Give them their own space - Ferdy has taken up residence in our laundry. Set up with bed, food, water and newspaper he’s happy to spend the day there while we are at work. Once he gets older and stops putting everything he finds in the garden in his mouth, we’ll install a doggy door to the backyard. But for now he knows that's his room and that is where he should go for toilet breaks, meals and sleep.
Stock up on cleaning products & equipment - It is shocking how many cleaning products we have been through in the past 4 weeks. Puppies bladder control doesn’t fully develop until they are about a year old so accidents will happen. We’ve been using Murchison-Hume products as well as a general carpet sanitiser from the supermarket so far with great success. Paper towel and a good quality mop are also on the top of our list.
Chew Toys - Little puppies have itchy teeth and if you don’t give them something to chew on then they’ll find something [like our antique dining chairs- sigh]. We found some locally dried pigs ears which have been wildly popular as well as rubber toys and a chew ball.
Bedding - We currently have 2 beds on rotation so Ferdinand always has a clean bed after any accidents. Before we brought him home we thought it would be nice for him to have a bed in the living room with us but now there is always one in the wash. He has also made himself at home on our couch.
Remove any potential hazards - Electrical cables were the biggest concern in our house and turned out to be very tempting for a small mouth. We also check through our garden to ensure there were no plants that were dangerous to dogs and plugged up any holes in the fence.
Those are just our tips and wont suit everyone. What are your tips for preparing your home for a puppy?
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