How exciting a new puppy! Be prepared for a challenging and hugely rewarding time. By being prepared, your puppy will settle in faster and it will be a lot more fun and enjoyable. That’s why it is important to remember the 5 P’s – Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
There’s lots of things to do before you bring your puppy home. So to make sure you’re ready for their arrival you need to do a few things first. Of course you need to buy equipment for them, but you need to do some preparations at home too. Key things to consider are:
A crate is an invaluable tool when housebreaking a puppy. It also provides your young dog with a sense of security when you are busy or away. However, introduce a crate gradually at first and never leave a puppy in a crate longer than 4-5 hours.
Bedding should be thick enough for comfort and sized appropriately for the breed. Be aware that some puppies that are left unattended for too long may chew their bedding.
Baby gates serve as a great training tool to block off “restricted” areas of the house and help to teach your puppy what areas are off limits.
An odour and stain eliminator is a cleaner you will want on hand for those inevitable toileting accidents.
Dog-appropriate toys. Never use old clothing or shoes as a toy. A a puppy cannot differentiate between your old and newly bought items. Rubber dog toys are often more durable. Stick with size-appropriate toys for your breed.
Two dog bowls: one for water and one for quality food. Consult your veterinarian for food recommendations.
A well-fitted collar and lead are a must for training and safety during outdoor excursions. Avoid chain leads a soft cotton lead is a better alternative.
Council regulations may require you to microchip your puppy and pay registration fees.
Brushes and dog shampoo will eventually be needed for every breed. Puppies tend to be very adventurous so there may be some mud and puddle incidents.
Find a Vet – A veterinarian should be researched and chosen beforehand. Introduce your new puppy early to the vet and learn what vaccinations he will need.
Remove potential hazards –anything that would make an enticing chew toy – such as power cords, potted house plants, shoes and clothing and anything “bite-size” that could be ingested by a curious puppy. Outside, remove small rocks, sticks, fertilisers, gardening tools and equipment. Also, be mindful of toxic household and garage items, such as antifreeze, detergents and tobacco products. Move anything cherished or breakable to higher ground.
Get on your hands and knees – at the puppy’s view – to look for potential problems. If you think an item could be a hazard, remove it.