“Can we keep him?” We’ve all heard it (or said it) before. Somehow, we’ve been exposed to the cutest puppy who has ever lived. We went to an animal shelter or rescue. We saw a stray by the road. We met a new friend who happened to have a litter of ten puppies who needed homes. No matter how it happens, once you’re caught by the puppy forcefield, there’s no escape. The puppy will be yours. Learn from Stefani Fortney all you need to know about preparing for a puppy.
Bringing a new puppy home is often an impulsive decision. It’s important to remember that with your new, adorable puppy comes a slew of responsibilities. Here are a few things you should remember when you’re considering adopting a new puppy.
Preparing for a puppy:
1. Puppies poop
Your puppy will need to poop within 15 minutes after every meal. She will need to poop when she wakes up. If she’s been playing, she’ll need to poop. You will spend a lot of time and effort on potty training your puppy. Preparing for a puppy includes having a potty plan before you bring your new puppy home.
2. Puppies cry
Your new puppy will probably be noisy. They may be away from their littermates and mother for the first time. They will need to have a safe, comfortable crate to sleep in and stay in when they can’t be supervised—and it will take them some time to become comfortable being alone in their crate. Puppies communicate their displeasure vocally. Preparing for a puppy includes getting her some toys to stay in her crate, so she has something to keep her engaged and happy.
3. Puppies chew
When puppies teethe, they chew. They’ll chew almost anything they can fit into their little mouths. This includes (but isn’t limited to) shoes, table legs, couches, clothing, kids’ toys, walls, electrical cords, and expensive electronic devices. You will have to supervise your puppy to keep her from destroying everything you love. If your puppy happens to swallow something she can’t digest, you could end up paying for an expensive surgery to save her life. Before you bring her home, get appropriate chew toys for your pup, and pick up anything that she shouldn’t chew.
4. Puppies bite
Since they’re just babies, puppies don’t understand how much their sharp teeth can hurt us. They naturally bite when they play… and that can become a big problem if we don’t teach them how to play appropriately. “Bite inhibition” is something that must be taught. Through positive reinforcement and consistency, your new puppy will learn to play gently with humans and to turn to toys for rougher play.
Preparing for a new puppy is a big responsibility. If you are considering adopting a new puppy, consider signing up for a puppy training course, where you and your new family member can learn together.