4 Tips To Remember As You Welcome Your New Furry Friend

Congratulations, new pet parent! Whether you’ve just gotten a brand-new puppy or welcomed an adult dog into your family, training them to adapt to the new space is important for the entire household, and we know you’re ready to get started.

From equipping your floors with STAINMASTER® PetProtect® carpet to finding a schedule that works for you and your pup, here are four key tips to remember as your furry friend gets comfortable in their home.

  1. 1. Establish Good Habits – and a Schedule

    New Dog Walking

    Before welcoming your new furry friend into the family, make a plan for house training and stick to it from day one.

    Plan frequent trips outdoors—every two hours for an adult dog and every 30-60 minutes for a puppy, as well as after meals. Choose a simple command for when they do their business and use it consistently. Keeping them on a strict feeding and bathroom break schedule will help them get on track quickly and make it easier to live in the moment and have fun with your new animal pal.

  2. 2. Give Them Their Own Space

    New Dog with Toys

    All of us need places to call our own—for relaxing, sleeping or just plain getting away from it all—and the same is true for your new pet.

    When designing a space for your house-training pet, don’t give them too much room to roam. Instead, if your pet is alone, contain them with a gated dog area or sleeping crate. While the family is home, use closed doors or baby gates to create a small area, preventing them from moving freely from room to room and getting excited about all the chewable possibilities. As they prove capable of spending time inside without having accidents or using your shoes as a chew toy, slowly open the rest of the house to them.

  3. 3. Keep Your Floors Safe

    New Dog and Boy

    You love your pets when they’re at their best, and you love them when they make mistakes, including the occasional accident indoors.

    Take the pressure off you and your pet by making sure your floors are ready for anything. STAINMASTER® PetProtect® carpet is specifically designed for pet-friendly adventures. Its protective technology resists pet stains, reduces pet odors* and is exceptionally durable for however your pet uses the space. Even better, this carpet is designed to release pet hair while vacuuming for easy cleaning, allowing you to spend more time playing with your furry friend. Break out this handy carpet calculator to figure out how much your rooms will require, and flip through the catalog to find the perfect style for your space.

    * Must be paired with a carpet cushion that has a breathable moisture barrier, like STAINMASTER® carpet cushion and requires thorough cleaning
  4. 4. Reward Good Behavior

    Rewarding New Dog

    As a dog lover, there’s nothing more rewarding for you and your pooch than letting them know when they get it right.

    When taking them for walks in your back yard or around the neighborhood, keep a few bite-size training treats in your pocket to reward your dog as soon as they go to the bathroom in the correct spot. Employing verbal praise as well, using a consistent “Good dog!” tone of voice, will make it easy for your dog to understand. Take every opportunity to show how much you love them.

Most of all, remember that house training can be challenging. Having patience for your new furry family member is key (and it doesn’t hurt they are so cuddly and cute). However, no matter how long it takes, STAINMASTER® PetProtect® carpet is in it for the long haul.

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