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… then come the messes!
But oh the love that comes with a new puppy! When we added Buffer to our family at the beginning of October, the timing couldn’t have been worse. My Mom was here for a week long visit, it was the beginning of the busy season for my handmade shop, work was picking up on the blog and the holidays were practically here. But one lick on the chin from that scrappy little puppy and I was a goner!
It took a little longer for the rest of the family to come around, well her big sister Bitly anyways, but now they’re best friends! Adding a new pet to the family can be an interesting experience, no matter how much puppy love there is, there will also be moments of pure frustration and so many messes!
Thank goodness fur babies are adorable 😉
If you’re planning on bringing home a new puppy anytime soon, there are some things you need to know, and think about, beforehand!
#1 Do Some Research!
With Buffer, not a whole lot of research was required. She is the same breed as Bitly (same fur-parents too!), so we knew what we were getting into with her breed needs. But don’t just research a breed, research the rescue/breeder you’ll be getting your new BFFF (best fur friend forever)from. It’s also a good idea to watch some youtube videos about your breed and some puppy training tips and tricks. It’s important to be prepared when you bring your new puppy home.
#2 Puppy Proof Your Home!
If more than 3 minutes of thought had gone into adding Buffer to the family, I would have pre-puppy proofed the whole house. When we got home, it was a scramble to beat her to things she shouldn’t be getting into, BEFORE she got into them!
Check to make sure that all wires and cords are tucked up and that there are no small pieces of anything on the floor. Make sure shoes, special toys or items, and anything else you don’t want chewed to bits is up off the floor. Check under and behind EVERYTHING! If it’s there your puppy WILL find it and chew it.
#3 Puppy Messes Will Happen.
There will be accidents when it comes to potty training your new BFFF, thats a guarantee. Be patient and never yell when there is an accident. I’ve never successfully trained a dog by screaming and yelling when they make a mistake. Focus on reinforcing the good behavior… lots of pets, treats and praise when they do what they’re supposed to do.
AND pick up some STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover at Target (its in the Cleaning Aisle of some Targets. I was able to find mine at the Target in Wichita Falls). This little spray bottle is practically magic when it comes to accidents on the carpet! We all know that new puppies and carpet are not a match made in heaven, quite the opposite actually.
Puppies tend to like soft, comfortable spots to do their “business” … aka your carpeted rooms. STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover removes stubborn stains, eliminates odors and there is no stickiness left behind. PLUS you can breathe easy thanks to the powerful ODOR REMOVE™technology, which starts to eliminate odors within minutes. Because puppy “business” can equal icky stink!
All you have to do is…
SPRAY: Spray product liberally and directly on affected areas.
WAIT: Wait 3-5 minutes to allow solution to penetrate the stain.
BLOT: Dampen the spot with water and blot with a clean, colorfast paper towel or cloth. Repeat as necessary to remove the stain. For best results treat stain immediately.
The most important thing you need to know about your new fur friend is that Puppy Love quickly becomes fur-ever love! Once that little ball of fur wiggles their way into your heart, you won’t be able to imagine a life with out them! Seriously! Buffer has only been in the family for a couple of months, but she’s easily been one of the best spur-of-the-moment decisions we’ve ever made!
STAINMASTER Carpet Pet Stain Remover is not available at all Target locations, but it is available online. Click here to find STAINMASTER Carpet Pet Stain Remover, or have it shipped for free, to your local Target store.
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