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Getting a New Puppy? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

If you plan on getting a new puppy, there are a lot of things you need to know to make sure your home is safe. If possible, you should consult with a veterinarian before getting a puppy, especially if you have other animals in your home. Otherwise, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible once you bring your puppy home. Here are the most important things to know about getting ready for a new puppy.

Puppy-Proofing Your Home

Even if your home is very clean, there are likely some areas that are not safe for a puppy. Puppies can be very destructive, and certain things in your home could be a health or safety hazard if they get into them. Walk through your home and look for hazards, such as:

  • Electrical cords
  • Medications, chemicals, and toxins
  • Food, especially chocolate, coffee, grapes, raisins, garlic, and sugar-free gum or anything containing xylitol
  • Household plants
  • Trash
  • String or rope
  • Cardboard, plastic, or rubber items your puppy could chew up
  • Clothing and shoes

You will need to plan on supervising your puppy at all times and putting him in a safe crate or playpen when you can’t watch him. You should also consider putting up puppy gates or baby gates to keep your puppy out of certain areas of the house.

Visiting the Veterinarian

Within a week of getting your new puppy, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian. Your puppy will need his first round of vaccinations and should also get a full check-up. You can also ask your veterinarian if it is time to spay or neuter your puppy, and about getting your puppy microchipped.

Socialization and Training

Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, you should make socialization and training a priority. Start taking your puppy to the dog park or on walks where he can meet other people and dogs. You can also sign up for a one-on-one or group obedience training class.

Make an appointment with your veterinarian for professional guidance and recommendations for caring for your new puppy.

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