Preparing our home for a new puppy
On Friday we will be welcoming a puppy into our home and into our family. Meet Coco our 8 week old Siberian Husky girl.
The decision to get another dog certainly wasn’t taken lightly seeing as we only lost our loving Buddy back in March. A lot of thought had gone into it along with loads of research into the breed of dog we had chosen to see if the breed was right for us. Once the decision was made to get a Siberian husky we began our search. Lots of calls were made and advise seeked.
We was put in touch with a lovely breeder who we had made contact with, she sent us some photos of her puppies and Coco stood out from the off, an appointment was instantly made to go and meet with her last week.
The breeder had questions for us and we also went along with a list of questions for her. Once we all felt happy we then met with Coco and Coco’s mum. We spent time playing with them both, had lots of cuddles and all got to know each other. We learnt a lot from chatting with the breeder and she helped by answering any questions we had.
We chose to collect Coco at a later date so it gave us time to prepare our home, the breeder was happy to keep Coco and fully understands, she was only too happy to help. Not only does it give us time to make our home puppy safe but it gives us time to be 100% sure of our decision to get another dog.
We wanted time to check for…
- Electric cables she may be able to reach.
- Small gaps she may squeeze into.
- Objects she may find tasty looking and chew on – best moved for now.
- Make sure our garden is puppy proof. No holes in fences, poisonous plants etc.
- Locks on gates, doors and cupboards to prevent visits is unwanted areas.
- Add a stair gate to save any falls if she was to go exploring.
- To ensure our furniture is safe and cannot fall on her if she was to explore.
- Add fencing to any hazard areas in our garden.
And time to purchase this never-ending list of accessories….
- A travel Crate for safe travelling.
- Lead, collar and name tag.
- Food and water dish.
- Crate for indoors.
- Grooming kit.
- Food and treats.
- Puppy pads/training kit.
- Pet friendly cleaning products for any accidents.
- Poop bags.
Along with all the above there is also going to be a life-long commitment in place for Coco from the moment we collect her on Friday. She is going to be so loved and looked after with every need met.
- Health checks.
- Love and comfort.
- Most of all our love, time and understanding.
When we collect her on Friday she would already of had her first lot of injections, wormer and flea treatment so we will need to get her registered with a vet of our choice and have this followed up and kept up-to-date. Coco will also have been micro chipped so she will hopefully always be returned to us if she was to ever get lost….fingers crossed this never happens.
As for pet insurance we have been looking online and have a few quotes she will be covered for her first month with us so this gives us time to choose who we wish to go with.
When we collect her we will be prepared for any travel sickness/anxiety she may suffer. After all it will be our first of many new experiences together.
We are currently working our way through our checklist and are very excitedly counting down to Friday too.
We will be keeping you up-to-date on how she settles in with a follow-up post very soon. We will be sharing photos and videos of her over on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in the mean time.
Do you have any tips you would like to share with us on ways we can help her settle into her new home with us?