I’m just going to preface this all by saying I was 100% in no way ready or willing to welcome a puppy into our home when Abbey came. I know that sounds so harsh and some of you probably think I’m the worst dog mom ever. But, when your husband tells you the day before that he is going to go get a puppy and you say NO and he still brings a puppy home, it’s hard to be all warm and fuzzy and welcoming. Especially when said puppy likes to pee and poop everywhere and despises her kennel– especially at 2am.
All that to say, she’s a total sweetheart. She’s so loving, she’s very sweet and gentle around Mckenna and her and Alea adore one another. I know Abbey and I will grow to love each other more and more as time goes on, but right now I’m just remembering when we finally started sleeping through the night after Mckenna did again and now that’s just not in the cards for us anymore… once again! Ha!
1. Avoid Over-Stimulation: It’s so easy to get excited when puppy gets home, but everyone should give the puppy a little space so they can get acclimated to their new environment. Heading into a new home can be scary for them, so it’s important to remain calm and avoid any over-stimulation.
2. Get the Essentials: Before you head out to go get your new puppy, don’t forget the puppy essentials. We bought Abbey her food, a water dish, a food dish, a kennel, a dog bed (which she loves to chew), Milk-Bone® treats, and a leash. That’s really all they need as far as the basics go. If you’re looking for a few other essentials, I recommend puppy pads for accidents, a mega-pack of paper towels, pet stain remover, and a few toys as well.
3. Assign Puppy Tasks: I’m sure already may have guessed this, but since my husband is the one who made the decision to get a puppy, you better believe that he’s assigned a majority of the puppy tasks. When he’s home, he’s in charge of the puppy. I let the dogs out in the morning before I go to work and then Cory’s in charge the rest of the time!
4. Puppy Proof: I honestly forgot how much puppies like to chew on anything and everything. It was a definite shock when Abbey picked-up Mckenna’s beloved Elmo and walked away with it in her mouth– for both me and for Mckenna! Ha! Either keep things out off the floor and out of puppy’s reach or consider gating off a specific area for puppy free of all of those temptations!
I would also have to encourage you to try out the Milk-Bone® Gifmaker with a video of your dog. It’s too funny and so much fun! If you visit my Facebook or Twitter you can see my GIFs in action. There’s one of Abbey and one of Bentley! The photo above is obviously just a screenshot, but the GIF in action is so much cuter!
What tips do you have for welcoming a new puppy into your home?