Getting a puppy is an exciting experience, especially if you’re a first-time pet owner. Bringing your puppy home is similar to bringing a new baby home. There are a number of things you’ll need to do to prepare your home for your new family member. Below are a few tips to help you prepare your home in Louisville for your new companion.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Just like when bringing a new baby home from the hospital, you must make sure your house is pet-friendly and a safe environment for your new puppy. Any potentially dangerous items should be out of reach, especially things that may be hazardous and toxic for your puppy, such as chocolate, prescription medications, and certain plants.

Plan a Welcoming Environment

Your puppy requires food and water bowls as well as training pads, leash, collar, a comfortable bed, toys, and treats. All of these items will help your pet feel relax and at home. You’ll also need to give your furry animal some space, so he or she can adjust to his or her new surroundings. Try to avoid exposing your pet to loud noises and a lot of new people all at once. Introduce your four-legged friend to only one or two people at a time so that your pet can learn socialization skills.

Remember to Take Your Puppy to See a Veterinarian

One of the most important steps of taking care of a puppy is to find a trusted veterinarian near you. Having a veterinarian that you can trust and depend on will help long-term when your new pet is sick, injured, or needs a health evaluation. Once you find a veterinarian, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to get your puppy vaccinated, spayed or neutered, or microchipped.

Rely On Doggy Dude Ranch in Ames, IA

At Doggy Dude Ranch, our dog and puppy breeder provides every new puppy with puppy nutrition and puppy vaccinations that helps them live healthy and happy for as long as possible. To schedule an appointment for your new puppy, contact us today at (515) 446-7882.

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