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Tips for Bringing a New Dog Home for the First Time

Updated: May 21

Updated to add to dog proofing yard

Dog being silly and playing under a frilly beige blanket

Prepare Your Home to Bring in a New Dog:

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 dog 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 essential tips for bringing a new dog home for the first time.

Preparing Your Home to Bring in a New Dog

Cute tan color dog looking intently at the camera with puppy dog eyes

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:

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

Two Pitbulls sleeping contently next to each other in a large dog bed

Designating an area of your home as a puppy's safe space is important for their comfort and security. It should be large enough to provide them with enough room to move freely. Avoiding too much foot traffic or other commotion is key, and it should be in a quiet location. Include toys and chew bones for them to enjoy. Having this designated safe space helps boost confidence in puppies, makes them feel at ease, and is a great way to show your love. Give them a comforting spot where they can retreat, relax, and enjoy!

Dog-Proof Your Yard

If you have a yard, make sure it's completely secure before bringing your dog 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 for Bringing a New Dog Home

Man in a pet store shopping for dog toys

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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Introduce Your Dog to Their New Home Gradually

Couple on the couch relaxing with their pets after bringing a new dog home

Once you bring your new dog 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.


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