There are lots of things to think about before bringing your new puppy into your home. It is important to make sure that the environment is as safe as possible for the new arrival. To do this, it is a good idea to get down on your hands and knees to see a ‘puppy’s eye view’ of your house. You are more likely to see any gaps or wires that your puppy may find interesting. Make sure that any cables and wires are securely attached to the wall, or preferably hidden behind chew-proof material. Ensure that the garden is secure with no gaps in fencing, or puppy-sized spaces in the gate – attach chicken-wire to any open-framed gates to keep puppy inside.
Collect all your puppy’s equipment together before bringing him home. Don’t spend too much money on good-quality equipment at this stage. Wait until your puppy has grown out of the chewing stage, otherwise a lot of your well-earned cash may be wasted!
The basic needs of your new puppy are:
- A soft collar and lead
- A bed – a cardboard box cut to the right shape with a chew-proof vet-bed or similar is ideal
- Toys – make sure they are appropriate for your puppy’s size and not destroyed easily
- Water bowl
- Food bowl or other dispenser – if you are intending feeding dry food, you may prefer to feed this from a food dispenser ball to encourage your puppy to exercise while eating
- A soft toothbrush and doggy toothpaste – get your puppy used to having his teeth brushed daily from the start and reduce your vet bills for dental treatment in the future
- A puppy crate – provide a safe haven for your puppy and enable easy transportation
Last modified: 2011-09-17