So, you’ve made the decision to buy or adopt a puppy! It has been scientifically proven that dogs are good for the soul, and what better way to enter your home than being greeted by a puppy who is delighted to see you. But there are lots of things to consider when welcoming a new pooch into your home.
- Puppy-proof your home!
The number one thing to do before bringing your new pet home is puppy-proofing everywhere! Make sure you have no gaps in fences or hedges where your little one can escape. B&Q do fantastic mesh wire which is very easy to install as a temporary measure until your puppy is fully trained. You also need to read up on poisonous plants as there may be some in your garden or inside your home that are harmful to pets.
Next is inside the house – you need to pick an area inside the home where your puppy will sleep. Ideally not next to a draughty door but also cool enough so your pup doesn’t overheat. You might want to consider purchasing some anti-chew spray for any furniture that you want to deter your puppy from chewing, as some breeds do like to gnaw on sofa legs, tables or anything else in sight while teething!
- Stock up on the essentials
You’ll need to make sure you have everything ready in your home to get your puppy settled quickly – the right food, bowls, toys and chews and don’t forget the poo bags! It would be an idea to contact your breeder to ask if they are able to provide a blanket from the puppy’s mother – the scent of the mother and her litter will help ease the transition of moving home and get your new pet settled quickly.
- Do your homework
Ideally, you’ll have already read up on your selected breed before buying your new pet, but if you haven’t – now is the time! You need to know what behaviours to expect and make sure you’ve done your research on hints and tips to help your puppy settle into its new home as easily as possible.
- Training is key
Lastly, it is worth researching local dog trainers or schools in your area who may be able to help train your new pet to not pull on the lead or jump up at people. The latter is particularly important if you have children in your home who may be frightened by a new animal. If you don’t want to use a trainer, fear not, as there are various guides online of how to train your puppy in the comfort of your own home using positive reinforcement and treats!