Bringing a new puppy home
1st April 2016
If you’ve decided to get a puppy, it’s important that your home is ready for him before you bring him home.
Have a food bowl, water bowl, bed, a leash and toys all out ready for him. Puppies love to chew so make sure there are no cables or small objects lying around for your puppy to get his teeth into and put household cleaning products in a cupboard out of reach.
Within your family, decide amongst yourselves who will be in charge of your puppy’s care. Decide who will feed, water and walk the new puppy so there’s no confusion. If you have young children make sure they know how to behave around the new puppy and to not treat him like a toy. Teach your children not to wear him out too much and to recognise when he needs a rest.
The first few nights may be difficult for your puppy so you may hear him whining. Don’t be tempted to check on him whilst he is making noise. Instead, wait until he has stopped whining and then see how he’s doing. He will then realise that being quiet represents good behaviour.
Be prepared for a couple of toileting accidents indoors whilst your puppy acclimatises and before he has been properly toilet trained. If he does have an accident indoors, ignore him and praise him when he goes to the toilet outside. Reprimanding bad behaviour can make your puppy feel anxious rather than training him not to do something.
Introducing your puppy to your dog
If you already have a dog, be sensitive to both dogs’ temperaments and introduce the new puppy to your dog gradually. Having them both on a leash will allow you to intervene more easily if necessary. It’s important not to neglect your dog because he may become jealous of the new puppy.
Microchip your puppy
Make arrangements to have your puppy microchipped if he hasn’t been already. From 6th April 2016, it will be the law in the UK for all dogs to be microchipped. Familiarise yourself with your nearest veterinary practice so you know where to go when your puppy needs to see a vet.
Pet insurance for your puppy
Seriously consider getting pet insurance for your new puppy. If your puppy ever has an accident or becomes ill, pet insurance will cover the cost of potentially expensive veterinary treatment.