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Are you thinking of adding a new puppy to your family? It's important to puppy proof the home, designating an area for your new puppy to adjust

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Are you thinking of adding a new puppy to your family? It's important to puppy proof the home, designating an area for your new puppy to adjust

[MUSIC PLAYING] If you're thinking of adding a puppy to your family, here are a few basic tips to help you prepare for his arrival. Before your new puppy arrives, it's important to puppy proof your home. Remove houseplants that are toxic to dogs and use child safety locks wherever you store cleaning supplies or food. Designate an area of your house where your puppy will stay for the first few weeks while he adjusts to his new home. This area should be set up and ready to go before you bring him home. It should be gated to keep your puppy safe when you're not with him. A crate actually helps a new puppy adjust to his surroundings, and it's perfect for potty training too, since dogs won't soil where they sleep. At bedtime, and when you're not at home, it's also his safe place. To help him get used to the crate, put an indestructible toy inside. This will help keep his mind occupied and satisfy his instinct to chew. Choose ceramic or stainless steel water and food bowls and initially continue to feed your puppy the food he has been eating so he doesn't get an upset stomach. If you decide to switch foods later, transition slowly over a period of seven to 10 days. Pick up the food bowl once he's eaten, so he learns that he eats only when his food bowl is out. However, his water bowl should always be available. Get a short leash so when your puppy is not in his gated area, you can teach him polite manners. Designate an area outside as your puppy's potty spot and establish a daily routine right away. You'll always want to start getting your puppy used to grooming routines like brushing, bathing, toothbrushing, and nail trims. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian within the first week for a routine checkup and to discuss your puppy's vaccination schedule, spaying or neutering, and proper nutrition. You can also ask for suggestions on when to socialize your puppy and begin interactive training classes with a certified professional dog trainer. Preparing for your puppy's first few weeks in his new home will make his transition a happy one. [MUSIC PLAYING]