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5 Things to Do Before Bringing Home Your New Puppy

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Adding a puppy to your family is a major decision, and with that addition comes a great deal of...

Adding a puppy to your family is a major decision, and with that addition comes a great deal of responsibility.  Some savvy planning can help make your new furry friend’s arrival much less stressful.  The American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) Canine Good Citizen Director Mary Burch, Ph.D. offers the following tips to help dog owners prepare their home for their new puppy’s arrival.

  • Go shopping.  Before you bring home your four-legged bundle of joy, there are a few items that you’ll need to care for the puppy.  Among those items are:

    • Bowls for water and food, as well as the food your puppy will eat.

    • A leash and collar for walks.

    • A bed that will be comfortable for your puppy and easy for you to clean.

    • A crate that is big enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lay down in.

    • Toys for puppy playtime.

 

  • Puppy-proof your home.  Puppies can get into trouble until they’ve learned the rules and developed physical skills.  Make sure to puppy-proof your home in advance.  Tips for puppy-proofing include:

    • Put all small objects away where your puppy can’t get to them to chew.

    • Secure your cabinets and move anything toxic to a high shelf.

    • Remove any poisonous plants, such as Poinsettia and Calla Lilies.

    • Use baby gates to block off any steps so your puppy can’t fall and hurt himself.

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