Puppy Proofing

Puppy Adoption Grand Rapids, MI

When you’re adding a new puppy into your home, it’ important to make sure that your puppy will be safe and well taken care of. Making sure you are ready for your new Barking Buddy, by puppy proofing, is somewhat like getting ready for a toddler to enter your home.

It’s important to make sure the following things are either put away, or not allowed access to:

  • Loose items on the floor when unsupervised
  • Electrical cords
  • Children’s Toys
  • Loose Change
  • Plants
  • Chemicals that are not safe for animals
  • Window Draw Strings
  • Shoes

A few other things to think about:

  • Be sure to put a lid on your trash can
  • Leave the toilet lid SHUT at all times
  • Do not have Mice or animal killer out in your home

When looking for potential hazards, the best way is to get on all fours, and look around just like you were a puppy! Be sure to diligently check all rooms the pup will have access to, including any outdoor areas. Remember puppies are curious and rambunctious, and it’s your job to keep them safe.

Are you are thinking of getting a puppy?

If you are reading this, chances are you have been thinking of adding another, perhaps a bit furrier, member to your family. But, before you decide if dog ownership is for you, it is important to ask yourself some of the following questions:

1.) Do I have the time to devote to a pet?

Caring for a puppy can seem like a full-time job; from being awoken in the middle of the night during the house breaking phase, to routine trips to the vet, and daily walks, it is crucial that you understand the commitment you are making. Caring for a puppy is much like caring for a child, and will require much of your time, thoughts, and energies.

2.) What breed should I get?

This is by far one of the most important questions you should be considering. Just as people tend to prefer city, suburb, or rural living, dogs flourish when they are doing something that comes more naturally to them. For example, if you wanted a dog to go jogging 4 miles a day with, few people would consider the Dotson, or Bulldog a suitable choice. These breeds aren’t anatomically built for long periods of running, and the experience would probably prove to be equally terrible for you and the pouch. It is imperative to take adequate time reflecting upon your lifestyle, home, and schedule to find a dog breed that would be complementary.

3.) Do I have the resources available to care for this puppy?

It is important for your puppy to receive the proper care to maintain their health and happiness. For some pups that means regular dog grooming, for some it means lots of chew toys, and others it means having a readily available lap and snuggles.

4.) What are the options for responsibly sourced pet ownership in west MI?

West Michigan is lucky to boast of many successful pet adoption centers and animal rescues in the area. Kent County in particular has a proven track record of placing rescued dogs into loving homes. But what happens if the specific breed, the one that would complement your lifestyle and personality, cannot be found in one of these outstanding establishments?

The answer is The Barking Boutique! We are locally owned, and operated, and we hold ourselves to the highest standards. The Barking Boutique takes the time personally inspect all of the dog breeders we work with to assure your puppy comes from the happiest and healthiest homes.

Our expectations far exceed the current regulations of the field, and take into account the moral things like retirement plans for the parents, daily exercise, socialization and lots for bonding and playtime for the puppies, and parents alike. When you get your puppy from us, you can rest assured that you will be getting the highest quality pup, from a loving home, to your forever home, with the resources to care for them for a lifetime.

If you are interested in our puppy health care services, please contact our West Michigan puppy adoption experts at (616) 446-6766. At The Barking Boutique, we make sure that each one of our puppies is happy and healthy when they meet their new family.

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