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How to Prepare Your Home for a New Dog

Are you adding a new furry member to your family?

Whether you’re purchasing your pup from a breeder or adopting one of the 3.1 million dogs that enter shelters every year, you want to make your home as pleasant as possible for your canine companion.

Here are four things you need to do to prepare your home and family for a new dog.

How to Prepare Your Home for a New Dog

Stock Up on Supplies

It’s important to have an area set up for your new dog before you bring her home.

Place food, water, toys and a comfy bed in a quiet part of your house.

Small yellow puppy in a fluffy dog bed

If your dog isn’t fully house-trained yet, put some puppy pads on the floor to soak up accidents.

Ask the breeder or shelter what food your dog is accustomed to eating and purchase the same kind.

Introduce any new foods gradually to prevent stomach upset.

Dog looking under a safety gate in a home

Puppy-Proof Your Home

Puppies, young adults and even some older dogs like to chew, dig and cause destruction, so keep your belongings and your dog safe by puppy-proofing your home.

Add anti-chew coverings to electrical cables, keep small objects and expensive items put away and protect furniture with waterproof covers.

Consider crate-training your dog to keep him out of trouble at night.

Dog looking over a fence in back yard

Secure Your Backyard

Letting your dog play in the backyard is a great way to give her exercise, but an ill-secured yard can lead to losing your furry friend.

Make sure your dog’s outdoor space is secured with chain link fencing that is too tall to jump over and buried deep enough to prevent digging out.

Keep an eye on your dog while he’s playing outdoors and consider a microchip to help find him if he gets lost.

You can also install invisible fencing that keeps your dog contained with a high-pitched sound.

Woman training a Golden Retriever

Learn About Your Dog

Education is important for giving your new dog the best care.

Learn how to train your dog with basic commands to help keep her out of trouble.

You should also research your dog’s breed to make sure you’re providing the proper amounts of food, grooming and exercise and to learn about any breed-specific health or behavior concerns.

Happy woman a Golden Retriever sitting by the beach

Remember, adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment.

Make sure you have enough time and energy for your new pup before bringing her home.

If you have issues with your dog, consult with a professional like a veterinarian or trainer before giving up.

Many dog behavioral problems are easy to solve with expert help.

rochelle haynes

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Thanks for the info

Dorothy Boucher

Saturday 23rd of October 2021

Great information here, I think its very important to do research. @tisonlyme143

Debbie P

Saturday 23rd of October 2021

This was good article with a lot of great points.

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