CHARLOTTE – Bringing a new puppy into your home can be an adjustment for everyone involved. Puppies can be very curious and energetic, so it’s important to be thorough in “puppy-proofing” your home as you prepare to bring a fur baby home. Here are some things you can do to set yourself (and your puppy!) up for success during the transition.
- Puppy-proofing your house is somewhat similar to child-proofing, as puppies can get into anything! Make sure that there aren’t small objects on the floor and that sharp objects are out of reach. Medicines, cleaning supplies and the like should also be out of reach or in locked cabinets. Unplug, move, or conceal electrical cords, as these are definitely a chewing hazard, and try to keep toilets closed so that your fur baby can’t fall in or try to drink out of them.
- Like humans, puppies need time acclimating to a new environment. Be sure to provide a comfortable, safe area for them and try to keep their environment consistent by setting up their bed, food and water where you plan on having it long-term.
- Plan for consistent feeding times, training, outdoor potty breaks, and regular walks to help your pet adapt and learn their new schedule and appropriate behaviors. However, also prepare for potential accidents, as it’s likely that they’ll occur.
- Provide plenty of mentally-stimulating and appropriate chew toys for times that you’ll be away from home. Interactive toys can help your new pets release stress in a paws-itive way!
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