Is Your Denver Home Ready for a Puppy?

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Real Estate Agent with Bandy Homes

 


I originally blogged on this topic a little over a year ago. It was a popular topic so I thought I would give an update. -mb

If you are looking to add anew furry friend to your Denver home to make it complete you want to make sure your home is ready for the addition of your new puppy. To get off to a great start takes a little planning but in the end it will make the transition smoother. Before the new addition comes home, plan to make your house puppy-proof. Just like baby-proofing, this will keep your dog from getting sick or injured by household objects. It will also keep your blood pressure from rising over damaged Denver property.

Puppies are notorious for being curious and getting into everything within their reach. To determine what there may be around your house that they can get into you want to get down on their level and look around for anything lying around that may appeal to them. If you spot items your new baby pup might like, move them to a shelf, drawer or closet.

Here’s a quick list of things to keep away from your puppy:

·         Children’s toys

·         Houseplants (Many are poisonous to dogs.)

·         Electrical Cords

·         Shoes

·         Household cleaners in the house and garage

·         Medications

·         Cosmetics

·         Other small animal family member such as gerbils or hamsters

Discovery channel’s Animal Planet suggests dog-proofing nearly every room in your home, as each room holds a new temptation for your curious puppy.

To help counter your puppy’s desire to get into things they should not , purchase your new family friend some items designed especially for them. Having dog toys that withstand puppy teeth can keep your teething puppy from gnawing on furniture or chomping into the human kids’ toys which might have small parts a pup could choke on. Instead of rawhide, choose a chewy and durable rubber toy, and remember that squeakers can be a choking hazard if pulled out of the toy.  Replace any toy as it begins to wear out.

Prior to bringing your new puppy into your Denver home look into different methods you can use to house train your new family friend. Research a method that uses positive feedback rather than cruelty to teach your new Denver resident proper manners. Consider crating for when you’re not home, and be sure the crate is never used as a punishment.

There is a lot to consider and know before bringing a new puppy into your Denver home. If you have young children research and choose a breed that is compatible with their age. Know whether you can handle the expenses associated with the dog’s care.  If someone in your family has allergies, look for breeds that shed less and release less dander. Do your research and you’ll end up with a new family member that will love you unconditionally all of its life.

Let the professionals at the Bandy Team help you buy or sell your Denver home. If you’re thinking about buying a home in Denver, we can show you some terrific homes in Stapletonproperties in Cherry Creek or the charm of real estate in Englewood.

 

Until Next Time,

Marianne Bandy
The Bandy Team
 
RE/MAX Professionals- Denver, CO 
"From Our Heart to Your Home" 

303-746-7799 cell
www.BandyHomes.com

 

 

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Marianne, Thanks for posting into the contest.

Dec 31, 2012 02:29 AM #1
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Great points, thanks. It can be a challenge training a new puppy so anything to make it a little easier is great.

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Sometimes it may really be a better idea to postpone getting a puppy--maybe until a mid-summer birthday which wouldn't be such a busy time.

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