Lifestyle Pets How to Prepare for a Puppy Before Your New Pet Arrives Get your home, other pets and family ready for your new, teething, sweet, energetic baby dog By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 20, 2018 01:52 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Planning to take the puppy plunge? Congrats! Before you bring your baby dog home you need to be prepared. Think of a puppy as a toddler with fur; precautions are necessary to keep them safe and happy. Luckily we have puppy pro PEOPLE Pet Vet Dr. Evan Antin who knows all about what little canines need. Dr. Antin has narrowed down his puppy knowledge to four key points pet parents need to know before bringing home a puppy. Two of them have to do with teeth. Puppies love to chew! So it’s important to remove or hide anything from your home you don’t want gnawed on, especially if these objects could harm your puppy if ingested. Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. In place of these tempting, chewable things, have a stock of teething toys ready for your pup. These toys will help puppies from becoming destructive and will help them burn all that extra energy they are carrying around. Watch the video above for even more expert puppy tips from the PEOPLE Pet Vet.