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The Ins and Outs of Bringing a Puppy Into Your Home

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The Ins and Outs of Bringing a Puppy Into Your Home

Written by Indiana Lee

Adopting a puppy is one of the most exciting things to do, whether you want a family dog to grow with your kids, or a canine companion if you live alone. Puppies are instant serotonin, providing happiness, unconditional love, and pure energy wrapped in a fluffy, furry frame. 

There are plenty of joys that come with bringing a puppy home. Their cuteness alone is worth it! 

However, there can also be a lot of stress. Puppies are just babies, and it takes some time, effort, and energy to get them trained while keeping them safe. While about 2 million dogs are adopted each year, it’s not a choice to take lightly. 

Whether you’ve already decided to adopt a little four-legged friend or you’re still considering it, let’s cover some of the ins and outs of bringing a puppy home. You need to know what to expect, how to handle the extra stress, and how to ensure your pup’s safety as they get acclimated to their forever home. 

Preparing Your Home

Before you bring your new puppy home, one of the most important things to do is make sure your home is canine-ready. Puppies are cute, but they’re often chewers. They’re also innately curious and won’t hesitate to get into things they shouldn’t. On top of that, they’re not going to be potty trained right away. 

While cleaning up after some of these messes will be the norm for a while, there are things you can do to take some of the stress away, including puppy-proofing your space. Some of the best tips to keep in mind include:

  • Covering exposed electrical outlets and hiding cords
  • Moving valuables to higher locations
  • Putting lids on trash cans
  • Securing cleaning supplies
  • Moving any houseplants that could be toxic

A good rule of thumb is to go to each room in your home and try to look at it from a puppy’s perspective. What could they get into that could be dangerous? For example, in the bathroom, are there medications out that they could open? Can they get into the detergent in the laundry room? Is there a charger cable sitting on your bedroom floor they could chew through? 

Going through each room will keep your puppy safer and will also make it less likely for your home and/or belongings to get destroyed. It might seem like a lot of work now, but it will be a less stressful experience later!

Keeping Your Puppy Healthy

Puppies require a lot of attention. In addition to being curious about things they probably shouldn’t get into, they are also more susceptible to certain diseases, including :

  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Kennel Cough
  • Adenovirus

You can make sure your puppy stays happy and healthy through its first year by making sure they regularly see a veterinarian, exercising them every day, and monitoring their nutrition. Your pup’s vet will be able to give you more insight into their individual needs for growth. However, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to go with commercial dog food or make your own

It’s also important to make sure your little furry friend develops good sleep habits from a young age. Like human babies, puppies require a lot of sleep. However, they also have a lot of energy! If your puppy isn’t worn out by the end of the day, they might not want to sleep at night, which can throw off everyone’s sleep cycles and create more stress. 

To instill better sleep habits in your pup, make sure they’re tired by the end of the day! Give them a lot of exercise, especially at night. Limit water intake before bed, too, so they won’t have to get up and “go” so often during the night. As the old saying goes, “a tired dog is a good dog.” 

Making It Work for Everyone

If you live alone, bringing a puppy into your home is a fantastic way to keep from feeling so isolated. However, if you live with roommates, family members, or even have other pets at home, it’s essential to make sure your new puppy’s presence works for everyone. 

Start by making sure you have the right supplies on hand, so you don’t end up putting that responsibility on others. Some of the most basic supplies needed for a puppy include:

  • Food and water dishes
  • Toys
  • A collar
  • A leash
  • Outdoor “poop” bags

You might also want to consider having your puppy set up in a designated space in the home. Dogs are den animals and don’t usually mind spending time in a crate or kennel. As they get used to your home, keeping them crated or confined to one room will give everyone time to adapt to the new situation. 

Because it’s not uncommon for puppies to have accidents, you might have to deal with some unpleasant smells for a while. No amount of cuteness is going to cover that up. You can ensure you and your roommates or family members continue to breathe easily by knowing how to safely remove pet odor from your home. Take care of surface odors as quickly as possible, and wash things like blankets, bedding, and anything else your puppy comes in contact with regularly. 

Having a puppy is so much fun, but it’s also an incredible responsibility. Keep these tips in mind to create a more positive experience as you bring a puppy home, and you’ll be able to start your life together on the right foot/paw.

About the writer: Indiana Lee is a freelance writer and journalist with a wealth of experience in blogging, content marketing, and journalism.

The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World

To say that we’re living in stressful times would be an understatement. Being stuck indoors without knowing when things will go back to normal have prompted many people to resort to coping mechanisms, and at this time, there’s a spike in interest in fostering pets.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there’s been a nearly 70 percent increase in animals going into foster care in Los Angeles and New York City, compared to the same time period last year. What’s more, more than 600 people in NYC and LA have filed foster applications online, accounting for a 200 percent increase compared to traditional application numbers during this period.

If you, too, are considering taking a pet home, the first thing you have to do is find the breed that best fits your personality and activity level. As previously reiterated by writer Lucy Reed, you must first do a thorough assessment of your home and your level of obligation, as well as understand the responsibilities of being a dog parent. Once you’ve oriented yourself on everything you need to know, you can begin to look into the breeds that are the best fit for you.

To help you with your search, here are the most popular dog breeds in the world, along with what makes them unique:

Rottweiler

Starting off with the most popular, Rottweilers seem to be the world’s most famous canine, with the breed being the most searched for in 65 out of the 161 places included in a study by Finder. While they’re often seen as protective guardians, Rottweilers also have a soft side and can be loving and loyal companions to their owners. They have hearts as big as their bodies, and they’re incredibly intelligent. If you’re looking for a guard dog, affectionate dog, and playful dog all in one, consider fostering a Rottweiler.

Labrador Retriever

In the United States and many more countries, the Labrador Retriever remains the most popular. Dogtime notes that they first earned their keep as fisherman’s helpers, but over time, people all over the world grew to love them due to their good-natured personality and hardworking attitude. They’re smart dogs, making them easy to train, and they also adore socializing and playing games. And while they’re notorious for shedding, they’re still fairly easy to groom.

Chihuahua

Know Bruiser from Legally Blonde? His breed just so happens to be among the most popular dog breeds in countries like the Philippines, Austria, Belgium, and Spain. Not just a favorite of socialities, the Chihuahua is preferred by many because of its small size, big personality, and ability to hold its own in competitions of obedience and ability. Chihuahuas are also known to adapt well to apartment living, making them popular for newbie dog owners. They’re sweet and affectionate, and they’re easy to groom, too.

Pug

Another dog that is deemed fashionable is the pug, a breed that is extremely popular in 17 countries, such as Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, and New Zealand. Their adorable squashed faces and playful nature alone are enough to make you want to adopt them. Better Homes and Gardens notes that pugs make for an ideal apartment or house dog because they require minimal exercise. They also need minimal maintenance, so you don’t have to worry too much about grooming. Pugs thrive in social settings and love being around people and other pets. And while they have lots of energy as puppies, they also tend to be stubborn at times, so it’s best to train them early.

Maltese

The Maltese breed is loved by people all over the globe, especially folks from Italy, South Korea, Poland, and of course, Malta. They’re famous for their compact size—even when they grow up, their small bodies make it seem like they’re still puppies. Even if this is the case, they’re small but terrible. The American Kennel Club highlights how they make for perfect alert watchdogs, as they’re typically fearless. Despite their long, straight hair, they don’t shed as much. They’re also known to be little athletes and can easily crush it on agility courses.

Content written by Jaida Bane for blog.eusoh.com