Before You Bring Your Puppy Home

There are a number of things to think about, purchases to be made and tasks to be performed before returning home with your puppy.

Here is a checklist to keep you on track, you will not need all of them!

Things to have at your disposal or possibly purchase:

  • Dog bed and bedding
  • Outside kennel or shelter and warm blankets or bedding
  • Movable cushion or blanket for inside the house for your puppy to relax on wherever you are
  • Crate
  • Suitable chew toys
  • Treats
  • Dog food
  • Dog food bowl and water bowl
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Toilet pads
  • Cleaning spray
  • Grooming tools such as nail clippers, hair brush, flea comb, shampoo

Safety proof your house:

While making anything 100% safe it is worth taking a few minutes to think through some of the dangers that your puppy could face around the home.

  • Swimming pool, ponds and sources of water should be out-of-bounds. Puppies can drown easily if they fall into deep water
  • Electrical cables should be moved away around the back of desks out of range from your puppy, they seem to love chewing
  • cables. Another option is to buy the cable covers that are hard plastic and puppies can’t chew through
  • Use baby gates to close down certain areas of the house creating no go zones. Baby gates are a fantastic way to teach your puppy to be on its own for a few minutes until you return from another room. Then follow Golden Rule No.3
  • All cleaning products should be moved out-of-the-way and kept where they can’t be accessed
  • Heavy objects that may fall when pushed should be repositioned or moved out-of-the-way
  • Remove valuable and small objects from the floor
  • Make sure that toilet seats are down especially if you are isolating in the toilet or bathroom
  • Another consideration is whether your bin is up to the task, possibly turning it around to make it harder to access will buy you a few months!
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