Are you about to bring a new puppy into your life and home? Although adopting a little furry friend is often an exciting time, adjusting to a new lifestyle and routine with your dog may sometimes feel like a tough transition. However, taking these three steps can help you adapt to life with your puppy.
- Learn All About Your Puppy’s Breed’s Requirements
One of the best ways you can feel confident adopting your new puppy is to learn all about the type of requirements his or her breed has to be in peak health. The health requirements of German shepherd puppies imported from Germany may be different from those of toy poodles or golden retrievers, for instance, so a bit of research can go a long way.
- Start To Dog-Proof Certain Rooms in Your Home
Dog-proofing your home is one way to help keep your puppy out of harm’s way while he or she is still getting used to your space. To do this, you might need to:
- Designate a certain space of the home for early training
- Remove medication and potential choking hazards from easily accessible areas
- Install dog gates throughout the home
- Keep Your House Stocked With Basic Puppy Supplies
Making sure you always have basic puppy supplies on hand can help prevent confusion and even panic in the event your puppy should have an accident or emergency. Before you bring your dog home, make sure you’ve checked some key items off of your puppy’s shopping list. Some must-haves include:
- A soft and supportive puppy bed
- Water and food bowls
- Several months’ worth of dog food and treats
- Leashes and tags
- Squeaky toys
- A dog crate with training pads
Getting used to living with your new puppy and ensuring your dog’s welfare may seem like a difficult transition, but you can quickly adjust by following these three basic steps. Learn about your dog’s breed, start dog-proofing your house, and stock up on supplies to ease the transition.