Congratulations! You have a new family member and are committed to giving him the best life! So, how do you keep him safe and maintain some routine? Here are some suggestions from your BetterVet Team for preparing for a new puppy:
Introducing your new puppy to an existing family member?
If you already have a furry family member in your home, you should make the introduction gradually. Bring home a new blanket or toy from your puppy, so that your current pets can acclimate to his scent before the big day. Use child gates or other dividers to separate your puppy from existing family members while they acclimate to each other.
Puppy proofing your home:
You should confine your puppy to a much smaller area in your home. Make sure the space is free of choking hazards and electrical cords, or furniture that can be damaged. In most homes, this involves confining your puppy to a tiled surface when you can directly supervise. When you aren’t able to keep a close eye on your puppy, he should be confined to an appropriately-sized crate. (See our blog post on crate training your puppy!)
Here’s a SHOPPING LIST for preparing for a new puppy:
- Crate – plan on at least one, but you may need a second if you plan to have your puppy in multiple areas during the day/night or travel with him. You may also need lots of cozy blankets and a dog bed or two.
- Child gates -will keep your puppy safe and successful while house-training.
- Seat belts – in a car, your puppy should be either crated, or wear a harness connected to seat belt adaptors.
- Water dishes – 1 per floor of your home.
- Food from breeder or shelter – if your BetterVet veterinarian recommends transitioning to a new food, you’ll need to accomplish that gradually. It’s important to have a least a week’s worth of your puppy’s original food on hand.
- Appropriate toys – a mix of stuffable kongs, chewies, and safe distractions.
- Treats – look for something yummy that you can break into small pieces. Single-ingredient treats or those with limited preservatives and additives are best. (Goodness Gracious)
- Leashes/harnesses/collars – adjustable and size-dependent, of course.
- Poop scoop bags – be a responsible dog owner, please!
- Veterinarian first aid kit – gauze, ear cleaner, antibiotic cream, diphenhydramine, thermometer, styptic powder, nail clippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hydrogen peroxide, skunk recipe, emergency numbers, and medical records.
While it may seem daunting in the beginning, being prepared for your new puppy helps him make a smooth, safe and successful transition. Your BetterVet team can help – reach out anytime for help or advice! We want you to enjoy each other’s company for many years. Good luck!