Bringing a New Dog Home for the First Time

Updated: Sep 26

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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

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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

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Choose an area of your home that will be designated as your puppy's safe space. This is where they can go to relax and feel comfortable and secure. Their safe space should be large enough for them to move around freely, and it should be in a quiet location away from too much foot traffic or other commotion. There should also be a few toys and chew bones available for them to enjoy.

Dog-Proof Your Yard

If you have a yard, make sure it's completely secure before bringing your puppy home. Check the fence to make sure there are no gaps or holes they could squeeze through and remove any potential hazards like poisonous plants, chemicals, and sharp objects.

Get the Right Supplies

Before your pup comes home, you'll need to make sure you have all the supplies you'll need. With the right gear, you'll be ready to welcome your new dog into the family. Here is a short list to get you started.

  • Food and water bowls: Choose bowls that are durable and easy to clean. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are good options.

  • Leashes and collars: A comfortable collar is important for walks and hikes. Make sure to get a leash that is the right size for your dog.

  • Toys: Dogs need mental stimulation as well as physical activity. Choose a variety of toys, including chew toys, fetch toys, and puzzle toys.

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  • Dog bed: A cozy bed is a must for any dog. Consider your dog's size and sleeping habits when choosing a bed.

  • Grooming supplies: Regular brushing and bathing will help keep your dog's coat healthy and clean. Choose a brush that is comfortable for you and your dog, and look for gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo.

  • Food and treats: Talk to your veterinarian about the best food and treat options for your new dog. They can help you find a food that meets your pet's nutritional needs.

  • Training supplies: If you're planning on doing some training with your new dog, make sure to get the proper supplies. Treats, a clicker, and a target stick are all great tools for training.

  • Dog clothes: If you live in a climate with cold winters or hot summers, dog clothes can be a necessity. Choose clothing that is comfortable for your dog and easy to put on and take off. Check out our Fetch the Sun collections of some of the most stylish dog clothing around; we even have matching dog and owner clothes so you can match with your new pup!

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  • Carrier: A carrier is essential for trips to the vet or groomer, and it can also be useful for traveling. Choose a carrier that is the right size for your dog and has plenty of ventilation.

Introduce Your Dog to Their New Home Gradually

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Once you bring your puppy home, take things slow at first. Let them explore their new safe space and get comfortable with their surroundings before introducing them to the rest of the house. And when they're ready to venture outdoors, start with short walks around the block before taking them on longer walks.

With a little preparation, you can create a safe and welcoming environment for your new furry friend. And before you know it, they'll be a happy and integral part of your family.