Step into the world of bringing a new four-legged family member home! Almost nine years ago, we welcomed Pepper, our two-year-old greyhound, and much has changed since then. Drawing from personal experience and what I’ve learned along the way, join me in this guide as we discuss the essential steps to create a warm and inviting space for your new fur baby.
1. Pet-Proof Your Space
Before your new greyhound arrives, it's key to pet-proof your home. Remove any potentially hazardous items such as electrical cords, small objects that could be swallowed, and secure cabinets containing harmful substances. Consider blocking off certain areas where your dog shouldn't roam freely, especially during the initial adjustment period.
2. Create a Cozy Retreat
Dogs, including greyhounds, appreciate having a quiet and comfortable space to call their own. Set up a cosy bed or crate in a quiet area of your home where your new furry friend can retreat to when they need some alone time. Soft bedding is crucial for their comfort, and consider adding a cuddlepillar for extra cosiness. We recommend the winter-perfect snooza bed for chilly seasons, while the Portsea Bed Grey Plush is Pepper's all-time favourite for all year around roaching and snoozing.
Pepper, our greyhound, particularly enjoys being able to observe her surroundings from her retreat. If possible, position the bed where your dog can see a high-traffic area of the house, allowing them to watch and be a part of the household activity. Pepper loves keeping an eye on us, and it adds an extra layer of contentment to her space. Of course, every dog is unique, so find what works best for your furry friend's preferences.
3. Stock Up on Essentials
Before bringing your greyhound home, ensure you have all the necessary supplies. This includes bowls for food and water, high-quality dog food, an elevated dog bowl for added comfort during meals, a comfortable collar and leash, grooming tools, and, of course, some engaging toys to keep your new friend entertained.
4. Establish a Routine
Dogs thrive on routine, so it's essential to establish a consistent daily schedule. This includes regular feeding times, walks, playtime, and bathroom breaks. A structured routine helps your greyhound feel secure and establishes a strong bond between you and your new companion.
5. Get greyt gear
When it comes to gearing up for your new greyhound, invest in essentials like a martingale collar (read more about martingale collars). Greyhounds have slender necks, and a martingale collar provides gentle control without putting undue pressure on their delicate windpipes. Ensure the martingale collar fits snugly without being too tight, and always use it in conjunction with an ID tag containing your contact information. This simple yet effective gear ensures the safety and comfort of your greyhound during walks and daily activities.
6. Secure Your Yard
If you have a backyard, make sure it's secure with a sturdy fence. Greyhounds are known for their speed and agility, so a secure yard is crucial for their safety. Regular exercise is essential for their well-being, and a secure space allows them to stretch their legs and enjoy some outdoor playtime.
7. Introduce Them to Your Home Gradually
Once your greyhound arrives, introduce them to different areas of your home gradually. Allow them to explore one room at a time, giving them a chance to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings. Be patient, and let them set the pace for the introduction.
8. Establish a Relationship with Your Vet
Schedule a visit to the veterinarian soon after bringing your greyhound home. Ensure they are up-to-date on vaccinations and discuss a suitable preventive healthcare plan. This initial visit is an excellent opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have about your new pet's health.
9. Dedicate Time in Your Calendar
Plan ahead and create space in your diary for the first month with your greyhound. Being present during this crucial period helps build trust and accelerates the bonding process. Your consistent presence will reassure your greyhound, making the transition to their new home smoother.
Preparing your home for a new greyhound or any dog is a rewarding experience that sets the foundation for a happy and healthy life together. By following these steps, including thoughtful additions like elevated bowls and dedicating time in your calendar, you're not only creating a safe environment but also building a strong bond with your new furry friend. Get ready for a lifetime of joy, companionship, and unforgettable moments with your beloved greyhound!