Puppy Care – Preparing Your Home for a New Puppy
Bringing a new puppy into your home is something to look forward to; however a new puppy brings a lot of responsibility and quite a lot of work. Being prepared with some basic essentials will help your new arrival settle in as quickly as possible.
If you are a family you may want to delegate some of the responsibilities around the family, keeping everyone involved and enables your puppy to get to know the family. Everybody, including the puppy will be excited, be careful not to overwhelm your new arrival, remember your puppy has been taken away from the only environment they have known and will be a little disorientated.
Before collecting your puppy be prepared for the following:
Feeding – What food will you need?
Your puppy will need to be vaccinated and dewormed
You will need to know when your puppy will need to be vaccinated, again speak with the breeder and find out if any vaccinations have been given, you can then book your appointment with your vet.
Speak with the breeder or person who is supplying your puppy, find out what they have been fed, I would suggest feeding the same diet to begin with. If you want to change the diet introduce the new food slowly, mixing it with the food he is used to and gradually increasing the amount of food you are introducing. You don’t want to upset your puppy’s stomach, your going to have enough mess to clean up!
Other things you will need to consider:
Your puppy will need to be toilet trained, who is in charge of taking your puppy into the garden and at what times?
Who will be in charge of feeding, how often will he need to be fed. Depending on breed this can be up to 4 times a day, feeding at regular times will also help with toilet training.
Make a shopping list of things you will require, try to have a least a weeks supply so you are not caught out.
When training your puppy be consistent, the first training you will probably undertake is toilet training, you will need a routine. Whenever your puppy wakes up, finished playing or finishes his meal take him outside and you will find quite often he will go to the toilet. A dog crate or cage can be very useful at night or if you have to leave your puppy for any extended time. Dogs do not like to soil their bedding and being restricted in a small cage will stop him soiling at night quite quickly. Always use the same words when asking your puppy to do something, for example if you are teaching your dog to lie down, choose one word such as ‘lie’ as an instruction and make sure everybody in the family uses this so as not to confuse.
Write a shopping list of all the items you think you will need in the first few days, items you will require will include bedding, toys, food, grooming tools, collar and leash, chews and of course food and watering bowls.
Also make sure you house is dog friendly and your puppy will not harm himself. Electrical cables, household chemicals, anything breakable should be out of reach or you puppy may see these as a toy.
Planning and preparation from the start will help you integrate your new family member as quickly as possible, leading to a long and rewarding relationship.
Bringing a new puppy into your family home should be a rewarding experience but without some careful planning it can turn into a nightmare. Visit our website LittleBigPet | Puppy Supplies to find out more.