New Puppy? How To Get Your House Prepared

The day you bring your puppy home is a day you and the whole family will remember for a long time. You can make this day full of joyful memories by doing a bit of preparation in advance that will make everything go smoothly for both the pup and for you! 

Puppies do well at the outset with a definite schedule, especially for potty training and feeding. So it’s more than just you who will be helping to care for the new dog, decide as a family who will be responsible for taking pup to his papers or outside and who will be feeding him and at what intervals. 

Also, now is the time to decide as a family what commands you will use consistently. Avoid puppy confusion by settling on one specific word in advance for the action you expect your pup to take. For example, if you want the pup to get off the bed and you say “Down” and your spouse wants pup to lie down and says “Down” and your teenager wants pup to sit and says “Down” then it’s easy to see how your dog could become easily mixed up. 

Purchase all of your food and supplies ahead of time so you have everything you need: 

Water and food bowls

Dog food (you may want to consult your veterinarian, breeder or shelter prior to purchase)

Dog bed



ID tag


Puppy pads or papers if doing indoor training

Door gates


Nail clippers

Spray odor neutralizer 

While your pup is still young, you will likely keep him confined to a smaller part of the house just so he won’t be as likely to get into trouble. This area will need to be throughly “puppy proofed” before your pup arrives. 

This involves making sure household chemicals such as bleach, drain cleaner and the like are put behind closed and locked doors or on out of reach shelves. Make sure any loose electric cords are put away or taped to baseboards. 

Remove anything that is breakable, take up any loose carpet or area rugs and remove plants. Then set up the pup’s crate with bedding and install puppy gates. 

 Take a good look around to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Getting down and taking a last long look around from your pup’s eye view is a good idea as well. 

Ok so now you’re ready! Go get your pup and get ready to enjoy years of love and enjoyment.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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