Whether you are bringing a puppy or a rescue dog into your home, there is always some planning to do. You want to make that your new furry family member feels comfortable in his/her new home so that you can start building trust. You will also want to make sure that you have all of the essentials that you will need for your new furry friend. If you are thinking about bringing a new dog into your life, here are the top 5 things you need to do to set up your home for a new dog.
Stock up on supplies
These are essential items that you will need in order to care for your dog. Things like a food bowl, a water bowl, a leash, a collar, food and treats. You will also want to buy a bed so that the dog has a place all to its own. Let’s not forget about toys, especially if you’re bringing home a puppy. Chew toys are also important, unless you want your shoes to be destroyed, or worse, a piece of furniture.
Setting up a bedroom
Like us, a dog needs a place all to its own. This could be in the corner of the living room or at the foot of your bed. Regardless of where it is, it needs to be his/her place to feel safe and at home. You will also need to decide whether or not you will be crating your new dog, as the crate could then act as the bedroom. Or maybe you will crate it and have a separate bedroom area. It doesn’t matter where the bedroom is, as long as there is one.
This is especially true if you are bringing home a puppy. You may want to gate off a specific area so that nothing will be destroyed while you are training your pup. Make sure that the gated off area is in an area of your home where there is lots of activity so that he/she doesn’t feel isolated and alone. You will also want to make sure that there is nothing around your dog can eat and possibly get sick from. Make sure all cleaners, medicine and chemicals are in secure places that he/she can’t get to. You will also want to make sure that any plants that are toxic to dogs are high on shelves or even completely removed from your home.
Set up a feeding area
Most people set up the feeding area in the kitchen, but it could be anywhere. You will want some sort of a mat or feeding stand so that water does not get all over the floor. You will also want to make sure that the dog food is close to the feeding area to make things easier on you. This will also ensure that he/she is not confused about where to eat.
Bringing a new dog home can be stressful. Not only for you but for the dog. It is essential to remain calm throughout the entire process, from setting up your home to picking him/her up and bringing it to its new home. The last thing you want is to stress him/her out. Remember, you’re taking it out of a place it’s used to and bringing it to another. So this needs to be done in a calm, relaxing way.