How To Prepare For a New Baby Dog
How to prepare for a new baby dog
Have you got everything in place for your baby dog? Prepare everything in time for bringing your new dog home. Experiencing a new home is daunting for a tiny dog, as he is leaving his mum, siblings and the home he was born in. Therefore the transition should be as smooth as possible, in order to help your dog settle into his new home. When you have a new dog, you need to see your home through completely fresh eyes, as there are so many potential dangers, which might not affect humans, but could seriously injure tiny dogs. Follow our tips on how to ensure your home is not only dog-friendly but also dog-safe.
A dark hole can prove very appealing to a curious dog who could climb up and get stuck. Buy a fireguard, and, when not in use, block your chimney.
Flowers and plants
many plants are toxic to cats, including lilies, azalea, cyclamen, and chrysanthemums, so keep these out of your house.
Kitchen Hot hobs
Keep your dog off worktops for safety as well as hygiene reasons. A hot cooker can cause nasty burns.
Bleach, disinfectant, laundry liquids and powders are toxic to both humans and cats, so store in a cupboard fitted with a child lock. Mop up spills immediately.
A mischievous dog may knock your cup over and risk being scalded, so keep them safely out of reach. Curtains curious kittens are notorious for scurrying up curtains, so if you have floor-length curtains, you may want to consider swapping them for sill-length drapes or blinds (keeping the latter fastened up safely).
Living Room Wires
Cables for your TV, table lamps, or phone chargers may tempt an inquisitive dog as a game or something to chew. Tidy them away, fit cable tidies or block the dog's access.
Preparing for your dog's arrival
You can start preparing your dog for his journey home by swapping your scent to give him a comforting smell of his new home. In the days leading up to him coming home with you, leave a blanket or a worn item of clothing, such a t-shirt or jumper, in his bed, and bring a blanket he already has back with you to place in his bed. Before bringing your dog home, you will need to set his room up. It's best to choose a room where your new dog can be kept for the first few weeks, to adjust gradually to his new surroundings. This confinement also aids toilet training and avoids the risk of 'accidents' elsewhere in your house. Your dog's room should ideally be a quiet, spare room in the house, and, as he'll spend most of his time in this room, make sure it is not only safe and secure but has everything he needs in the right place too. Provide your dog with places to hide, such as a cardboard box, or space under a bed that he can retreat to if he feels nervous or tired. Place his bed somewhere quiet, with his familiar-scented blanket inside, and put his scratching post in another area of the room in full view. It's important to get your dog used to being groomed, especially if he is particularly fluffy or has a thick coat. Even if he only has a short coat, he will need grooming, so it's an important routine to get established. Ask your breeder about your dog's coat and for advice on the appropriate tools to buy. Generally, it is worth investing in a good quality brush for a daily grooming, and a comb to get any mats before they start.
Food and water bowls
Have low-profile bowls so your little dog can reach his food with ease. Look for bowls with rubber grips on the base to stop them sliding on polished floors.
This can be a godsend when you go out or during the night so you can be sure that your dog is not getting into mischief or coming to any harm.
Essential for trips to the vet or cattery, and of course for bringing your dog home. Make sure you choose one that's secure and easy to get the dog in and out of and large enough for him as he grows.
The first few hours with your dog
When you arrive home, take your dog upstairs into his room, place the dog basket on the floor gently, and open the lid, allowing the dog to explore his new area. Don't be surprised if he takes a while to come out of the carrier, as he may be nervous initially, so allow him to do so in his own time. Once your dog has had a look around, show him where his litter tray, bowls and bed are, and sit in the room with him for a while, talking softly and quietly. Once your dog seems comfortable, you can leave the room for an hour or so to let him explore in peace. Check back in with him periodically throughout the day, and if he seems happy and inquisitive, try playing with him with a fishing rod toy or a catnip mouse. If he hides away, just sit quietly in the room and let him do things at his own pace. Following these steps, and continuing to interact with your dog in a positive way, should help him grow into a happy, inquisitive and confident dog.