Are you about to introduce a new furry friend into your household? Bringing home a puppy is hugely exciting (especially if it is your first!), but a little preparation is needed to make sure things go smoothly.
So how can you best prepare your house for a puppy? Follow these tips to make sure you create the best space possible for your new excitable best friend.
Clean the House
For a young puppy exploring the world, everything needs to be chewed. It’s part of their playful and curious nature. To prepare for this, before bringing the new pup home have a big clean of your house, making sure the floors are clear of debris and anything potentially harmful. Where possible, try and elevate electrical wires.
In addition to this, buying some dog-friendly chew toys will give them something they can safely get their teeth around.
A dog crate can be a great training tool and be a safe space for a young pup. Dogs hate going to the toilet in their own bed, so in the first few weeks a crate is an ideal toilet training aid, while they adjust to their new routine.
Not only this, but they can be useful for getting outdoors too. You can put your puppy in the crate to take it in the car with you, out on adventures to explore new sights and sounds.
Create Space & Protect Your Valuables
Even with a toy to chew on, excitable and inquisitive young puppies will inevitably find something else to get its jaws around. This ‘something else’ might end up being your most valuable furniture, a family heirloom or something precious. To avoid this, for the first few months of having the puppy in your home, it might be a good idea to keep these precious items out of the way.
In addition, a puppy needs space to play and explore. You will also need to create a space for a bed, in a pup-friendly room.