Bringing Home Your First Puppy

Bringing Home Your First Puppy

It is a mixture of excitement and feeling overwhelmed when you bring home a puppy for the first time.  You might feel quite uncertain of what to do and how to prepare.  Even if you had a puppy growing up, chances are your parents were the ones who prepared for it without you really even noticing.

Those are the joys of growing up.  But now you’re the adult and suddenly the decisions and preparation fall on you.  It need not be as scary as you think if you put the right things into place from early on.

Here are some tips on what to do and how to prepare when bringing home your first puppy.

Get medical cover

It is best to get pet insurance as soon as possible.  There may be a restriction on the minimum age that your puppy needs to be before it meets the minimum criteria, but don’t wait too long.

Accidents happen, especially when your dog is small, and you want to be covered for if that moment you dread, actually happens.

Depending on which insurance package you choose, you can get a policy that ranges from basic to comprehensive and it will not only cover emergencies but also routine check-ups as well as if your dog gets cancer or needs specialized treatment.

Puppy proof your house

Put dangerous liquids and poisonous stuff like rat poison away in a secure place out of reach.

Look for things the puppy might choose to chew on when it starts puppy teething and going through its chewing phase.

If you have furniture with dangling things or fluffy stuff that your pup might find entertaining to play with, be sure to keep the precious stuff out the way for the first year until it settles and no longer wants to chew on everything

Keep your puppy busy

A lot of bad habits come from when your dog is left alone.  This can be either if you’re at home and the dog is left unsupervised or if you are out and have had to leave the puppy on its own.

It is especially hard if you have no other dogs at home to help keep it company.  These are the most important times for you to find ways to keep your puppy entertained and avoid boredom.

Dogs become bad chewers during boredom and if they are constantly longing for you to get home and play with them, they will become anxious and stressed which could lead to relentless barking.

Create a safe space

Some people implement the crate training method, where the dog has its own crate to hang out in and this is where it can get time to itself.

It is also where you will feed the dog, give it treats, have soft toys or food-filled toys to keep it occupied and where it will sleep.

This helps the dog learn to settle down instead of following you around and it gives you a place to send the dog too when it is becoming a nuisance.

If you do it right, the dog will love its safe space and choose to be there.

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