There’s no denying that dogs can make a great addition to the home, but if you’re preparing to welcome a new pooch, you’ll need to make sure you’re ready. Our four-legged friends need a whole host of supplies, and you might have to make some changes to your property to ensure it’s safe for the impending arrival.
To help you, here are five things you should do before you collect your canine.
1. Make sure you have suitable food
It’s important to have a stash of nutritious food ready and waiting for your new pet. With no shortage of high-quality yet cheap pet products available online, you won’t be stuck for options. From wet food, to dry food, to treats and snacks, there are plenty of products to choose from.
To help your dog settle in and make them feel secure, it’s best to start them off with a bowl of the food they’re already used to eating. After this, it’s up to you what you feed them – but it’s important that it contains the right mix of nutrients for their size and age. If you’re not sure about this, you can ask your vet for advice. Whichever product you go for, begin by mixing it with the old food for around week or so to get your dog’s digestive system used to the change.
Of course, you’ll need food and water bowls too. Stainless steel or heavy-bottomed ceramic designs tend to be the strongest and easiest to clean.
2. Stock up on chews and toys
Dogs love to chew, especially when they’re teething. If you don’t want your shoes and furniture to be ruined, you’ll need to make sure there are plenty of chews and toys to keep yours occupied. Make sure they’re non-toxic, and steer clear of toys containing beads, beans or other choking hazards. Food puzzles are always a winning choice.
3. Get a grooming kit
Grooming your dog can be a great way to bond with it, and it’ll help you to keep its coat looking shiny and smart. As well combs and brushes, it’s worth buying some safe nail clippers and dog-friendly shampoo. To help keep your furry friend’s teeth and gums in good condition, invest in a special toothbrush and toothpaste too.
4. Find the right bed
All dogs need somewhere to stretch out, so make sure you have a comfy bed for them. It’s important to choose one that’s large enough so that they comfortably lie in all natural positions. Beds should be padded and easily washable, and it’s best to place them somewhere draught-free and warm. You might want one bed for a quiet part of the house and one for the room where your family spends the most time.
5. Consider fitting stair gates
If there are areas of your home that you’d like to keep out of bounds to your dog, think about fitting stair gates. This can help you to keep your pooch – and parts of your home – safe when you’re not around to supervise. Eventually when your pet’s fully trained and used to a routine, you might be able to remove these gates, but they can be a big help in the meantime.
By taking these steps to prepare for the arrival of your new four-legged family member, you should be able to ensure a smooth transition. You might also want to stock up on carpet cleaning supplies though for the inevitable accidents when your dog’s getting accustomed to its new home.