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5 Things to Do Before Bringing Home Your New Puppy

(Wednesday, August 13, 2014)

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.