Getting a New Pet?  Tips to Prepare your Home for the New Arrival

Although pet adoptions happen year round, spring and summer are peak season because we all expect to have time during the long, warm days to bond to the newest member of the family.


Helping your puppy or adult dog adjust to a new environment takes planning. We asked our team of professional trainers, who work with thousands of dogs each year, for their advice on how to make the transition a smooth one for you and your new pet:


Educate yourself.  Whether you’re adopting a puppy or an adult dog, it’s important to start training your new pet right away. Don’t wait until you bring your pet home to study up on howto house train. Check out our Training  page for advice.


Invest in a quality crate. A dog usually won’t soil where he sleeps,so early and consistent use of a crate will speed house training.  Because dogs have an instinctive desire to den, the crate will quickly become a place your new pet feels safe and secure when alone.


Dog-proof the family room.Until fully house trained, your dog should be confined to one room or area. Place her crate and toys there and remove expensive area rugs that might be damaged.  Hide wires, plants and anything that poses a danger if puppy chews it. Be sure to purchase a few sturdy toys that will stand up to chewing.


Install a pet boundary system around your yard.  Dogs need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and well behaved.  An electronic pet containment system, like InvisibleFence®, creates a well-defined area that puppy can’t dig under or jump over, keeping him safe in your yard.   With proper training, puppies as young as eight weeks old can learn to observe safe-area boundaries.