In the midst of the coronavirus, it can seem like everything is dark and dreary. There is, however, some good news: pet adoption rates have soared, and many animal shelters and breeders are running out of adoptable animals. Indeed, now may be the perfect time for you to adopt a puppy, as not only will your new puppy keep you company, but you’ll also be home for long enough to properly train it.
If you’re planning on adopting a puppy during the COVID-19 crisis, here are some things you should do to prepare for your new family member:
Prepare your home as you normally would
Adopting a puppy will change how you run your home, no matter if it’s during the coronavirus outbreak or not. As such, you should get plenty of supplies before you bring your new puppy home. This means filling up on food and water, getting plenty of toys, puppy proofing areas of your house, and buying a crate or bed for your puppy to sleep in (all of which are available here at Family Puppies).
Use your extra time to train your pup
You won’t be able to take your dog to training classes, but you will have plenty of time to train your dog yourself. Each dog is different, and some breeds are easier to train than others (Cockapoos, for instance, are relatively easy to train). Nevertheless, by using positive reinforcement and continuous practice (something that should be possible while you’re stuck at home all day), you should be able to have a well-trained dog by the end of quarantine.
Exercise inside and outside
Whether you have a French bulldog or a Havanese, all puppies will have lots of energy. To keep them healthy and happy, you should have them exercise once a day. While most states have stay-at-home orders, you can still take your puppy for a walk around the block or park (making sure to practice safe social distancing). If, however, you are forced to self-quarantine, you will have to exercise your dog inside or in your backyard. You can do this by playing fetch, tug-of-war, hide and seek, or you could even train your dog to use a treadmill.
The coronavirus outbreak has forced many individuals to stay at home, away from friends and family members. This type of isolation can take its toll, and it’s why so many are turning to shelters and breeders to find some company during these trying times. If you’re in the Nappanee, IN area and are looking to adopt a puppy, then contact Family Puppies today to get started!