If you were to look into any home in any location in Australia, you would find that the majority of families have at least one pet. It could be something as simple as a goldfish or a hamster, but for the majority of families, it is either a puppy or kitten.
Dogs are the first choice for many people. In the past, they acted as additional security for the family. If an intruder came around, the faithful dog would inform us, and if it is properly trained, it would attack.
That role has changed somewhat in modern times, and even though we still like to keep a dog around for security and additional protection, we generally keep them around because they are good company and lots of fun.
Anyone who has grown up with a dog will tell you that those times were probably the best times in their life so far, and if they eventually get married and have children themselves, it is very likely that they will introduce a dog into their family.
Taking a puppy into the family home is a lot of responsibility, and before you even bring it back to the house, you need to make sure that you have the right pet insurance.
Plus, there are several other things that you need to do to make sure that your puppy is coming home to a safe environment. You also need to take steps to make sure that your puppy doesn’t damage the things that you love and cherish. Here are some tips on getting ready for your new family member.
Puppies Explore with their Mouths
Anything that you don’t want the puppy to chew on, put it up high or out of the reach of the puppy. If you have a favorite pair of shoes or sneakers, then it’s up to you to put them away safely.
If you leave them on the ground, your puppy is going to want to explore them, and during that exploring, it is going to give them a good chew. This is all very new to your puppy, and it is going to want to taste everything!
Before you bring your puppy into the house for the first time, make sure you take it for a little walk around your yard and stay there until your puppy goes to the toilet.
Once you take it inside, within about 20 minutes take them outside again. Your puppy is going to get excited, and when it is excited, it tends to want to pee.
All through the day, you need to remember to take your puppy outside to go potty, and this way, you will teach it to go to the door by itself when it needs to use the restroom.
Create a Safe Space
If you can, get a soft cloth and try to rub it on the coat of the mother. The scent of the mother will go onto the fabric, and it will help settle the puppy so that it can go to sleep.
Your puppy will be a little shy at first, so put a crate or dog bed in a quiet place that isn’t too bright, and your puppy can go there when it is feeling a little scared.
These are just a few tips that will help when you bring your puppy home for the first time. Just give it lots of caring attention, but be sure to let it know that you are the boss. You can then look forward to many happy years together. Good luck!