Prepping For a New Puppy
Roughly a year and a half ago, I brought home the first puppy of my own--Lucy. This was an amazing and nerve-wrecking experience. It's key bonding time, but also a high stress time as you carefully monitor and help your puppy get used to life. This post is for any of you out there prepping your home for the arrival of your first puppy.
When your puppy first comes home, they will need a lot of your time and attention. In an ideal world, bosses would allow "pawternity" leave for a new puppy. In a real world, you'll just have to try to maximize your work schedule to get as much time as possible in the first week with your pup.
Here are some things that will make your and their lives easier.
Pee pads: When you're bringing home a tiny little puppy, they're going to have a tiny little bladder. These are so helpful for those times you have to leave your puppy alone for a longer period of time, so they have a safe space to go to the bathroom indoors.
Odor neutralizer: There will be accidents, and you'll need to clean them up. You'll need something a bit more than your household cleaner and paper towels at times like this. My favorite odor eliminator is Nature's Miracle. It takes away the bad odor, and leaves a nice new one.
Bitter apple: Sometimes a teething puppy just thinks it'll be great to chew through their harness or their leash (happened to me too many times). If you spray bitter apple, it'll make the object it taste bad so the puppy will stop biting (although some puppers don't care).
Leash & Harness/Collar: Needed for walks, so you can guide your dog. It'll also be helpful to attach a tag with your contact info on the collar/harness in case your pup ever gets lost.
Bed: So your puppy can have a comfy place to sleep, as they do most of the day while they're growing.
Toys: To entertain your pup when they do wake up from naps.
Food: A growing pup needs good nutrients. Ask your Vet or trusted pet store advice about what you should be feeding your puppy. This can vary based on breed and size.
Bowls: For meals.
Crate: For night time sleeping, and alone time.
I hope this is helpful, and you enjoy the early days with your pup 🐶💕