Buying a puppy and bringing them home is exciting and a bit daunting.
Wherever your puppy came from the previous owner should have done a few things including organising their first puppy vaccination, started toilet training and have begun the puppies socialisation - positively introducing new situations and people.
Before bringing them home you’ll need to prepare your puppies new home by:
Providing time and space for your puppy to play, and toys to keep them stimulated.
Providing a crate, hiding places and/or cosy bed in a quiet, draft-free place where your puppy can rest undisturbed.
Taking a blanket from the puppy’s first home away with you for familiarity and comfort.
Removing anything poisonous or that you don't want them chewing.
Finding a vet, puppy classes and getting pet insurance.
When puppy first comes home you will need to expose him/her to positive experiences like:
Meeting other healthy, fully vaccinated dogs and cats.
Carrying them around outside to introduce them to new people, sights and sounds.
Gradually introducing them to the car, grooming, being handled and having their ears, eyes and other body parts checked.
You should also:
Begin to leave them alone for short periods to prevent separation related behaviour.
Establish a consistent routine and rules. Reward good behaviour and ignore bad behaviour.
Feed them the same puppy food as they had before and keep the same routine with small, regular meals.
Continuing puppy toilet training by rewarding them when they go outside.
From 12 weeks onwards your puppy can have their second vaccinations. Also ask your vet about worming, flea treatment and neutering.
Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, you can socialise them outside.
Good puppy classes are a great way to boost their confidence and learn basic training.
Knowing what your puppy likes (favourite food or toys) can motivate them during training.
Growing and learning is tiring so let them rest regularly and keep training sessions short and fun.
If your puppy’s crate trained let them use it as a safe haven.
From 6 months onwards puppies are still learning so continue reward-based training and keep all experiences positive.
Speak to your vet if you have any concerns about your puppy.
If your puppy is ready progress onto more advanced dog training classes.
Dietary needs will change and your puppy will need to gradually move to adult dog food.
If you haven’t already, ask your vet about neutering.
By keeping experiences positive from day one, you’ll help your puppy grow into a confident adult dog, making life more enjoyable for you both