Did you know October is Adopt a Dog Month? Since 1981, the American Humane Society has celebrated this month as a time for individuals and families to consider welcoming a furry friend into their home. This initiative aims to help the estimated 3 to 4 million animals in shelters each year get the loving forever homes they deserve.
Whether you live by yourself or have a large family, adding a dog to the household is an experience that comes with its own set of responsibilities. Preparing for a new dog can seem overwhelming, but with careful planning and consideration, it can be an exciting and rewarding experience.
Understanding the significance of this decision, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to prepare your home for Adopt a Dog Month and make the transition into dog ownership smooth and enjoyable.
Puppy-Proof Your Home and Yard
The first step in preparing your home for a new dog this Adopt a Dog Month is to ensure the environment is safe and suitable for them.
Puppies, like human babies, are naturally curious and tend to explore their surroundings by chewing on things. Remove any items that could be harmful or pose a choking hazard to your new dog. Store away shoes, cords, household cleaners, and other potentially hazardous items. It’s important to note that some houseplants, such as spider plants, are poisonous to dogs and should be kept somewhere high beyond your dog’s reach.
Create a Safe Haven
Every dog needs a designated space where they can feel secure and comfortable. Designate a specific area in your home, such as a crate or a corner of a room, as the dog’s own space. Invest in a dog bed and put it here, along with any dog toys you plan to spoil your pup with. This area will serve as their safe haven, providing a sense of security and a place to retreat to when needed.
Stock Up on the Essentials
Having the right supplies ready for your new canine companion is crucial. Before bringing your pup home this Adopt a Dog Month, we recommend stocking up on essentials such as:
- Food and water bowls: Opt for sturdy, easy-to-clean bowls appropriate for your dog’s size.
- Leash and collar: Ensure you have a leash and collar that will fit comfortably and secure for walks and outings.
- ID tag: Make sure your dog has an ID tag with your contact information for safety.
- Bed: Provide a cozy bed where your dog can rest and sleep.
- Toys and treats: Choose a variety of toys to keep your dog entertained and reward treats for positive behavior.
Create a Play and Exercise Area
Creating an exercise and play area, either indoors or outdoors, is essential for your dog’s physical and mental health. The ASPCA notes that dogs can experience sadness when undergoing a major life change, such as moving to a new home. By ensuring your dog has room to play, you can keep them entertained, stimulated, and healthy.
If you don’t have a yard where your dog can run outdoors, set up a designated space indoors where they can play and release energy. Find out where the closest parks are to your house, and find out if they allow dogs to play off-leash.
Consider Humane Bark Control
To maintain a peaceful living environment, consider using a humane bark control collar to prevent excessive barking and aid in training your new furry friend. Consider the size, breed, and age of the dog you plan to adopt in order to find the perfect collar to fit your needs.
If you are adopting an adult dog this Adopt a Dog Month, consider the Dog Silencer MAX or Bark Control Pro. If you’re planning to adopt a younger dog, we recommend The Positive Pet Vibration Only Collar, as puppies’ ears are not fully developed for most bark control collars.
Humane bark control technology is an effective, non-invasive solution to reinforce positive relationships between pets and pet owners.
Seek Professional Guidance
Before bringing your new furry companion home this Adopt a Dog Month, consult your local pet shelter and veterinarian for guidance.
Adopting a rescue dog can pose different challenges than buying a puppy from a breeder. To ensure the transition into dog ownership goes smoothly, read up on what you can expect and ask your local shelter any questions. If possible, schedule a visit with your soon-to-be adopted dog before you bring them home.
Ask the vet for a new dog care kit and recommendations on food, grooming supplies, medication, vaccinations, heartworm and flea prevention, and more. Your vet’s experience will help ensure your dog receives the best care possible.
Love Your Newest Family Member!
Adopting a dog is a joyous occasion. By participating in Adopt a Dog Month, you are giving a dog a second chance at life and providing it with a loving home where it can be happy and healthy!
By puppy-proofing your home, creating a safe haven, stocking up on the essentials, considering humane bark control, and seeking professional guidance, you’re well on your way to welcoming your new canine companion this Adopt a Dog Month!
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American Humane – Adopt a Dog Month
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