The first thing to do is properly “puppyproof” your home and make sure that your garden is completely secure. You may want to invest in a baby stair gate to stop him from going upstairs (And thus possibly falling down them). I also found that a net or cage under the letterbox was an essential, as puppies certainly do like to chew… even more so when it’s an important letter!
When it comes to your garden, make sure that your gate closes securely. You might want to install a bolt-style lock at the top of any wooden gates and chicken wire will stop a puppy slipping through any railings. You’ll also want to ensure that there are no gaps underneath any fencing or gates. Again, chicken wire placed under some soil will stop your puppy from digging under any fencing.
Now that your house is all ready, it’s time to go shopping! Your puppy will be nervous during his first few nights in a new home away from their parents and siblings, so the more prepared you are, the more relaxed he will be. This shopping list isn’t exhaustive, rather just the essentials that you shouldn’t be without.
- Food and water bowls – Plastic or ceramic is good, but the water bowl should be always available.
- Puppy food – available as dry or canned.
- Collar and a lead - Even though he won't be able to go outdoors until vaccinated, a lead will make trips to the vets much easier!
- Puppy shampoo
- A towel – this can be an old one of yours, just be aware that it may get destroyed!
- A puppy brush – even short haired dogs need to be brushed, especially after a bath. A brush with softer bristles is better for a puppy.
- Puppy treats – Ideal for making training much easier!
- Puppy toys and chews – Your puppy WILL want to chew anything and everything, so make sure that he has plenty of toys to keep them entertained.
You may also want to pick up items like a crate or pen, as well as toilet training pads.Now that you’re all prepared, you just have to wait for the little bundle of fun to arrive! If you think we’ve left something off of our list or you have some great tips for puppyproofing, be sure to share them with us! Comment below, or chat to us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+!