| Michaela Fisher

Puppy Prep

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means! Green grass, warmer weather, animals being born, and you guessed it, puppies! Who doesn’t love puppies, with their adorable fluffy appearance and silly spunky demeanor? But puppies can be a lot of work too. So before you considering buying or adopting a little one this spring, take a look at some puppy prepping tips!

  1. Carve out time

-Any pet is a responsibility, but puppies require far more time than even an adult dog. Before you look into getting a puppy, ask yourself if you have the time in your schedule to support a canine pooch growing up. Generally speaking, caring for a puppy takes a minimum of three hours, spread throughout the day and night. Not only do you need to spend time feeding them, but they also often need more play than older dogs. Prior to adopting a delightful puppy, make sure you block off time in your schedule!

  1. Do your research

-In the world of dogs there is always more to know! Read up on the breed of puppy you’re looking at, and read up on some training. Make sure you know how to teach your puppy basic commands such as “sit”, “stay”, and “come”. Start thinking about how you are going to house train them, and read tips on how others have done so.

  1. Get a crate

-Dogs are denning animals, and as such seek an enclosed place to sleep. Crates make for a great substitute for a dirty den, and will help make your puppy feel safe and have a space that is their own. Be sure to purchase a crate that is a good size for the puppy you have in mind, and then purchase some all natural Bedtime Bones to make sure they get a goodnight sleep (https://www.bedtime4dogs.com/collections/bones)!

  1. Puppy proofing

-In many ways puppies are both curious and helpless. Thus it is critical that you remove hazards prior to the puppy’s arrival to minimize the chance of an accident! Move any medication and jewelry you may have off of counters and into cabinets or drawers- put them somewhere where an inquisitive snout cannot find them. Anchor your trash can, or put it under the sink to ensure the puppy can’t knock it over. Additionally be wary of what electrical cords you have around, as puppies could chew on them (for more tips read this article: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2106&aid=3283).