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Bringing a New Dog Home for the First Time

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

A dog playing under a blanket and looking cute

There's no denying that getting a new dog is a lot of work. But it's also an incredibly joyful experience! From the moment you bring your new furry friend home, they become a part of your family. And watching them grow and learn is one of the greatest joys in life.

Sure, there are plenty of challenges that come along with dog ownership. But the rewards far outweigh the challenges. Having a dog brings so much happiness into our lives. They make us laugh, they comfort us when we're sad, and they're always there for us, no matter what.

For anyone considering adding a furry friend to their family, we say go for it! The joys of dog ownership are truly priceless. However, just like with a new baby, you’ll want to ensure that your house is welcoming to the new pup as well as set up so there are no dangers to a new dog. In this installment of our dog lover blog, we'll go over a few essentials.

Preparing Your Home for a New Dog

A cute pup looking lovingly into the camera

There are a few key reasons why preparing your home before bringing a new dog home is important. First, it helps to reduce stress for both you and your new pet. Having everything in its place will make the transition smoother for everyone involved.

Additionally, preparing your home ahead of time eliminates the possibility of dealing with destructive behaviors from your new dog out of boredom or frustration. And, having a well-organized space can help you keep track of your new pet's belongings and ensure that they have everything they need. By taking the time to prepare your home before bringing a new dog home, you'll set yourself up for success in the long run.

4 essential steps to get your home ready for a new dog:

  1. Dog-Proof Your Home

  2. Create a Safe Space

  3. Dog-Proof Your Yard

  4. Get the Right Supplies

Dog-Proof Your Home

Just like with a young child, you'll need to dog-proof your home to make sure they can't get into any trouble. Look around your house and remove anything that could be harmful or dangerous to a puppy, including small objects they could choke on, toxic plants, chemicals or medications, and anything else you wouldn't want them to get their mouths on.

Create a Safe Space