Organize Your Puppy Stuff By Jean Carter |Published 10-30-19
Your Beagle needs to undergo a brushing session on Sunday, so what do you do to find his grooming comb? Do you simply go to a storage place where it is neatly placed inside a compartment or hunt it all around the house because you forgot where you put it the last time?
If you are the latter, this is an article meant specifically for you. Puppies are fun to have, but they also demand care and maintenance. They have a high tendency to chew things, jump around and excrete anywhere they like. You wouldn’t want to have a very young puppy causing trouble for you so how should you choose?
first; never bring a puppy which is under 8 weeks old to your house. He is just
too young. Till this age, it hasn’t learned the art of bit inhibition, which is
the control over its teeth and mouth, it is very nippy, undisciplined and
requires constant learning from its mother.
Puppie in the age of 7-12 weeks are in their most acceptive mindset. Their minds will grasp anything you teach them within minutes, and that will stay with them for the rest of their lives generally.
So if you teach him how to dance, jump, stay at ease on the signal of a hand, come rushing on the sound of the whistle, sit on the feet; he will do that, but if you leave him isolated outside in a kennel, he will learn to bite, dig holes and bark.
On the other side, he has not yet developed fully and may be slow in responding to your voice and actions. That depends on the breed, but to be on the safe side, aim for a 2-4-month-old pup. That’s when they are playful, joyous, intelligent and very responsive.
Now that you have purchased the puppy of a suitable age, the stage of care and look after comes. If you keep his supplies and necessities organized, it won't take long to find them and hence save time.
It keeps the house clean because if the pup knows where to rest, eat, and play, he wouldn’t hop around in the whole house with his muddy paws and dirty fur. If you can have him always train to get cleaned before entering the house, it’s even better.
Organizing his stuff also lets you know beforehand when to restock the supply. How can you know when to buy a new can of food if you don’t know how much is left in the older one? Having supplies arranged on shelves or cabinets keeps you informed of their status at all times.
Want to know why? It’s because it is the most reasonable place for it. Leashes, walking strings, and collars should be placed in a hanging position rather than twirling them and storing inside a drawer.
It would damage their elasticity and shape in addition to the excess time that would be required to unwind and straighten whenever doing for a walk with your puppy. Whether it is dog boots or a transparent raincoat, keep them beside the front door so that they can easily be fetched and put back after the stroll.
If you do it this way, the pup would also understand that he have to wait by the door each time he has to go out for a walk and get ready first. This will teach him to be disciplined and obedient.
You can either buy a wall-mounted compartment or use simple hooks to store his walking necessities. If you are obsessed with creativity, making one with your own hands is also a great idea.
A puppy will be craving food 3 times a day until he turns in
to an adult dog, so his feeding procedures are significant. You can’t get him a
food container that is so high for him that he has to lean on to it, neither
should you get him a simple bowl that can be displaced easily.
So what to do? You have to invest in reliable and easy-to-use food gadgets for puppies that are available in the market and online and be sure to dedicate an eating place in the house. In this way, he would know exactly where to go to fulfill his hunger. He wouldn’t turn nosy and look around the house for food remains. That would make him a good family pup ultimately.
Having a specific dining space also keeps the mess limited to that spot. If there are any spills or upsets, you know which spot to wipe and clean. Make sure that you have a mat under the container because when he drinks water, some is bound to drip down from his whiskers and mouth.
It’s better to have it in a room that is not always filled with people because small dogs don’t appreciate human presence while they feed.
Ah, the toys! Mere stuffed pieces of utter joy that your dog holds in his mouth and scurries all around the house with a wagging tail. As much as toys excite your young furry buddies, they are equally guilty of spreading mess in the house.
So toys should be kept at a particular place. Some people say it is a good practice to sort toys according to type, size, or color but that is not true for every dog. Most would mix them all together to find the most suitable one.
A better option is to have a large box filled with all sorts of toys for him. So he can poke in and find his most favorite one. Sorting in small containers also makes them more susceptible to be ticked off. Instead, a singular, large box will create less mess and not be knocked off.
Also, use a heavier box made of wood or plastic or anything which dog can’t break or chew at.
Do you always brush your pup’s hair while sitting on a sofa and give him a bath at the same spot? No, and that is why the grooming supplies shouldn’t be in one fixed container; instead, they should be held in a transportable bag.
This gives you the freedom to carry it around, and if you are staying at a friend’s place for 2 days, simply take it alongside you. If it’s a lovely sunny day in Winter, you can quickly get the bag containing his shampoo and brush and give him a bath outside before the clouds sneak in.
Portable cabbies keep the items organized without being restricted to non-movable storage. You can hang it with a door handle while cutting your puppy’ nails, put it over a table while drying his wet fur and hide it under your lap while combing the hair of your “inquisitive” pup.
You should also have a dedicated folder for keeping your dog’s documents in place. This includes everything from monthly vet appointment results, medication records, adoption details, and microchip paperwork.
Just like it is convenient to have all your academic documents in one place so that applying for a job and getting ready for a vital interview becomes a breeze, do the same for your little buddy as well.
You shouldn’t be running through your own papers to find his last medical report, neither should you be whizzing past your bedroom’s drawer to locate his missing adoption details. All of this must be organized appropriately within a binder or a folder that you can make yourself or buy from the market.
Also, keep them arranged chronologically. In fact, you can dedicate a time every two weeks to update the information in your pup’s folder.
You aren’t going to remain in the house with your dog all the
time. Or are you? You would need to go to your parents on Christmas, celebrate
Hanukkah with your grandmother or go on a vacation with your friends.
How would you ensure your Beagle receives the same care outside as he does in the house? Simple, have a Home Away bag that will contain all of his necessities like medicine, food packs, his favorite toys, food container, and pet passport if you are traveling abroad.
The bag should be sturdy while being lightweight and small in size, so it can be transported and stored easily.
Are you sure your pet will always remain healthy and never incur a disease? Sure, you aren’t, so there should always be a medication box for your pet in the house as part of the process of keeping him healthy. And when you travel somewhere, make sure it remains with you.
It would contain medicines of the commonly occurring medical conditions like infections, hairball, ticks, and heartworm, bandages, cotton wool, scissors, and a thick towel. Make sure this bag is inscribed with something so that it is obvious as a pet first aid box. You wouldn’t want to be traveling with a dog’s medication box for a football match.
Puppies like to doze off in snug places, and when that is a compartment of an entertainment center, the lower part of your room’s dressing or a space under a kitchen counter, this not only becomes innovative but an always-under-your-eyes location.
Puppies like to be around their owners, so having a bedding space in your room is a great option. Also, people who work at home can always keep an eye on their little pet while they submit their daily assignments.
His sleeping space can hold his favorite chew toy or edible toothbrush. At least there will be one item you are sure to find with him and not at any other place.
We are sure you are all set with the “organizing” part of pup care. Focus on other departments now!