Bringing A New Puppy Home: Things To Do Beforehand
You’ve been counting down the weeks, hours and minutes—and now your new puppy is officially coming home! Before you collect him or her, you’ll need to make sure your home is 100% puppy-proof to keep them safe and protect your stuff. Here, Feedem explains everything you need to do before bringing a new puppy home.
Safeguarding your home
Bringing home your puppy is a lot like bringing home a new baby — you’ll need to prepare before the big day arrives:
- Possibly the biggest part of safeguarding your home is moving electrical wires out of your puppies way, as wires can lead to burns, electric shocks and even death if they’re chewed through. Where possible, keep them out of sight or enclose them in special cable case. Failing this, make sure you monitor your puppy while they play.
- Keep bathroom bins out of the way. Disposed razors and sanitary products pose a health risk to inquisitive pups.
- Ensure cleaning supplies are kept in high cupboards where your puppy can’t reach them. Even if the doors are kept shut, you never know what mischief they can get up to when your back is turned!
- If you have recliner or rocking chairs, always keep a close eye on your puppy. The moving parts can be dangerous if their tail or legs get caught in them.
- With excitable pups that like to jump around, cords on blinds and curtains should be tied up out of the way or cut through the loop.
- Tidiness is key. Don’t leave clothing lying around on the floor — we know how easily a rogue sock can go missing. Ingesting clothing can cause blockages in the intestine and general discomfort. Tidy away other small objects that your puppy may digest, like coins, needles and threads or the small parts of toys.
Things to buy
- Food and water bowls — the heavier and stronger the bowls, the better! Plastic ones are a good choice for older dogs, but for lively puppies, they’re just new toys—and easily knocked over. Instead, choose a heavier metal bowl. They’re harder for them to knock over and chew, meaning bacteria won’t grow in the chew marks they leave.
- ID tag — by law, your dog must wear an ID tag showing their name and address of the registered owner. Should your puppy wander off or get lost, it’s a good idea to include a contact number too.
- Chew toys — While your puppy is teething, they’ll look for anything to chew on. Buying a selection of chew toys will give them something to chomp on and teach them only to chew on their own toys.
- Brush — Believe it or not, brushing your puppy will help you bond. It will remind them of being with their mother, so choose a brush that’s suitable for their coat and brush them daily.
- Collar & lead — You’ll not be taking your puppy out until they’ve had all their injections, but purchasing a collar and lead is essential. Use the time to get them used to walking on a lead around the house or garden. A retractable lead and adjustable collar are good purchases.
- Bed — Pups need a lot of sleep, so purchase a comfortable crate for them to snuggle down in at night. It can be also used as an effective toilet-training tool, as dogs usually won’t dirty their beds.
From the 6th April 2017 all puppies must be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old.