Getting a new puppy means a new member of the family. This is exciting, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. There's a lot of preparation that goes into getting kids ready for the new puppy to ensure it's comfortable and happy.
Find a Veterinarian
The first thing to prepare your home to open its door is to find a vet. Visit local veterinarians to get a feel for them. Make sure they're modern and clean. You can ask questions about house calls and pet insurance. A vet will be your puppy's best friend when you need them. You want to feel a connection with your vet and know they'll take the best care of your puppy.
Dog proofing your home is a bit like baby proofing. Puppies love to dig and chew. Put all of the medications and chemicals on high shelves. Place trash cans behind closed doors. It's important to secure loose wires and move hanging cords. Remember that whatever is left on the floor might get chewed up. This means it's best to put away toys, shoes and clothing left on the floor. Install baby gates if you have stairs so the dog won't go into restricted areas.
Talk About Training
The entire family needs to pitch in to train a puppy. You need the time and energy to be able to train it properly. Talk to the family about taking the time to play and walk the dog so it'll learn how to play and how to walk on a leash. They don't need to be left alone for extended periods of time. This is when the digging and chewing usually happens because they're bored. Make sure the children understand a puppy is fun, but needs to be trained in order to be obedient.
Go For Routine
Just like babies love routine, puppies need a routine. Talk to all of the family members about their responsibilities. They can decide who at what time will be walking, feeding, playing and bathing the pup. Someone will even need to pick up their poop. You can write these things out on chore charts if needed.
When your children see puppies for sale, they may scream in excitement. Before you dive in headfirst without thinking, have a conversation with them about the responsibility of a puppy. Once you prepare the home and family, you're ready to welcome your new puppy into its forever family.