Back when my parents brought our new puppy home for the first time, we had all the puppy preparation checklist items ready to go: leash, a big bag of dry dog food, aluminum food/water bowls, collar, ID tags and a full-sized dog cage (which I was quick to test out on my little brother). All the biggies. But then there were some things we ended up wishing we thought of beforehand. And, yes, our puppy made us pay. We vowed that next time we’d expand our “Puppy Day” checklist to include the following items:
Get a reliable Pet Stain and Odor Remover
Our first-day puppy, Dulce, didn’t take long to sign her name on the carpet. It would be the first of many times that day. My parents had been expecting as much; they made sure the house was stocked up on all the standard supplies for cleaning a carpet. But they didn’t think to stock up on the premium stuff, the stuff specifically formulated for this particular type of carpet vandalism. Big mistake.
We learned how important it is have the good stuff on hand for the first day Puppy comes home. A good Pet Stain and Odor Removal product will more effectively remove the stain, as well as the odor, and can even leave your carpet smelling a little better than it did before. A good way to keep your puppy from putting a stain on that otherwise joyous day.
Get sealable plastic bags and extra-tough paper towels
Just as surely as a nervous new puppy is going to tinkle on the carpet, so will it leave multiple “carpet treats” for all to enjoy. This goes without saying. What doesn’t go without saying is that, unless you’re properly prepared for it, the adults in the house are going to get stuck doing all the cleaning. “Mommy! He did it again!”
When our new puppy started leaving treats all over the floor, my mother was the one that usually ended up dealing with it. The kids couldn’t be trusted with such a delicate cleaning operation; we’d probably only make the issue worse by clumsily spreading it around.
In a few days, my mother realized that if she kept the house stocked up with plenty of rolls of heavy-duty paper towels (to initially handle the poo), and large, sealable plastic bags (to conveniently dispose of said poo), the kids could be trusted with the initial, most disgusting phase of the cleanup. Well, okay, she still ended up dealing with it most of the time, but when she wasn’t around, all was not lost.
Buy a little tin bell to fasten to the dog collar
It wasn’t long before Dolce got over the initial trauma of “opening day,” and then it was time to explore the weird new planet she’d landed on. We’d let her explore the house all on her own. Maybe about a dozen worried moments of “anybody seen the dog?” later, we realized how helpful it would be to put a little tin bell on her collar to help us know where she was, even when she was out of sight. It would help make sure she didn’t get herself into trouble. And, in the weeks to come, when she started getting good at digging her way under the fence and making a run for it, the bell on her collar definitely expedited our search efforts.
So if you’re planning on bringing a new puppy home, just make sure to do all of your pre-puppy homework. It’s worth it. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy that exciting time even more.