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  • 8 Tips to Prepare Your House for a New Dog

    by Emily Bergquist
    A brown and white collie stands happy in the wind.

    Are you a first-time dog owner? Are you thinking of bringing a new dog to your home?

    Even though bringing home a pet for the first time is truly one of life’s joys, it requires serious planning.  You need to make some adjustments to your home to make the dog’s transition to its new life with you easier.

    On the first day, your dog will most likely be excited and nervous. So, ensure you’ve made him as comfortable as possible. Whether you’re adopting a senior dog who needs a loving home, or you’re bringing in a puppy to shape and mold into your perfect family dog, these eight tips will help you prepare your house. Let’s dive in!

    Before You Get A Dog

    Have a family meeting

    Having a dog is a big commitment; that’s why it’s important to talk with your other family members to ensure you’re all together in wanting to bring a tail-wagger home.

    If the family is comfortable with the decision, select the primary caretaker of the dog. The dog will require someone who’s going to take him outside on walks, feed him, and play with him. But that’s only possible if it’s loved and accepted by all the members of the household. Ensure everybody is on board before you can make any decision.

    Buy all the things

    This is the exciting part of the preparation. Visit your local pet store and purchase all the things that your dog might require: a leash, food bowls, treats, toys, bed, and anything else needed.

    Preparing to welcome a new dog home involves a lot of time-consuming activities. This means students might not have enough time to concentrate on their homework. But worry not! You can use writing services like Edubirdie, which can help you complete your research papers on time. Remember your education is important, and homework and assignments significantly contribute to your final score, so take them seriously.

    Once the dog is settled in comfortably, you must go back to campus and attend classes. So, it’s wise to complete your assignments in advance so you won’t have to give your teacher any excuse when you’re back in school.

    A small white dog with black ears stand on its hind legs leaning on a stool.

    Find a vet for your dog

    Find a veterinarian who lives close by so your dog can receive vaccines, checkups, and anything else they may need. The more information on healthcare you have, the more confident you’d feel as a dog owner. Also, try to locate the closest 24 hours emergency animal hospital in your region and write down the number. Place the number somewhere where everyone in the house can find it easily, like on the fridge.

    Dog-proof your house

    Dogs have varying reactions to new surroundings, but there are some adjustments you need to make in your house to make it safe for them. Place all harmful chemicals on the high shelf, remove anything a dog can choke on, tape electrical cords to baseboards, and remove any roach traps if you had any.

    When The Dog Arrives

    Ensure the dog is comfortable and has time to adjust

    Bring your puppy home during the weekend so you can spend time with him the whole day. If you bring him during the weekday, ensure there’s someone at home who can keep him company for a few days till the dog gets used to his new home.  When driving the puppy home, ensure you’ve safely secured him in a doggy crate.

    Start your training

    There are many dog training books or manuals online that can help you train your dog.  Most old dogs from the shelters are already trained, but if you’re getting a puppy, you must start training it earlier so it can learn good manners.

    Two important lessons you must teach your puppy are socialization and how to live in the house. As a result, it will start getting comfortable around other family members and pets.

    A border collie runs after a tennis balls on the ground.

    Get a Dog License

    Most states in the US require dog owners to get a license for their dogs, but the legal requirements will vary. A dog license and a tag are crucial since they make it easier to find your dog if it ever gets loose. For extra precautions, you can get your dog microchipped.  Visit your local animal care and control to get your dog licensed, or you can do it online.

    Balance lots of love with some space

    Don’t overwhelm your dog with love. Also, don’t ignore them. Balance the cuddles and pats with space. If you have kids in the house, remind them to be gentle with the dog during the first few weeks.

    Conclusion

    Taking care of your dog for the first few weeks requires patience, so moderate your expectations.  Keep in mind, life with you is a different experience for your new furry companion, so give him time to adjust.  You will soon realize you’ve made a friend for life.  No one will ever greet you with so much joy, enthusiasm, and love as your dog. So be patient with him, and you will enjoy the results.

    Article written by Jacy Sutton.

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