Many people consider buying themselves or their loved ones a puppy for Christmas but as the saying goes “a puppy is not just for Christmas, it’s for life”. This refers to all the hard work, dedication and maintenance that is required in order to look after a puppy properly, especially if you already have animals in the household.
Here a few tips to welcome your new puppy into the house hold…
Check you have a healthy puppy
Before you do anything, take your new puppy to the vets and give him a full examination, get his vaccinations done, get him de-wormed and treated for fleas and skin conditions, so he doesn’t bring anything home.
Doggy Proof your house
One the first things you should do when puppy proofing your house is to remove all wires and electrical cords which your puppy might run into. Also make sure that there are no precious or expensive breakable objects in sight – your puppy may get nervous or excitable in the heat of the moment.
When they first arrive give them their own personal space, give them food water, toys and easy access to a toilet.
The key to success here is introducing your puppy to your new home little by little. Allow your puppy and your other pets to get acquainted naturally, this might entail sniffing a little bit of growling, as long as you supervise them until they get used to each other, not much can go wrong!
Spend plenty of time with all your pets individually, to remind them that you are still there for them. With plenty of love and attention, they’ll be part of the family in no time.
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