Getting a new puppy can be an incredibly exciting time for the whole family. There’s so much to think about! What breed of dog will you be getting? Will they be male or female? What will you be naming them?
However, aside from the exciting bits, there are lots of practical things to think about including registering with a vet, getting your new pet all the items they need, and giving them the right nutrition.
To help you out before getting your new pup, we’ve put together this quick guide to welcoming a new puppy into your home. Keep reading to find out what you need to know!
Get All the Supplies
Before you pick up your new furry friend, make sure you have everything they need. Puppies actually need quite a lot of items. Different dog breeds may need different supplies but, as a general rule, you will need all of the below items:
- A bed or crate and blankets
- Food and water bowls
- Collar and name tag
- Harness and lead
- A car restraint
- Puppy food (see below)
- Dog-friendly toothpaste and shampoo
- Toilet training pads for puppies
- Poo bags
Puppy proof your home
Just like young children, young dogs will see your home as a playground. Every home is different, so do a full assessment of your home and make changes where appropriate. Here are some things to look out for:
- Remove any spiky or poisonous plants like cacti or keep them somewhere your puppy can’t reach them
- Keep all medicines, toiletries and cleaning products out of the reach of your puppy
- Make sure that all bags (hand bags, gym bags, suitcases, etc.) are properly put away when you come home
- Tidy away wires and cover your plug sockets
Find a good vet
One of the first things you should do after welcoming your new puppy is find a good local vet. Your puppy will most likely need vaccination when you get them, and they will likely need other vaccinations throughout the course of their lives, too.
Plus, accidents and illnesses do happen and being registered with a vet can make it much easier for your puppy to be booked in if and when they should need to.
Did you know that puppies need different nutrition to adult dogs? It’s true! Growing dogs have twice the energy of adult dogs and need lots of protein.
Valp Plus by Husse is an excellent, top-quality dry food for puppies and has everything they need to grow into healthy dogs.
It contains calcium and phosphorus for bones and teeth and Vitamin D to help them absorb the calcium and phosphorus, and is enriched with Vitamins A and E to boost their immune system.
High in animal protein, this formula is based on chicken, rice and maize and contains fructo-oligosaccharides and mannan-oligosaccharides for good digestion.
Our dog and puppy foods are tailored to different dog sizes and dietary requirements – take a look around our dog food section to see which food best suits your dog.
Set your boundaries
It’s really important that you set your boundaries from the beginning, or else your pup may get confused. For example, if you don’t want your new puppy to go on the sofa or sleep in your bed, that should be the case from day one and stuck to! If you let your puppy on the sofa or bed every once in a while, it will only confuse them, so set and stick to the rules.
Toilet train them
To make things easier on everyone, you should begin toilet training your puppy as soon as possible. Some puppies learn quicker than others, but it can take a few months to completely toilet train your new addition. This guide to toilet training your puppy by RSPCA Pet Insurance will help you along your toilet training journey.
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