6 Tips to Help Your New Furry Friend Feel at Home

    Are you bringing a new dog into your home? Here are a few different tips to help get them acclimated to their surroundings.

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    You are finally bringing home a new puppy. Congratulations! I am a dog lover as well and my miniature schnauzer has brought a lot of joy into our lives. However, he has also brought hair, dirt, and slobber. Here are six easy steps for integrating a dog into your household without creating clutter and chaos:

    1. Protect your hardwood floors. If you are putting the dog’s bowl on the floor, have a mat under it so that the dog’s water dribble will not damage your floors.

    2. Get a crate. You might think it is a little cruel, but in reality, dogs love their crates. In the wild, dogs use small dens in order to get a little shut eye and protect themselves. Crates do the same thing to protect your dog. They are also great for potty training.

    3. Decorate. There are a lot of really cool crates out there, some are even furniture pieces. I have seen homeowners take little-used areas, like under the stairs or a desk, and create a great little space for their dogs.

     

    Set rules and expectations from the time they enter the home.

     

    4. Set the rules and expectations from the time they enter the home. If you take the leash off and let it run free in the house, they will think they can do whatever they want.

    5. Be consistent. You may have to train your human family members as much as your new puppy as to what the rules are.

    6. Get a good vacuum and mop. Dyson and Hoover actually make pet-specific vacuums. You should check them out.

    If you have any other questions for us about preparing your home for a new dog or about anything else related to real estate, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email today. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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