Pick A room

Bringing home a puppy is an exciting time for your whole family. However, if you’re not prepared, it can be a stressful transition for your pup. Luckily, there are several things you can do to make the process easier for everyone.

Start by picking a room in your house that will be the puppy’s temporary living space. This will be a place they can retreat to when they need to escape from loud noises or out of town visitors.

Prepare A Crate

Puppies need a comfortable bed in their crate. You can get dog bedding or make a soft, cozy den in the crate with blankets and a plush toy. Just don’t force your pup into her crate or leave her in it for too long. Dogs that spend most of their time in crates don’t get enough exercise or human interaction and can become depressed and anxious.

Clean The House

When your family has a new puppy, messes are inevitable. From surprise grass stains on the carpet to scooping up poop, make sure your clean-up kit is ready. Keep some natural cleaning products around the house like vinegar and baking soda to disinfect surfaces and absorb odors.

Also, invest in pet supplies such as food bowls, leashes, toys and a collar. You’ll want to get a dog bed that is easy to wash, too.

Start Training

Puppies are curious creatures and will explore every nook and cranny in your home. Make sure that they don’t get into trouble by puppy-proofing your house. This means making sure that small objects they might swallow or chew are tucked away, cords are out of reach and that poisonous plants are moved or stored.