Before you bring your new dog home, whether it’s a puppy or a rescue dog, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure you and your home are fully prepared. Welcoming a new dog into your home comes with a high level of responsibility and if you don’t prepare properly, you’ll find yourself struggling to keep up with the demands that your new dog will have. Having a dog in the home is truly amazing and you want to make sure they feel just as at home as you do!
Preparations for Your Dog
It’s important to make sure you have everything you could possibly need to ensure your dog is happy, healthy and feels at home. Whilst the obvious essential items such as food and water bowls, a comfortable bed, a selection of dog toys and a lead are extremely important, it’s just as important to have the right dog shampoo, towels and grooming products to keep your dog in their best condition. By preparing for your pup’s arrival, you are able to make sure that they’re settled and happy, with everything to hand as and when you may need it!
Preparations for Your Home
Making the right preparations for your home is just as important as putting the dog preparations in place, especially when this is your first time having a pet. From padding out the skirting boards to adding a gate to your garden, it’s important to check every area of your home to ensure it’s ready for your new friend. Start by taking all of your interiors into consideration, as you want to feel comfortable knowing that your dog is safe to wander around the house with no risk. Introducing baby gates to the stairs is a really good first step, as you don’t necessarily want your dog going upstairs without your permission. When it comes to oak furniture pieces, you need to ensure that you have any exposed legs or table corners covered with some padding, as it’s inevitable that those needle-like teeth will take an interest at one point!
You then need to focus on ensuring your garden is ready and prepared for a dog. One of the main benefits to having a garden when you have a dog is that they have the freedom to enjoy the fresh air and outdoors, without you having to worry about them running off. It can be difficult to take your dog out multiple times a day and letting them in the garden can be really beneficial for their health and mood too. There are a few obvious precautions you should always take before introducing your dog to the garden, which includes putting up secure fencing to prevent anyone from wandering off, removing all plants or flowers that could be potentially poisonous to dogs and also making sure there are plenty of toys for them to play with, as this can help to prevent them from digging up your lawn or flowerbeds.
Your Dogs Health & Safety
From the moment your dog enters your home, it’s your responsibility to provide them with the care and love they require for a happy, healthy life. You need to ensure you have the necessary equipment for them, including a dog collar and lead. It is now a legal requirement for your dog’s tag to have your name and address attached, so it’s essential you have one of these ready for their arrival! You should also ensure you’ve chosen the vet that you wish to register your dog too, as well as finding a groomer for them to receive their frequent nail clipping and coat cut.
Once your home is ready and prepared for your pup to arrive, you can look forward to making many memories with them and having a wonderful life together!