Preparing for a new puppy should be an exciting time, and a time to make sure your new family member feels comfortable. Although there are a number of things that should be done before the arrival of your new puppy, the task does not have to be daunting!
Note that even though we are talking about puppies here, much of the information contained within applies to middle-age or even senior dogs.
Why is it important to prepare for a new puppy?
A little bit of preparation goes a long way in making the day of the big event go smoothly. This is a day that should be special for all parties involved. Below I have included several reasons to prepare.
1. Preparation helps relieve stress of the people involved
I remember a Thanksgiving Day some years back that had not had a lot of preparation and thought put into the meal. We still laugh about it today. It was like we were going to the store for each part of the dinner as we thought about it. We must have made 5 trips to the store that morning. At the end of it all, we had a good dinner. Everyone had what they liked, and there was plenty enough for all. But, the day may have been more enjoyable and less stressful if we had made a plan! We would surely have had more time to watch parades and football!
It shouldn’t be like this with your new puppy. Everyone involved should be at ease and calm, not stressed. The introduction of the new family member to your home should be a happy experience, not a hectic one. By being prepared for your new puppy it can be!
2. Preparing for your new puppy gives you the chance to save money!
If you begin your preparations in advance, you have a chance to shop for sales on pet supplies to get the best deals on your purchases. There will also be time to look at online reviews to make sure you are getting quality items that have been well reviewed. You may also have a better opportunity to decide what is really needed immediately such as food, or leashes and collars. There is also time to see what you may already have on hand, like food bowls or bedding, thus avoiding some purchases altogether.
I put a little money into an “electronic envelope” every month to cover my dog’s medical visits, medicine, vitamins and supplements, chew toys, and other miscellaneous pet supplies. Since you may be able to save a little money with proper planning, you could possibly start a fund for upcoming pet expenses!
3. Preparation will make the new puppy more comfortable too!
Dogs are amazing at picking up on your body language. Although your new puppy may not have had time to learn your mannerisms yet, they are very good at picking up on our moods. If we are exhibiting negative thoughts and emotions, they may be able to sense it. Your new pup is probably anxious enough without adding these additional emotions to the mix.
At the same time, we can sometimes read how they are feeling by watching their tails. Let’s hope that their tails are relaxed and wagging to the right!
4. Good preparation is safer for the pup!
Puppies love to root around to see what can find, especially if they are in a new place. There are so many smells to investigate! You need to make sure that the pup doesn’t find anything that is dangerous! There are so many things that could cause problems for your new friend. There may be small items on the floor that could pose a choking hazard, there may be poisons left out for pests. Even certain kinds of plants can be bad for your dogs if eaten.
Taking the time to prepare all the areas of your house for your new puppy, including under furniture like beds and dressers, could help avoid a disastrous day!
5. A little preparation makes it safer for your valuables!
There are probably several things that you might want to look at moving to higher ground before the big day. You may also consider keeping them there at least until the chewing stage is over! From my own personal experience shoes seem to be a favorite chew toy. I have lost several pair of shoes over the years, some of them I was very close to!
Books seem to be another favorite target of puppies. I am not sure if it’s like this with everyone, but the old, coveted ones seem to be preferred. I would assume they have had more time for smells to build up. The corners of furniture and baseboards can also take a beating. You may want to limit the new pup’s access to certain spaces where it’s easier to keep an eye on things for a while.
6. Improves the chances to be prepared for emergencies
We hope that our puppies come to us with no issues and stay that way for the foreseeable future! And, most of the time this is the case! But, if your puppy did have an injury, or possibly gets sick in the first few days of its new life with you, would you know who to call? Which animal care facilities are close to your place of residence? Have you had a chance to check out the reviews for that facility? You may even want to put a call into them to find out any information you may need.
The better prepared you are to handle issues such as this, the more likely there is to be a good outcome!
Most of all, look forward to your puppy’s arrival!
We have touched upon a number of reasons as to why you will want to spend time preparing. Basically it comes down to this: you want to make sure the arrival day goes as smooth as it can, so that it is a day you will remember for years to come! Spending a little bit of time before this day will really help with that!
Lastly, you will want to prepare a big space in your heart. It won’t take much time before your new family member completely fills it!