Pets find their way into their owner’s hearts with companionship and playful antics. But, bringing a new dog into your home calls for some important adjustments to your living space. Here are six tips to ensure that your home is ready for a new pup.
#1 Before the Big Day
Before your pet arrives, have a family meeting that covers scheduling:
● Who will be in charge of daily feedings?
● Who will be making veterinary appointments?
● Who will be walking the new pup?
#2 Stocking Up on Supplies
It’s important to buy all necessary dog supplies before bringing your new pup home. Here are some must-haves:
● Collars and leashes
● Identification tag(s)
● Water and food bowls
● Potty bags
#3 Preparing Your Furniture
Make sure your furniture is prepared for fur, scratches and chewing. Blankets draped over furniture will cut down on fur and bitter apple spray will help eliminate chewing. Regular furniture cleaning is important. If you’re short on time, consider hiring a cleaning service to help you.
#4 Getting Your Floor Ready
If you have laminate wood or wood flooring, precautionary steps (like refinishing the floor) are important to avoid scuffs and scratches. Area rugs will protect your floors against damage and offer extra style (and warmth in the winter).
#5 Creating a Safe Space
New dogs can be frightened or nervous when they first enter a home. As a result, it’s important to offer a safe space. A crate filled with blankets or bedding placed in a comfy area will help your pup feel at home.
#6 Consistency in Training
When it comes to the training of your new dog, introduce your house rules ahead of time. Consistent rules and commands are important to training. Decide before your new dog arrives which commands to use.
Bringing a new dog into your home can be fun and exciting. But, it’s highly important that your household is adequately prepared for your pet’s arrival. The above tips will help you prepare your home for your new arrival.
Written contribution by Andrea Davis, Home Advisor.