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Preparing for a new puppy

So, you decided to buy a puppy? How exciting! Having a new little pup around brings joy in everyone, but they are a lot of work and require preparation. Here are some steps to help prepare you and your home for your new best friend.

First things first, you need to buy all the necessary supplies to get your puppy settled. Purchase food that is age appropriate and healthy. Buy food and water bowls, a collar, leash or a harness, fun toys, and something soft like a mat or bed for it to sleep on. Every owner has their preference with the dogs’ sleeping arrangements. Especially for puppies in training, it may be wise to have a crate for them to comfortably sleep in their own space. Dog beds are also great training tools, you can teach your dog to lie down or stay. Be sure once you figure out the name to make an ID tag for them, they are helpful in cases where your puppy gets lost. The ID tag should include its name and the owner’s phone number. 

Toys are an absolute must for puppies! Some toys can be harmful, so be sure to find ones that are safe and appropriate for the size of the dog. Make sure that items that can be mistaken for toys are out of reach from your dog and hazards that are suffocation risks, such as plastic bags.

Step 1: Gather All the Supplies

The first order of business is to ensure you have all the necessary supplies to make your puppy feel right at home. Invest in high-quality, age-appropriate puppy food, food and water bowls, a comfortable bed or mat, and a collar with an ID tag. The ID tag should be non-negotiable to have to identify your puppy if they ever get lost, so make sure it includes their name and your contact number. Additionally, buy a leash or a harness to go with one for walks and outings. 

Golden retriever dog puppy playing with toy while lying on den

Step 2: Create a Safe and Comfortable Space

Puppies, especially those in training, benefit from having a designated space of their own. Creating can provide a sense of security and training tool. A crate can be a nice cozy space for them to relax and sleep. You can add some toys to wear out your pup before bedtime. 

Step 3: Puppy-Proofed Home

Puppies are naturally curious, and it’s crucial to create a safe environment for them. Puppy-proof your home by removing potential hazards such as electrical cords, toxic plants, and small objects. Keep items that could be mistaken for toys or that are a suffocation risk, like plastic bags, out of reach. 

Be sure to check out part two for more home making preparations!

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