Is it your first time becoming a pet owner? For sure, you’re very excited to bring in your furbaby and introduce them to the rest of the family. Along with the excitement, however, are some serious safety considerations you should factor in before bringing the new dog home.
Here are some tips to help you better prepare for their arrival in your home.
Stock Up on Food Supply
Some dogs have very specific dietary needs. You may not immediately know this, though, and would take some time to familiarize yourself with the do’s and don’ts when it comes to preparing their food. However, you can get started by stocking up on a variety of options.
Try not to get overboard, though, because the point is for you to be prepared, not overwhelmed. Getting variety is good so that you can test which flavors they like best. There are dogs that are terribly picky, which could lead to serious health issues such as malnutrition.
Make Your Space Dog-Friendly
Dogs are active and playful, and they will explore the space they are in for as much as they can. Sometimes, though, it’s not safe for them. If you have a pool, for example, you might want to consider adding a baby gate around it, especially during winter, so they don’t fall in.
Secure the locks to the trash bins and lower cabinets, so they don’t get access to trash and other hazardous materials. If you must, move the location of your household cleaners to a place where they won’t be able to reach it.
Also, as a pet owner, you should now take the time to inform and educate yourself on the things that are potentially dangerous for dogs.
For example, did you know that grapes, raisins, and chocolates–or any cacao products for that matter–can be lethal to them? Yes, these are very toxic and dangerous foods for dogs, but unfortunately also very yummy. Should you have any of these items at home, again make sure that they do not fall within reach. Especially don’t leave food lying around; you know how good they are at finding snacks and treats.
Prepare their Own Space
Dogs can be clingy and sometimes end up sleeping on their owners’ beds. However, it’s just as important for them to have their own space that they can enjoy and safely retreat into. If you don’t want to put them in a cage, then maybe getting custom dog kennels can work instead.
Not only can you make it suitable in design to the rest of your space’s interior, but more importantly, you can look forward to your dog enjoying their very own space. These are but some of the more basic tips you can use before bringing a dog home. Of course, you should make sure they are fully vaccinated, for their sake and for your and your family’s safety.
Find even more tips for owning a pet in our archives.
Meg is an author at Cinnamon Hollow. She writes on a variety of topics sharing tips and ideas for daily life.