Bringing a New Puppy Home - What to Prepare

Bringing a New Puppy Home - What to Prepare

Bringing home a new puppy is an adorable whirlwind. But before you get swept away by those cute puppy eyes, it's important to be prepared! This furry friend is relying on you for everything, so let's make sure their transition into their new forever home is smooth and happy.

Making your home dog-friendly

Preparing for your new puppy is just as important for you as it is for them. So, before you collect your puppy, make sure you’ve got all the essential equipment.

Creating a puppy-friendly environment starts with seeing the world through your puppy's eyes. Find hazards like exposed cables or open shelving with cleaning products and get started on securing these areas to keep inquisitive puppies safe.

Which puppy toys should I buy?

From cute stuffed toys to ‘indestructible’ chews and all kinds of balls, tug ropes and frisbees — the doy toy market is strong! So, which ones should you choose?

You’ve got years to fill up your dog’s toy collection, so start small. We suggest starting with teething toysplush toys and interactive toys.

How to train your puppy

Training your puppy starts before you bring them home.

Decide on your expectations and ground rules for your home and be consistent from your puppy’s very first day. This is especially important if your pup is joining your family as every person in your home needs to use the same rules for your new puppy to understand and thrive.

Remember, you’re not just raising a puppy, you’re raising an adult dog; the behaviour you allow early on is always harder to train out at a later point and won't be your dog's fault.

Always use positive reinforcement using praise and reward for good behaviour. Your pup will be keen to learn if they know they’re doing the right thing. A mentally stimulated dog is a happy well behaved dog. 

Toilet training tips

Toilet training takes time and patience, but the good news is that puppies usually pick it up pretty quickly. You can even train them to potty on command, which is great if you’re about to take a long car ride.

Select a suitable place you want your puppy to use as their bathroom, whether this is a section of the garden or an indoor grass pet loo. Dogs tend to go in the same place because they can smell the scent of their previous eliminations. You can even prepare areas you wan't your pup to steer clear off, like pot plants, by using natural deterrent sprays 

What should I feed my puppy?

When you pick up your puppy from the breeder or rescue centre, you may be encouraged to continue feeding them the same food they’ve been given — but you can always transition them to a diet of your choice.

If you decide to make the switch, choose a diet that has all the micro and macronutrients your puppy needs to help them grow into strong and healthy adults. We highly recommend 

Some puppies guzzle their food, while others may be a bit slow or wary at mealtimes.

There’s a lot going on for your new pup so it can take them some time to get used to their new environment, people and food. So, be patient with them as they adjust.

Stick to a routine and create a feeding schedule

A consistent routine for feeding, playtime, and potty breaks will create security for your puppy and set them up for success early in life.

When your puppy is very young, they’ll need to be fed four times a day. As they hit growth milestones and get older, this can be gradually reduced to twice a day.

Dial down treats

Treats make great rewards, especially during the early days of training your puppy and making them feel at home. However, some pups prefer to wait for a treat rather than eating their healthy, well-balanced meals. If they seem bored or disinterested, they might already be full: or they’re waiting for dessert. Keep treats for training time and don’t give in to those big puppy eyes!

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