Getting a new puppy is exciting, but it takes more than just buying a leash and heading home to be fully prepared to welcome your new best friend. Puppies are a lot of fun and a welcome joy to any home, but they are also a lot of work and require a ton of attention and care.
If you want to create a comfortable and happy home for your new puppy, you will need to take some time to make the right preparations. Moving away from their mothers and siblings can be a big adjustment for little puppies, so it’s essential to do everything you can to make the adjustment smooth for you both.
From buying a supply of grain-free puppy food to safety proofing your home for your new addition, there are a few things to do before you welcome your new addition. Let’s take a look at a few things you should be doing to prep your home for your new puppy.
Gear and Supplies
Puppies are energetic and busy pets, so you will need to gather all the gear you need before bringing them home. Trying to take a new puppy shopping for equipment and supplies could be a bit overwhelming. Here’s a list of a few puppy essentials:
- Non-slip water and food dishes
- Soft-sided car carrier
- Seatbelt harness for the car
- Soft napping bed
- Puppy food
- Collar and I.D. tags
- Pee pads
Puppies tend to want to explore every part of the world around them. Breeds like Shiba Inus are super curious and enjoy discovering new places and smells.
Anything that you usually store on your floors like shoes, planters, or insect traps should be put up where your puppy can’t get at them. Small decor items and books stored on low-level shelves should also be stowed away if you don’t want them to be damaged or chewed.
Your home may be overwhelming to your puppy. They may not be coming from a large home and can be intimidated by having so much room to roam. When you first bring your puppy home, give them time to get used to smaller areas in your home. Using child safety gates to separate your rooms will slowly give your puppy time to adjust to their new surroundings. As they become more at ease, you can expand the boundaries for them to explore.
Open Your Schedule
Puppies require the same amount of care and supervision as the average toddler. If you aren’t prepared to open your heart and your schedule to the care of your puppy, you may want to wait until you can dedicate more time. Creating a routine will be helpful for you and your puppy. Set a schedule for eating meals, walking, playing, and bedtime that will help your puppy to adjust to their new life.
The first days in their new home can be overwhelming for your new puppy. Although it’s essential to give them lots of cuddles, and affection, you should also provide them with the space they need to adjust to their new environment. Be patient with your puppy and use their behavior as a guide.
Bringing a puppy into your home can be a joyful and rewarding experience. With the right preparation, you and your puppy can quickly form a bond that will last for years.