A big decision that most families seem to make is to open up the love and warmth of their home to a family pet. Something that many families forget though, is that the home also has to become home to a dog. Something that makes them safe, comfortable and meets all their doggy needs! You’ll need to make a few changes, but there is no reason why you can’t make your home a home for your new dog.

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Before your new four-legged roommate moves in, you’ve got to do a few things. Firstly, be prepared to spend money on a bed and a few dog bowls. You can feed dogs off of plates, but this is a bit unhygienic and can be dangerous – ceramic chips can break off and harm the dog as it pushes the plate around in the futile quest for more food! Get some plastic bowls and replace them when they are scratched as germs live in the cuts. Get your dog a big crate or little bed depending on their size so that they can sleep in comfort. A small blanket is also a good idea so that your dog is warm. Put all of this stuff in a nice corner that can become your new dog’s little apartment!

Bringing a dog into a home can be a disaster for the unprepared – especially if you are away from home a lot. Separation anxiety means serious stress for your poor pooch – so be prepared to dogproof the home before your dog moves in.Training a dog goes hand-in hand with this. There are plenty of services to help you train your dog with ease, so get your pooch housetrained as soon as possible to limit potential destruction. Dogs will play to find comfort and to forget the fact that nobody is around as they are social creatures. This could mean that they tear apart couches, plunder trashcans, eat shoes and digest valuables. Simply put – limit the access for your dog when you aren’t around. Dogproof bins can be purchased and valuables can be locked away. This, hand in hand with training, will stop you walking home to find a guilty looking dog!

One thing that needs to be done immediately is to ensure that your new dog has absolutely zero access to harmful goods and toxic substances. Read up on the internet on the items that are both harmful and fatal to dogs to make sure you know what to keep away from them. It’s hard to limit your dog from roving around the home, but if you don’t – it could result in some quite tragic circumstances. Items that are harmful to dogs include some types of plants, chocolate, cocoa, cleaning goods and even avocados. You probably didn’t expect that last one, right?

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Bringing a dog into your home is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful if you aren’t prepared. Read up, educate yourself and buy the right products to ensure that your dog can call your home, its home.

 

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