For dog and animal lovers, there’s nothing more exciting than bringing home a puppy! But to make sure the transition goes smoothly for you and your new pup, it’s important to have certain preparations in place.
There’s a lot you’ll need to care for your puppy and make sure they are as comfy as possible as soon as they get home. Start with the perfect crate that your pup can call his or her own, and that the pup will be able to grow into. Of course, a puppy needs proper nutrients, so getting the right food, treats, and food and water bowl is important. Though your pup will need some time before he or she can go for long walks, you’ll want to have a collar and leash to be able to take her out and about. Puppies are also extremely playful, so having lots of toys, especially chew toys, will be just what your pup needs! And for yourself, you’ll want to have cleaning supplies on hand for those inevitable puppy accidents!
You may be tempted to let your new puppy have the run of the land, but they need to learn boundaries and limitations first for their own sake as well as for the sake of your home! Section off an area of your house for the crate and toys where the pup will spend the majority of its time. This should be an area where he or she won’t be able to chew on your furniture or eat something that will make them sick. Make sure anything hazardous to them is out of their reach – chemicals, medicine, and certain foods and plants.
Plan for the trip home
Riding in a car for the first time can be stressful for puppies, so bring at least one other person with you so one of you can sit with the dog and soothe them when they get nervous. And make sure the puppy goes to the bathroom before getting in the car so there are no accidents to deal with on the way!