A new puppy is a great and exciting addition to any family, just as long as you’re prepared. Think of a puppy like a new baby; you wouldn’t bring home a new baby without having everything they need. But don’t worry, we’ve got all you need to be ready!
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Preparing for a Puppy
PART I: Puppy-Proofing the House
Most people focus on buying things like crates, toys, and food (which are indeed very essential) to prepare for a new pup, but they tend to forget that their house might not be a safe environment for a puppy (yet!). Here are some ways to puppy-proof the house!
- Stowe any valuables: Puppies are very curious and they love to chew - especially on items they shouldn’t be chewing! This could include home decor (like potted plants or fancy lamps), your favorite pair of designer shoes or even furnishings. There’s really no telling what will attract them so if you love it, hide it!
- Be careful of hanging fabrics: Curtains and tablecloths are beautiful, but a puppy might think they are a fun thing to play tug-of-war with. If you’re not able to remove them, make sure that your curtains are secured or that your tablecloth won’t bring down the gorgeous table-top you’ve worked hard to look perfect.
- Check your house for any hiding spots: When was the last time you searched through your house? Are there any secret nooks or crannies your pup might hide in? If there are, familiarize yourself with them because more often than not, your pup will find them when they explore.
- Make sure any cords or wires are secured: Loose cords or wires are a big potential hazard for puppies. The last thing you would want is a chewed through electrical cord, resulting in a shocked puppy and disconnected phone (or WiFi!) lines.
- Check the backyard: If puppy is lucky enough to have a backyard to roam free in, you’ll want to be extra sure that the backyard is a safe environment. Make sure that the yard is properly fenced in because an exploring pup could easily slip through a little crack out of the backyard. Put away any random toys that could become a choking hazard or anything that you don’t want to be chewed. If you have a pool or other potential dangers, make sure they are properly secured and inaccessible for your pup.
PART II: The New Puppy Checklist
Now that your house is prepped and ready for your new addition, it's time to make it a welcoming environment. Creating a space of their own with the essentials will help them feel safe and secure in their new forever home. Here's a handy checklist for everything you need!
- Crate and Crate Mattress: A crate is very important for your new puppy, as it's their personal space for relaxation and sleep. As your pup grows, you'll need a bigger crate to make sure they stay comfortable. A crate bed is essential for any pup to get some good sleep in their crate.
- Bedding and Blankets: Your pup won't always be in their crate, so having a comfy bed or cozy blanket around the house will give them a nice place to relax while hanging out with the family.
- Collar and Leash: A collar and leash is a must for any new pup, as well as proper identification. Be sure to have an ID tag on your dog's collar just in case!
- Food and Treats: This is a given, but be sure to have the proper food and treats ready for your pup's arrival.
- Dining: Your pup needs their own space to enjoy their meals just like you do! Create a dining space exclusively for your pup with adorable bowls and a matching placemat!
- Toys: Toys are fun for all, especially for your new pup! Toys are a great way to keep your dog preoccupied, but can also encourage exercise if you play with them. Some dogs also like to cuddle with their favorite toy, too!
- Grooming Supplies: We all feel better when we're nice and clean, and it's no different for your pup! Having grooming supplies on hand is ideal, especially for those muddy bath days!
- Housetraining Pads: Training and caring for your puppy gets easier and less messy once your dog is potty trained. Training pads work indoors as well as outdoors on patios to provide a consistent environment for a pup to train with.
- Car Seat and/or Carrier: Trips to the vet for vaccines and play dates mean trips in the car for little Fido. Carriers are an easy way to tote your pup around (and some are airline-approved!), while car seats ensure safety in the car during any trip.
- Kimberly Topuzes
Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for the family, but some elements of Halloween can spook some pups out. Here are some tips to make sure you and your dog have the best time possible this Halloween!
Keep your dog away from candy. Lots of candy, especially chocolate, can be toxic to dogs. Make sure that your candy bowl isn’t low enough to be knocked over by a curious paw or wagging tail, and if you have kids, make sure they hide their precious gatherings in a place where your pup won’t find them.
Understand your dog’s comfort level with the holiday. If your dog doesn’t want to go out trick-or-treating, let them stay home. If you know your dog doesn’t do well with strange visitors (aka trick-or-treaters!), make sure to keep them somewhere quiet with their favorite toys where they won’t get frightened.
Make sure your decorations are dog-proof. Little decorations can easily become choking hazards for your dogs, so try to keep all decorations out of their reach.
Keep your dog safe when they go outside. If you decide to take your pup out trick-or-treating, be sure that they are securely fastened when venturing outside. An odd costume or loud noise could easily spook your dog, and keeping them on a leash will prevent them from running away after being spooked. Nighttime visibility is also very important, so we would recommend a reflective collar, harness or leash so you can have eyes on your dog during all hours of the night!
Keep them IDed at all times. An ID tag on a collar is very important, especially on a night like Halloween where doors are always opening and closing, giving your pup many opportunities to sneak out of the house. An ID tag with a phone number and name will ensure your pup comes home safely from any accidental getaway.
We hope these tips are helpful, and we hope you have a safe and spooky Halloween!
- Christine Castellani
5 Benefits of Adopting a Shelter Dog | Muttropolis
Everyone knows Halloween is in October, but did you know that October is also
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month?
Each year, 3-4 million dogs and 3.5 million cats enter shelters. We love all animals but are definitely advocates of adoption to help reduce these staggering numbers. In doing so, we hold adoption events at our stores almost every weekend and just love seeing sweet rescue animals find their forever homes.
There are so many reasons why adopting a dog can be beneficial to you and your family. Here are 5 benefits of adopting a shelter dog worth highlighting:
- Dogs are amazing companions. The title “Man’s Best Friend” is not a misnomer – dogs are amazing additions to the family and are great friends to children and adults alike. Dogs teach children love and responsibility, and they can reduce stress levels and comfort adults.
- Save a life and save money. Many shelters vaccinate and neuter each pet that comes into their care, so it will save you time and effort. Shelter dogs are usually up to date on their shots and have had experience in socializing with other dogs, too!
- Variety is the name of the game. Some people don’t know this, but you can find dogs of all ages and breeds in shelters (this includes puppies and purebreds!). If you have a specific breed or age of a dog you’re interested in, a shelter will most likely have it.
- A dog will completely change your household (in a good way!). While you’re keeping the unwanted pet population down and not supporting puppy mills, you’ll gain a lovable presence in your home that you never would’ve expected.
- You are saving a life. Lots of dogs in shelters have been rescued from unfortunate circumstances such as neglect and abuse. Shelters often get overcrowded even with staff members working tirelessly. Adopting a pup will give them a second chance at the life they deserve.
And what’s more, adopting from an event at Muttropolis has an extra perk – you become part of our Forever Mutt Pack! The Forever Mutt Pack Program offers adopted families a way to become a part of the Muttropolis family. Each family that adopts through our events will receive a goody bag filled with food samples, 20% off a collar, free tag (to be engraved in-store) and a Forever Mutt Pack Membership card, allowing them 10% off storewide* for the life of their adopted dog.
We hope that you can share these 5 benefits of adopting a shelter dog with anyone interested in getting a dog, and happy Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!
- Christine Castellani
Mutt's Happening: An Adoption Extravaganza with Bo Derek!
What's better than an adoption event on a sunny Sunday afternoon? An adoption event with special guest Bo Derek!
- Christine Castellani