There is perhaps nothing more exciting than bringing home a new puppy to your family for the very first time. Both kids and adults love having a puppy around because they are playful, fun, and downright adorable. Having a puppy does come with a lot of responsibility, and it takes preparation to make your family and your house itself ready for your new four-legged friend’s arrival. Your veterinarian can help you keep your puppy healthy. Here’s what you can do to get your house ready for a new puppy.
Put Food Away
Puppies are naturally curious creatures, and if they see or smell food sitting out, they’ll often make every effort to get to it. Make sure human food is out of reach from your dog, as there are many common items that can be dangerous for dogs. Grapes, chocolate, onions, and other people foods can make your dog sick, so be vigilant and don’t leave any of your food lying around.
Seal Off Garbage
Your puppy will be tempted by all sorts of things around your house, including the kitchen garbage. Food scraps, bones, and other tidbits are very attractive to a puppy, who may try to get into the garbage—even when you’re home. Take your garbage out on a regular basis, especially if you put any meat scraps in there after a meal. Put a lid on the garbage can, and consider storing it on a counter or in a closet with the door closed so you don’t have to deal with the mess of a puppy who has just discovered trash.
Block Your Stairs
When you first bring your puppy home, he may not be house trained. It will take some training to get your pal accustomed to his new environment, and it’s a good idea not to let him have the run of the house immediately. Use baby gates to block off your stairs or entrances to rooms where you don’t want him sniffing around without your supervision.
At Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale, we provide quality, compassionate care for your pets through all stages of life. Contact us at (480) 800-4559 to make an appointment for your new puppy to be seen. Visit our website to learn more about our services, and don’t forget to have your new puppy spayed or neutered.
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