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Bringing Home a New Puppy: What to Expect

Puppies are some of the cutest animals on the planet, and having one is a great joy. A puppy will become your best friend, your playmate, and your ever-present cuddle buddy. Their cute antics will entertain you for hours, and they will keep you company as you watch your favorite show. As they grow older, they will get even closer to you and protect you.


However, just like becoming a parent to a child, owning a puppy comes with its fair share of responsibilities. As you plan on bringing home your new puppy, get ready to do a lot of training. Also, you need to learn a lot about your new family member, as well as how to puppy-proof the house. Here are some of the things you can expect: 


Expect to Lose Some Things


If you are one of those who leave important things on the floor, be ready to start losing them. Puppies love to play with children’s toys, potted plants, shoes, and anything else they can find on the floor. You can avoid this by packing up anything the pup can chew on and storing it. Furthermore, you need to remove anything that can be a choking hazard.


Expect to Repair Broken Items


If you have beautiful decorations on your table or low-lying shelves, get ready to repair them after a few days. If you want to prevent this, you need to clean off any low shelves or tables in the house. If you sit at your dog’s eye view and find breakable items within its reach, just move them. Moving things to higher ground is a good start.


Expect Damaged Electric Cords and Furniture Legs


When puppies are teething, they often chew on anything they can get on their path. Some often chew on electric cords and furniture legs. To prevent this, dog owners often wrap cords and furniture legs with plastic sheets. These protective measures also protect dogs from electric shocks and other damage that can befall them.


What You Should Do


As you prepare for your pup’s arrival, you will need to do some things to make it easy for everyone involved.


  • Take time off - Take a day or two off work so you can spend some time with the new family member. This will make it easy for you to begin training the pup as soon as he or she arrives

  • Show your pet where to go potty - Your pup might need to urinate immediately, so you can show them where to go as soon as they arrive. Training here might take a while, so you should be patient and clean up as soon as the accident happens

  • Add barriers and puppy-proof the house - Since it is difficult to watch the puppy all day every day, you can enclose them in an area. You can use baby gates and then puppy-proof the gate and everything inside

  • Remove all potentially poisonous items - Puppies can easily ingest any cleaners, fertilizers, or chemicals that can poison them. You should store anything that can pose a health risk in a lockable cabinet. Remember that coffee and chocolate are very harmful to puppies


For more information on bringing home a new puppy, call Eastern Animal Hospital at our office in Baltimore, Maryland at 410-633-8808 today.

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