If you’ve never brought home a puppy before, you may be surprised to learn you will need to puppy-proof your home. Goldendoodles are an active breed of puppy, so if you’re bringing home one of these adorable puppies, you’re going to want to be well prepared. You know your child’s teacher won’t accept the “dog ate my homework” excuse, so start preparing for the puppy before bringing them home.
Talk to Your Family
Remind them that puppies chew, and they may chew on anything they can get ahold of. It’s important to make sure books, shoes, toys and any other items are put away, just in case the puppy decides to practice their chewing. If you have small children, this can even be a way to help remind them to clean up when they’re done with their toys. Remindyour family members that small objects can be harmful to a puppy if they’re swallowed.
Pretend You’re Baby-Proofing
If you have children, you likely baby-proofed the house when they were little. This means making sure any wires are out of reach, making sure there’s no small objects in the puppy’s reach, and ensuring the puppy has plenty of toys they can play with to keep them busy.
Put Up Baby Gates
If you’re going to be keeping the puppy contained to one room whether it’s when you’re home or when you’re out, go ahead and get baby gates and install them in your home. There’s even ones now with convenient doors, so you can move from room to room without having to take the baby gate down and put it back up. This will get everyone used to them being in the home.
If you’re bringing home a new member of the family, you’re going to want to be prepared. Ensure your family knows what to do to help the puppy adjust and keep them safe from eating objects that can be harmful. Make sure any wires are hidden, everything is safely away from the puppy, and go ahead and install baby gates if you’re going to be using them. Once you’re done, you’ll be ready to bring your new puppy home and they’ll have a safe, fun environment to live in.