Here is a little checklist that I have put together of what to do before the new puppy arrives home…
What do I need to buy for the puppy?
- A crate and/or play pen
- Puppy food and treats for training
- Collar, lead and name tag with your details engraved
- Water and food bowl
- Puppy appropriate toys
- Grooming equipment
What do I need to do to prepare the house?
- Doggy door – if you want one, have it put in before the puppy arrives home
- Puppy proof your house
- Puppy proof your garden
- Baby gates – minimise the pup going up and down our stairs and a great management tool if you have children
What else do I need to think about and organise?
- Decide where the puppy will sleep.
- Decide what areas of the house the pup will be allowed to go.
- Take something to the breeders, an old towel or blanket. That way when you take your pup home you will have something that smells familiar, it will make pups first night away from his mum and litter a little easier.
- Decide what you will feed your puppy.
- Book your pup into a positive reward-based puppy school. Socialization is crucial at a young age.
- Pet insurance – do you want it? If so, which one?
- Choose a vet. You should always take your puppy to the vet for a routine check soon after taking him home.
- Find a local force-free groomer.
- Look into who you will use as your pet sitter when you go on holidays.
Disclaimer: Cooper and Kids will not be liable for anything that happens to you, your dog or children by following the advice and tips in this article. If you have real concerns or worries about your dog and/or safety of your children, please seek out a professional to come and assess the situation asap.