Most dogs aren’t used to being part of a family unless they’re raised with human children.

Here’s how you can help your dog settle into your home and become the adorable furball you’ve always wanted.

Choose the Right Dog Crate

You will want to measure the dog to determine the size needed, as well as consider if the crate will be large enough to provide them with enough space to move around comfortably. Choose a sturdy crate, made of metal or hard plastic, that is easy to clean. 

Place the crate on a rubber mat to prevent it from shifting and attach a chew toy for the dog to play with. Make sure the gate of the crate is secure and the latch is working properly. Cover the sides of the crate to ensure the dog has privacy and stable temperatures. 

Create a Safe Space for Your Dog

First, make sure potential danger zones are off-limits. Keep hazardous chemicals, medicines, and tools out of the pup’s reach. If any added safety measures are necessary, such as childproof locks, install them now. After that, puppy-proof the living areas by removing easily chewed items like wires, plants, and shoes.

Next, give your pup its own space. Set up a sleeping area with a comfortable bed and some toys so your pup can retreat and relax. Finally, be sure to create boundaries and appoint a potty area. 

Gather the Necessary Supplies

Start by purchasing food, bowls, a collar, a leash, and an ID tag. Toys are also important for helping your pup exercise and for providing mental stimulation. Additionally, bedding, such as a crate and a blanket or bed, will give your dog its own space to sleep and relax. If you’re potty training, pick up some training pads.

You’ll also want to get brush and grooming supplies to properly keep your dog’s coat clean and healthy. Finally, don’t forget to get some treats and toys to help with training and bonding. Consider this guide to adopting a puppy for the perfect forever home for your fur-ever friend.

Join A Training Class

An experienced trainer will provide valuable information and guidance on how to properly and safely introduce the newcomer to their new environment. Other important considerations include dog-proofing the house, checking for hazards and dangerous items, and eventually introducing the pup to family members, friends, and other pets.

Vaccination and documentation should be obtained prior to the arrival of the pet. Finally, you must give items to make your new puppy friend feel at home like food and water bowls, a bed, a playpen, chew toys, and other necessary items. 

Preparing Your Home For a New Dog

Bringing home a new dog is an exciting time for the whole family. Adjusting to the new addition takes a little work but with the right preparation, the transition can be seamless. Equip the home with the proper tools, get the dog comfortable with its surroundings, and take the time to connect with the pup; your home and heart will be ready for a new furry family member! Check out our other articles for more tips and tricks for caring for your pet.

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