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5 essential things you should do before getting a puppy

Preparing for your new puppy is such an exciting time. Pretty soon you’re going to have a small furry ball running around the house and you’re thinking already about all the fun times ahead. But are you also prepared for the hard work and the time-consuming, sleep-depriving part of welcoming a puppy into the family? Very few puppy owners realise just how much their life is about to change. This might all sound a bit scary – but don’t panic! There are also plenty of amazing moments only a dog owner can experience.

1.Prepare your house

Set yourself up with everything you need for your puppy’s comfort and training.

Some essentials are;

  1. Basic four- to six-foot leash (later you can get an extra-long one for training)

  2. Adjustable collar with ID tags

  3. Metal or ceramic pet bowls for food and water (avoid plastic as it may cause skin irritation and is easy for puppies to chew up)

  4. Puppy food

  5. Simple dog bed with room to grow

  6. Dog crate with room to grow

  7. A few simple dog toys (try one of each: a squeaky toy, a plush toy, a chew toy)

  8. A brush, comb, or grooming mitt appropriate for your puppy’s coat

As your puppy grows, you will find you need other items, such as grooming supplies and preventive products. Your vet can help you decide which items best fit your dog’s needs. Having everything ready and getting your puppy into a routine quickly will help it settle in easily to life with you.

2.Puppy-Proof Your Home

Before your little friend comes home with you, it’s essential that you prepare your home. Do your best to puppy-proof every area of your home. Destructive puppy behavior is common, frustrating, and can be dangerous for your dog. Your puppy is sure to find all the little things that can hurt it.

Get down to a puppy eye-level and look for

  1. Hide all electrical cords as best as possible.

  2. Lock cabinets, especially those that contain food or medications, toxic chemicals, and other household items that may be dangerous.

  3. Keep houseplants up high where your dog cannot chew their leaves.

  4. Get a trash can with a locking lid or keep the bin behind closed doors.

3.Find the Right Veterinarian