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How to Prepare for Getting a Puppy

Welcoming a new puppy into your family is an exciting moment. The American Pet Products Association helps new and experienced pet owners to prepare well for the new pup. This may start weeks before you bring home your furry companion. If you want to know how to prepare for getting a new puppy, here’s what you should know.


Understand What’s in Store


A healthy puppy is brimming with energy, curiosity, and tenacity. You should expect plenty of chewing, whimpering, and running around. Toilet training your new bundle of joy will need patience and persistence on your part. Treats will be necessary when training your pup. You may want to secure some funds or pet insurance to help you during emergency vet visits and checkups.


A budget for vitamins and quality pet food is also a priority. Cleaning materials must be on hand to remove any stains from accidents inside the house. Plants, chemicals, sharp objects, and toxic items should be away from the new puppy’s reach. Securing the new puppy’s safety is a priority. The new pup will not be a mere pet but a new member of your family.


Puppy-proof the Home


Puppies can get into trouble right away. Protecting your pup and your property from any hazard is important. Removing anything sharp or toxic in low places or at floor level should be a habit. Placing plug protectors and hiding electrical wires may be a project you should start before the pup arrives.


Complete the Puppy’s Supplies


A dog crate is important in training your puppy. It is also a safe place for your pup to sleep and rest. It is a secure area for your pup to stay in while you are away. The crate can also help house train your puppy. The pup will not soil the crate unless you do not let the pup out for toilet time. The crate should be big enough for the puppy to stand, sit, or sleep.


Baby gates are also helpful if you want to confine your dog in one area of the house without using a crate. You can get gates with suction or tension for attaching them to your walls. These barriers can keep the puppy from falling down the steps. They can also prevent your new puppy from rushing out of the house.


Getting a leash and collar will allow you to take your puppy out for walks and hikes. You can keep your dog secure outside with these tools. The collar and leash can also help with some behavioral training sessions. A leash can also help teach your pup that staying by your side is important.


Food and water bowls are essential. The vet or breeder can recommend foods and supplements. Special foods for weight or allergy management must always be on hand. Healthy treats can relieve boredom and make training easier.


A dog bed will provide comfort to your puppy while resting or sleeping. You can choose from many available styles. You will find no difficulty choosing the right shape, size, and texture. Grooming supplies are also essential.


Having a new puppy is an exciting time. Preparing for your new companion will need time, effort, and money. At R Veterinary, we are always ready to guide new pet parents. You can visit any of our facilities in Linn Creek, Columbia, Waynesville, Ashland, and Fenton, Missouri, for an in-person consultation. Please call us at 573-245-1027, 573-346-5733, 573-443-7274, 573-774-3337, (573) 657-1838, or (573) 346-0516 to set an appointment or inquire about our new puppy care packages.

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