Preparing your home for your new puppy
Before you arrive home with your new puppy, there are several necessary checks and changes that you can make to ensure that your puppy will be safe in their new space.
Puppy-proofing your home
There are several hazards inside your home. By doing some simple ‘puppy-proofing’ in advance you can make sure that you're prepared for your new puppy's arrival.
Once preparations have been made indoors, checks should be carried out on any outside spaces your puppy will have access to.
Essential items for your puppy
Here is a checklist of essential items that you will need before your new puppy arrives.
Having all the basic items prepared in advance will help your new puppy adjust more easily as you introduce them to their new home.
Choose a toothbrush, toothpaste and shampoo that is specially designed for dogs.
Puppies have very delicate digestive systems and sudden changes in their diet can cause digestive upsets or food aversion. For this reason, it’s best to feed your puppy the same food it has been fed for the first few days while they settle. Then you can slowly introduce your choice of puppy food that should support your puppy's growth. We recommend Purina Pro-Plan Puppy Food and Royal Canin Puppy Food.
Preparing your family & pets for puppy’s arrival:
There’s lots to consider when bringing a puppy into your household to ensure everyone stays safe and your puppy settles in smoothly. Prepare the best way to introduce your puppy to children, older family members, visitors, and existing pets.
Finding a great veterinarian, who you can trust to help your puppy grow into a healthy adult, is an important aspect of being a pet owner. It’s best to find one before you pick up your puppy because they will need a check-up a day or two after they arrive.
What to bring to pick up your puppy
There are a few important things to take with you when you pick up your puppy to help them stay safe and feel more comfortable on the trip home. These include:
A leash and an adjustable collar, or harness
Keep your puppy safe when walking them to and from the car.
A blanket or toy
Give a blanket or toy to your puppy's mother for a while to collect their scent. This should help keep your puppy calm on the way home.
A bottle of water and a bowl
Make sure your puppy is hydrated on the journey home.
It's good to reward your puppy for being well-behaved early on so bring treats and keep them occupied with something to chew on.
Poop bags and cleaning supplies
When you pick up your puppy, they're unlikely to be house broken, so be prepared for potential accidents.
An appropriately sized crate
This is an important item, especially if you're picking them up in a car on your own.
(list originally created by Royal Canin)
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