In many ways, preparing to bring your new puppy home isn’t dissimilar to preparing for a new baby- there are a lot of things to think about! First among your preparations is of course making sure that your home is ready for the puppy before it arrives.
Puppies sleep a lot! So you’re puppy is going to need somewhere to sleep! When buying a bed, it’s a good idea to keep a couple of things in mind: namely, that your puppy is going to grow, and quickly at that! So make sure to buy a bed a size or two larger than you need at the moment to accommodate your puppy’s growth.
Secondly, did you know that puppies, like babies, also teethe? This means that they do a lot of chewing and so it’s likely that a traditional dog bed won’t last for very long. As a consequence, it may be worth investing in a Vetbed. This is a type of bedding used by vets to make dogs feel relaxed and comfortable when receiving treatment, but they’re also available to buy in many pet shops. Vetbeds have the benefit of being both comfortable and hygienic, with most being machine-washable. They’re also great for making a puppy crate cosier.
Dogs have a natural instinct to create dens; therefore a large part of creating a safe and secure environment for your puppy is having some space for them to retreat to. Puppy crates can provide this space and have also become a must-have training tool for dog owners over the last several years.
Since dogs generally dislike soiling where they sleep, keeping your puppy in its crate for short periods of time can help to control toileting and also act as a safe way to transport your puppy or keep it contained. This is provided that your puppy is introduced to the crate gradually and with care, so if you’re planning on using a crate with your puppy, make sure you know everything you can about crate training beforehand so you’re confident in what to do once your puppy arrives.
When choosing a crate, make sure that it is large enough for your puppy to stand up in and that there’s room for toys and feeding bowls. Similarly to choosing a bed, make sure that you take your dog’s growth into account as this will save you from having to buy a larger crate once your puppy gets a bit bigger.
If you have any trouble crate training your puppy or would like some assistance, Dogs School offer private one-on-one training sessions to cater to you and your dog’s own individual needs. If you would like to find out more, give us call on 07821 543388 or drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be delighted to help!
When you get your puppy, there may be some parts of the house you’d like to keep them out of, particularly when they’re still being toilet trained! Putting up a baby gate or two can be a handy way of stopping your puppy from roaming too far, or blocking off areas that aren’t puppy-proofed. This can also be a good way of laying down boundaries for your puppy so they know where they can and can’t go as they get older.
Food and Water Bowls
When buying food and water bowls, make sure they’re heavy and either ceramic or stainless steel as this will stop your puppy from tipping them over. Plastic bowls should be avoided as your puppy is likely to chew on them and any bites and scratches on the surface will in turn create a breeding ground for bacteria.
With a growing puppy on your hands, it’s crucial that you make sure they get the right food for their developmental stage. To make the process of settling your puppy in easier, check with your breeder or the shelter you plan on rescuing your puppy from to find out what your puppy has been eating up to now and stick with that at least for the first week or so. After that, if you need to make any changes to their diet, you should do so gradually to avoid an upset stomach.
It’s recommended that you feed your puppy specially formulated foods for puppies, which you can buy at any pet shop. There are several dog food brands which offer different options according to the ‘life stage’ of your puppy or dog.
When it comes to training your puppy, a good supply of treats is an absolute must. Puppies and dogs learn best through positive reinforcement, and what better way to reward good behaviour than what canines love best- food!
Pet shops will generally have a very large selection of treats for dogs and it will be useful to stock up before bringing your puppy home so that you can start on training him or her straight away.
A Collar and Lead
You won’t be able to take your puppy out and about until they’ve had all the necessary vaccinations. However, getting your puppy into a collar and practising with the lead indoors will be really beneficial when it comes to training your puppy to walk well on the lead when it comes to going outside.
When they’re not sleeping- which you’ll find they do a lot- puppies are full of energy! Therefore, it’s important to keep them stimulated with a variety of different toys. As we mentioned before, puppies love to chew things and they also experience teething, so make sure you have plenty of chew toys available to them, as well as toys that encourage interaction and bonding with you, such as tugs and balls.
When choosing toys for your dog, make sure they are an appropriate size to avoid any choking hazards. Similarly, if your dog destroys one of its toys, take it away, as frayed edges and lose components can pose a risk to your puppy if swallowed.
Training your puppy, particularly if you’re a first-time dog owner, can be challenging. So, if you’ve recently got a new puppy, why not consider bringing them along to Dog School and learning a few tips and tricks from our team of professional trainers? Our classes are just £60 for a 6 week course, not only that but we can also offer you a FREE consultation to assess your dog and its needs. Want to find out more? Contact us today on 07821 543388 and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.