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The Checklist to Know if Your Home is REALLY Ready for a New Dog!

By AmberKingsley. | Dog Training

Bringing home a new pet presents many of the same challenges as the arrival of a newborn, human infant. Since we're already in the business of providing products to transport canines as safely and comfortably as humanly possible, it's our responsibility to deliver when it comes to this important promise.

  The Checklist to Know if Your Home is REALLY Ready for a New Dog But what happens once these little critters arrive at their new home? Are future pet owners, are we really prepared for this type of arrival? A checklist is vital for this type of preparation, and the first one that comes to mind involves the ingredients we need, like food, bedding, a collar and leash, toys and treats, etc. But how can we make sure our domicile is a safe and healthy environment for them? Look at it this way, in a previous post, we discussed different ways we can be more earth-friendly as pet owners, and this type of process is similar to bringing home a new dog. If getting "greener" is our ultimate goal, a checklist for weak points inside our home and daily routine is ultimately a part of this type of an agenda for the arrival of a new animal.


Think of this checklist as a type of an audit for your home that is welcoming a new addition to your existing household. You'll want what's best for your new pet, but not so much that it inconveniences either the existing members of your family or confuses the newest addition. Before the new one arrives, things should be put into order and make sure boundaries are already set:


Again, when thinking about a toddler compared to a terrier, a larger child next to a bigger dog, when they're coming into a new home and environment different dangers are present. Exposed cords and wiring, hanging strings from blinds, sharp objects at low levels, stairways, and any other dangerous areas or situations need to be protected and avoided from our new pet. Baby gates are great for this type of conundrum, but make sure they're enforced and not removed for the sake of convenience.


Remember where you feed your new pet can be almost as important as what you're giving them to eat for their overall well-being. Before you plop down a food and water dish anywhere, make sure it will be located in a place that it won't be moved later on as this could confuse your new canine. Ensure it's in a location that's easily accessible to them and able to be cleaned regularly, while at the same time, it doesn't interfere with traffic from the rest of the household.


Whether your new furry friend is big or small, young or old, you'll need to make some adjustments to your house that are both pet and people friendly. Not just when it comes to their feeding station, but where they will have access to regular sleep and play. Remind residents, both young and old, to keep their doors closed at all times. Whether it's a child's favorite stuffed toy lying on the ground or a dangerous medication left on a nightstand, either one of these could prove traumatic or even deadly for a pet who accidentally ingests one of them. As mentioned previously, another checklist you'll need for your new, four-legged best friend includes everything from food to toys and is available here along with more information about protecting your pet. But making them safe and secure while travelling with you, then you've already come to the right place. Behavioral Science and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

Amber KingsleyAmber Kingsley

Amber Kingsley is a freelance writer whom has donated countless hours supporting her local shelters. With writing, she has spent most of her research on animals with regards to food, health and training.


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