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Bringing Home a New Puppy: How to Prepare

Bringing a puppy home is an exciting feeling. However, it is vital to know that bringing a puppy home is not just a matter of picking up the dog and putting him or her in your car, then driving them home. Before your puppy arrives, you will need to prepare.

You must be ready to provide every little thing they need. After the puppy arrives, make the proper introductions, get the proper documentation, and find a good vet.


Having a Family Meeting

Having a family meeting is the first step. Getting a puppy is a commitment. You need to ensure that you are all on the same page. Determine who will be feeding the puppy and who will clean after him or her. Additionally, you will need to agree on the off-limits places for the pup.


Stock Up on Supplies

Here are a few things you need to get:

  • Dog crate or bed where the puppy will be sleeping.

  • Healthy puppy food. Before getting the food, ask your vet to recommend the right food for your breed.

  • Food bowls. Buy stainless steel or non-tip bowls. These will not break or absorb any odors.

  • A collar, leash, and harness. A harness will be essential for the first weeks of training or as you take them for walks.

  • Exercise pens or a baby gate. These will help set boundaries for those places that you want to be off-limits.

  • Chew toys.

  • Puppy pads for house training and poo bags for outdoor training.

  • Car restraint if you travel often.

  • Treats.

  • Stain and odor removing cleaners.

  • Groom tools. You can fake groom them at home to familiarize them with the process before their first grooming appointment.


Prepare Your Home

Puppies are as curious as toddlers. They do not know what is dangerous or off-limits. If they can get it into their mouth, they will chew on it. This is why before the puppy arrives, you will need to puppy proof your house. Here’s what you can do:

  • Indoor Precautions

Keep anything dangerous stored in a locked cabinet or up high where the puppy cannot reach. Additionally, tie all phone wires and electrical cords. Ensure you put away floor plants, decorations, clothing, and shoes. Also, put away breakable or small lying objects on low-lying surfaces that can hurt the puppy.

If you have children put their toys up high where the puppy cannot reach. You wouldn’t want the puppy chewing on your child’s favorite stuffed animal or toy. Moreover, secure removable table cloths or any hanging fabrics you may have.

  • Outdoor Precautions

Examine your backyard for any hazards and poisonous plants. You can also opt to switch to garbage cans with leads. In addition, prevent access to dangerous places such as your pool. Also, put away lawn products and chemicals. Lastly, check for escape routes and install the proper fencing system.


Preparing for Your Journey Home

Ensure that the puppy is safe. You can have the puppy in a dog crate or have someone gently hold them. Also, ensure you cater to the puppy’s needs, such as the need for water or toilet breaks. It is normal if the puppy whines along the way.

Do you want to know how to bring a new puppy home? Call Santa Monica Pet Medical Center at (310) 393-8218 to talk to a professional. Our office is in Santa Monica, California.

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