Puppies aren’t just great in Internet videos. A puppy in your home is wiggly, cuddly fun for the whole family. And, also a bit of extra care.
When you bring home a new puppy — or a new dog of any age — it’s important to make changes to be sure your house or apartment is safe for and safe from its new resident.
Puppies are lively and curious, and they will explore everything that looks, tastes or — particularly — smells intriguing. That curiosity can be dangerous.
Put latches or locks on cupboard and closet doors, and keep these attractive dangers out of reach:
Whether you own your home or you’re a renter, you will want to prevent – or at least minimize – damage to your space. Minimizing her access to certain areas of your home may help, especially while you’re away.
A dog typically won’t soil her own space, so using a crate can help keep your space clean and help with housetraining, too. Buy a crate big enough for her to grow into. One that comes with a divider will help you adjust her space as needed. She should have enough room to stand and turn around.
Or, set up gates to keep your pup out of carpeted rooms, or confined to rooms with easy-to-clean floors. But, make sure to still leave her room to move around.
If you’re not confident about your pup’s housetraining, stock up on absorbent pads that are scented to attract your pet to do her business there. You may also want to consider:
Finally, remember that it can be dangerous to leave your dog unattended with certain treats and toys, so discuss safe ways to keep her occupied while you’re away with your vet. And, be sure she has access to water.
With a little advanced planning, you and your new canine companion will soon be settling into a happy routine – and plenty of cuddles! Congrats on your new family member.
There’s lots more to know about keeping a dog safe and happy in your home: feeding, exercise, housetraining and general care. The ASPCA provides plenty of good answers to your questions, and you can also check out our blogs on pet first aid, toy and treat safety, and dogs and home insurance.
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