Bringing home a new dog is an exciting time filled with new love and companionship. However, as a responsible pet owner, it’s important to ensure that your home is safe and comfortable for your new furry friend. Preparing your home for a new dog requires careful planning and attention to detail, but it will ultimately make the transition easier for both you and your new companion. In this blog post, we’ll share some helpful tips to prepare your home for your new dog.
1. Dog Proof Your Space
One of the most important steps in preparing your home for a new addition, is to identify and remove any potential hazards. Here are some things to consider when dog-proofing your space:
- Dog’s love to chew on things, particularly puppies! Be sure to keep items such as electrical cords, shoes and blind cords out of your dog’s reach to prevent any accidents or damage.
- Keep medication and poisonous substances such as cleaning products, and toxic food away from your dog. See our blog on 10 Foods That Dogs Should Never Eat.
- Secure rubbish bins to prevent your curious friend rummaging through them and potentially consuming something dangerous
- Check that your plants are safe for dogs. Refer to our blog on Toxic Plants For Dogs.
2. Create A Comfortable Space For Them
Before bringing your new dog home, create a comfortable space for them to relax in. This can be a crate, a bed, or a designated area in your home. Make sure your dog’s space is comfortable with soft bedding and enough room to move around. Choose a quiet area in your home, away from disturbances, where your dog can feel settled.
3. Secure Your Home & Yards
Make sure your home and yards are secure to prevent your dog from escaping. Check for any holes in your fence or gate that your dog could slip through. If you have an outdoor area, make sure it’s secure and safe for your dog to run around in. It’s also important to microchip your dog and put an identification tag on their collar.
4. Establish Family Ground Rules
Before bringing your new dog home, create rules for the family to follow to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Decide where your dog will be allowed to go, whether they’re allowed on furniture or not, and where they will sleep. Establishing these rules early on will help your new dog learn boundaries and expectations.
5. Stock Up On Supplies
To ensure that you’re fully prepared for your new dog, stock up on the necessary supplies. You’ll need:
- Water Bowl
- Collar and identification tag
- Grooming supplies
- Poo bags
- Toilet training pads and odour-neutralising spray
6. Prepare For Training & Exercise
One key aspect of preparing your home for a new dog is ensuring that you have dedicated time for training and exercise. It’s important to make time for daily exercise, whether it’s taking your dog for a walk, playing together in the yard, or visiting a nearby dog park. By setting aside time for training and exercise, you can help your new furry friend adjust to their new home and develop healthy habits that will benefit them in the long term.
By taking the time to carefully prepare your home for your new dog, you can ensure that they feel safe, comfortable, and loved in their new environment, setting them up for a happy and healthy life with you.