How would you prepare the home for a new pet? A new addition to the family is always exciting. It can be a little nerve-racking too, ensuring you have everything prepared for when they arrive home.

Here are a few practical, yet essential tips to prepare the home for a new pet. These tips are not just for a new puppy; they can be useful for a rescue puppy or adult dog. These tips will even help you if you are just pet-sitting or being a foster furparent.

10 Tips to Prepare the Home for a New Pet


Give your house a once-over, remove rubbish and dirty dishes. Any valuable items should stay stored out of reach, such as shoes as new puppies love to chew (until they are fully trained of course). Tv electrical cords tucked away and out of reach. You won’t want your new furbaby to be chewing or tripping on any cords.
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A good idea to walk around the yard ensuring your furbaby won’t get into mischief and try to escape. Put away all pesticides and fertilisers. Make sure the gates are locked and are high enough so they can’t jump over.
Close all the doors inside to help stop your furbaby wondering into the wrong room such as the laundry or toilet.


A safe home is a must for any new addition. Just like baby-proofing, you will need to puppy-proof your home. Storing away dangerous items such as cleaning chemicals, small items that can be chewed or swallowed and also harmful foods. This would be a good time to start thinking about pet insurance. If your furbaby becomes ill pet insurance may just help you out when you need it. Read up on Pet Insurance: Is It Worth It?


Buying supplies is the fun part. What to buy for your furbaby. A good idea is to make a list of what you will need. As the first few days pass you will most likely get other items, but this will get you started.

  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Water bowl
  • Food bowl
  • ID tag
  • Toilet pads
  • Blanket
  • Bed
  • Kennel
  • Poop bags
  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Towels
  • Nail clippers



Now that you have the supplies, next is toys. Depending on the type and size of your new furbaby it’s time to buy some toys. Purchase a few different kinds to give them variety.

  • Plush toys
  • Tennis balls
  • Rubber bones
  • Frisbee
  • Squeaky toys
  • Chew toys


Creating a safe space for your furbaby, somewhere where all of ‘their’ stuff belongs. A corner of the yard or room, it will be an area that they know is theirs and theirs only.


Deciding on the type of diet can be a bit tricky. It would be advisable to speak with your vet to find the best nutrition that is right for your furbaby. If you are wanting to boost your dogs meals here are 13 Superfoods For Dogs.

Inside or outside

Is your furbaby going to be an inside or outside dog? Possibly both maybe? Setting a boundary quickly will help stop any confusion the dog may encounter in the future.


It may take time for your new addition to adjust and get used to the new surroundings. Whether it is an adult dog or puppy, they may cry throughout the night. Ensure they have water, toys, anything with their smell on it to help make it as comfortable as possible. Set up a confined space to help them stay calm and relaxed.


A Routine may take some time to set up a routine, but the quicker, the better as it will naturally teach your furbaby routine. This includes meal times at the same time each day and bed time. Your furbaby will quickly adjust.

Over to you: Do you have any further tips on preparing the home for a new pet?


Gina and Harley


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