Preparing for Your New Puppy

Preparing for Your New Puppy

After you have done your research and asked all the right questions, prepare a checklist of the things you are going to need to get and do before you pick him up.

Write a Budget

First things first, write a budget, for me this is one of the most important things you are going to do. There are numerous costs associated with pet ownership, and maintaining the welfare and wellbeing of your dog. Often the biggest financial commitments you make will be made in the first two years of your dogs life. In order that the enjoyment of your new puppy is never tampered by the cost of caring for him or her, it always pays to know what those costs are in advance, so that you can budget for them in your day to day living expenses. Follow this link to a budgeting tool that can help you financially plan for your dogs needs.

Shopping List

Once you have written your budget you can draft a shopping list of all the supplies you need to purchase; water bowls, chew toys, collar & leash, crate, basic grooming supplies, bedding, and gates, not to mention the all important food. Pre-puppy shopping allows you to take you’re your time, ask some questions, and find the products that are within your budget. The following link takes you to the Doggle Mall, which includes a number of online pet supply shops, where you might find what you are looking for. Ask our Nutritionist if you have any questions about what to feed your pup, how often and how much.

Puppy Proof the House and Your Garden

Before a new puppy ever crosses the threshold of your home, you want to make sure your house and garden are puppy proof. In every area that’s accessible to your puppy, get close to the ground and take a look around. Put things that are unsafe or off-limits out of reach, and check for objects that could be invitingly chewable.

  • Put away floor plants, decorations, shoes, and clothing
  • Secure tablecloths, runners, or other hanging material
  • Put away objects on coffee tables, end tables, and low furniture
  • Put away anything breakable, particularly if it’s at tail level
  • Lock up cupboards and secure hazardous materials
  • Secure phone wires and electric cords
  • Have children put away toys and any parts or accessories
  • Protect anything made of wood including table and chair legs
  • Cordon off the areas you do not want you dog using - shut doors, gates etc.

Set the Rules

Although parents are the true caretakers of their children’s pets, in order to keep the environment happy and calm for the arrival of your new puppy, it is important to set some ground rules so that everyone knows their boundaries.

Puppies are not toys, so teach your kids dog etiquette to prevent anything harmful happening to your children or your puppy.

  • Never leave your kids unsupervised with a puppy or dog
  • Never bother a dog when he is sleeping or eating
  • Never sneak up on a dog
  • Never act aggressively toward a dog
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