Now that you have picked the puppy that will become your newest family member it is time to bring your new bundle of joy home. It is important to remember that a puppy is just like a new baby. They need very special care, time and attention. If you are not prepared to make this commitment you should think again about getting a puppy. You should prepare your home for the new puppy before bringing him home. Also, make sure you have purchased all of the needed supplies for your new puppy before going to get them. That way everything is ready for them when they arrive.
The most important part of preparing your home is to make sure the puppy has his or her own space. This will help make sure the puppy feels welcome and comfortable in their new home. Remember your puppy has been taken from his mother, family and everything he has known since birth thus it is very important for you to make them feel safe and secure.
You will need to puppy proof your home in order to insure his or her safety. You should make sure that all potential dangers have been eliminated. Puppies are extremely curious and need your help to protect them from potential dangers. Many household items can be very dangerous or even deadly for your new puppy. Household cleaners should be kept out of reach. Electrical cords should be attached to walls or otherwise kept off the floor. The puppy's crate should be placed in an area where she cannot reach anything from inside through the bars.
You also need to make sure that the outside of your house is safe for your puppy. Make sure your fence is secure enough that your puppy cannot escape. Fences should be in good repair, tall enough to contain your puppy and low enough to now allow your puppy to escape underneath. You should be careful with fertilizers, cleaners, other yard chemicals as they are poisonous and could kill your new puppy if he ingests any. If it is winter you also need to be careful of salt for your sidewalk and driveway. Road salt is very dangerous for animals. There is now pet safe salt which can be purchased at your local pet store which would be a great investment for the health and well-being of your puppy. Always have your new puppy on a leash or inside a fenced in area when outside until they learn their boundaries. Puppies love to explore new things so it is very important to keep a close eye on your puppy when he is outside. Be sure to teach them to stay away from the road as thousands of pets are killed each year in car accidents.
Remember your puppy only knows what she has been taught and she is relying on you to keep her safe. Don't let her down. Remember these important rules and you and your new puppy will have a long and happy life together.