How to prepare for a puppy
If you’re getting a new puppy, then you probably can’t contain your excitement. You’re imagining days in the park with your new pup, evenings at home playing fetch in the garden and even cold winter nights curled up on the sofa together.
With National Puppy Day on the horizon (23rd March), there’s never been a better time to think about getting a new puppy to join the family.
Here are our top tips for preparing for the latest member of your clan…
>> Food and water bowls
It’s important to get the basics right. Invest in heavy-bottomed ceramic or stainless steel food and water bowls for your puppy. Plastic feeding bowls might end up as impromptu chew toys, so investing in a durable set of food and water bowls from the start will save you money (and spills!) down the line.
>> Chew toy
If there’s one thing that’s certain in life, it’s that your new puppy will want to chew here, there and everywhere. If you’re worried about your pup chewing on your furniture, then why not give it a chew toy in the hope that it’ll be all chewed out before it gets to the upholstery?
>> A collar and lead
“Walkies” will quickly become your puppy’s favourite word. So don’t skimp when you buy a collar and lead because your new puppy will need plenty of fresh air and exercise as it grows! Don’t forget to invest in an ID tag for your dog’s collar. All dogs must wear one by law and it should show both the owner’s name and address. For ease, it could be useful to add your phone number, too. That way if you do lose track of your dog in the park, it’ll be simpler for someone to contact you so your pup can find its way home.
When it comes to sleeping, you need to make sure you’ve considered purchasing a bed for your new pup. Consider all the options and make sure you invest in a bed that will fit them now – and in the future. Just like babies, puppies can grow pretty quickly!
>> Puppy-proof the house
You know when people have babies and they start ‘baby-proofing’ their homes? Well, a puppy is a baby of sorts, and you might want to think about ‘puppy-proofing’ your home to make sure your new pet can’t hurt itself, as well as protect any valuable belongings from damage. It could be worth investing in a stair gate, for example, then you can keep anything you don’t want covered with puppy slobber safe upstairs.
>> First vet visit
Once your puppy has arrived, there are many practical things you need to consider: from its first pet visit, to microchipping and neutering. As of 2016, all dogs in England must be microchipped, with owners who don’t comply facing fines of up to £500. So make sure that you add ‘vet visit’ to the top of your puppy checklist.
When your puppy arrives at your home, it will experience a lot of change. One of the things that it’s easy and affordable to keep consistent is food. Ask the breeder or shelter what they’ve been feeding it and you can make the first few weeks a little less stressful for your pup by giving it the nosh it’s used to.
>> Pet insurance
The last thing you’ll be thinking of is something bad happening. However, it’s vital to consider pet insurance early on so you factor it into your monthly ‘puppy budget’. Pet insurance can be invaluable if your puppy becomes unwell. If something unfortunate does happen down the line, it could help you with the cost of replacing your beloved pet.
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