Preparing Your Home for a Puppy

Are you about to bring home a recently adopted puppy? Make sure your house is ready for the challenge! Here, your Lafayette, LA veterinarian gives you a few pointers on preparing your home for your new addition.

Reduce Stress

A general rule of thumb: keep things as low-key as possible around your home when your puppy first arrives. Moving into a new area will be a stressful time for your pup, and having a lot of commotion, noise, and traffic around will only exacerbate the issue. Make sure to set up a “quiet zone” just for your pup, complete with a soft bed and a few blankets.

Try Dog Gates

By restricting your puppy’s access to only one floor or perhaps a few rooms of the home, you’re setting yourself up for success. This way, the area you have to make sure stays safe is manageable. Plus, it’s much easier to keep an eye on your rambunctious new family member if he’s not able to roam throughout the entire house.

Remove Physical Hazards

Go through each room that your puppy will be allowed into. Check for physical hazards like small objects that could be swallowed or choked on, loose wires and cords, toxic materials, sharp objects, and tight spaces; do what you can to remove the danger or minimize the risk. It’s very easy for puppies to get into mischief, so you’ll want his living space as safe as possible before he arrives!

Store Breakables and Valuables

Have we mentioned that puppies are rambunctious? Your high-energy pup is likely to knock things over and generally get into trouble, so take care to remove any valuable or breakable items from your puppy’s living area before he comes home. Pay special attention to glass items that could easily break and create sharp shards. Candles are another common hazard; it’s all too easy for a puppy to knock over a lit candle, potentially causing burns or even starting a fire.

Supply Chew Toys

Puppies are likely to chew everything in sight, so make sure you have plenty of chew toys on hand to redirect his chomping desires. Purchase chew toys at your local retail outlet or pet supply shop, and be sure to check that they don’t contain small pieces that could be chewed off and swallowed.

Do you have further questions on proper puppy care? Call your Lafayette, LA animal hospital today.

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