A puppy in an apartment

Let’s get right into it. You got a new puppy and you’re wondering if it’s going to make a big change in your lifestyle. That’s easy to answer—absolutely.

But you’ve made the decision. And whether you live in a Milwaukee 1-bedroom apartment or a luxurious apartment in San Francisco with great outdoor space, we have three important must do’s and three critical don’ts for you to consider:

Don’t Take a Vacation

If you’ve never cared for another living creature before, we offer our condolences.

That weekend in Vegas you planned where you’d choose your fantasy team might now only be a fond desire since you’ll be staying home with your little doggy. You can always conference in with your friends, but your new dog probably wouldn’t appreciate FaceTiming with you.

New puppies need a lot of attention—sometimes 24/7 for a while, so get ready to binge watch something—even if it’s Andy of Mayberry.

Don’t Do Playdates Right Away

Your new pet is going to be stressed enough since he or she has been separated from mommy. Don’t complicate things by inviting strange dogs over to socialize until you understand the temperament of both your puppy and your buddy’s pet.

Pet parties can be fun, but again, take your time dipping your pet’s feet into the local social scene.

Don’t Get Angry

Remember, your new puppy didn’t apply for the job of living with you, and if you are a neat freak, maybe get some solid counseling before your dog arrives.

Puppies like to chew almost anything, and they also have notoriously bad bathroom habits. Make sure you are mentally ready for the challenge that a new puppy automatically brings.

Do Puppy-proof Your Home

You can look online and find many articles about pet-proofing your apartment, but if you want to save time, just think of your pet as a crawling baby, get down on the floor and figure out all of the things that little dog can get into.

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are a good place to start as slurping up household chemicals will assure you of an expensive trip to the 24-hour vet.

Use Time Off

We already told you that taking a vacation is a no-no, but you could use your accumulated vacation days to do a staycation at home.

That way, your puppy can more easily get used to his or her surroundings and you can be available to constantly police your entire home.

Potty training is a lot easier if you are constantly by your pet’s side for a couple of weeks.

Your Pet’s Private Spot

Get a cage. Yes, we know that a crate is a gentler word, but it’s still a cage.

Unlike most humans, however, pets really appreciate their cage a safe place where they can feel comfortable. Many pet owners tell stories about the time their animal made a giant mess and voluntarily retired to its cage home with its tail between its legs.

A crate-trained pet is also easier to take to the vet as your dog will have an instant mobile home.

Sure, there’s more to it than the things mentioned here, but if you follow the above helpful hints, you’ll have a much easier time integrating your new puppy into your life.

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