Getting Your Home Ready For Puppy
Just like with a baby, a new puppy requires a lot of attention, teaching, and you have to prepare your house for the new arrival too. This article discusses on ways of getting your home ready for a puppy.
Puppies will make mistakes and have accidents, they simply don't know any better. However, it will be your job to set them straight, and train them. Having the right tools in your house can can help with your training and in making it puppy proof.
To start, it's best to keep your puppy confined when you can't be home or when you can't give them your full attention. Not necessarily in a cage, but don't allow your puppy to run around the entire house, choose just one room as a puppy playroom. The best rooms to confine your puppy to are ones with easy to clean floor such as a kitchen or bathroom. You may also want to choose a room close to outdoor access for quickly talking them outside when trying to housebreak them. You don't have to keep the door closed on this room, you can use a baby gate, so your puppy can still see and hear things and not feel completely lonely and cut off from the family.
Keeping a puppy confined keeps them out of trouble and teaches them to deal with being alone. Some dogs develop separation anxiety when their owners leave which can result in a lot of destructive. Confinement as a puppy will ensure your dog doesn't develop separation anxiety it also teaches it to be calm, and entertain itself. In the puppy playroom should be a bed, bowl of water, lots of toys, and puppy pads or newspaper, which can be used for the puppy's business.
You don't want your puppy to always go to the bathroom inside so when you're home you need to take it outside and if it has accidents when not confined immediately take it outside so it understands it's business should be done outside. The indoor bathroom spot is to contain messes to one area, but should just be used for emergencies.
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