Preparing for your puppy’s arrival
Welcoming a new puppy is an exciting, challenging and hugely rewarding time. If you’re well prepared, you can help your puppy settle faster and it’ll be more enjoyable for you too.
Getting ready for your puppy
How to puppy-proof your home
Puppies are curious and love to explore, so it’s important you make sure your home’s safe and secure for before you collect your new arrival. Here’s our checklist to help you prepare your home for your puppy.
4.Electrical cables and sockets
How to puppy-proof your garden
Your puppy will enjoy spending time outdoors, so you’ll need to make sure your garden’s safe for them to explore too. Here are some important things to consider.
1.Fencing and gates
2.Toxic garden plants
5.Tools and small objects
Things you'll need for your puppy
Choose the right puppy food
Puppies have very delicate digestive systems and sudden changes in their diet can cause digestive upsets or even make them wary of their food. For this reason, it’s best to feed your puppy the same food as their previous owner for the first few days while they settle. Then you can slowly introduce your choice of puppy food that should support your puppy's growth.
Having the right diet is crucial for a puppy’s health, growth and development. At each stage, they need specific nutrients in precise quantities according to their breed size. So we recommend selecting a high quality puppy food based on your puppy’s age and expected adult size.
How to switch to new puppy food
When you’re ready to move to a new puppy food, make the transition slowly over a week-long period.
The importance of puppy nutrition
Learn how crucial your puppy’s diet is in helping them grow into healthy adults.
Preparing your family and pets for your puppy
There’s lots to consider when bringing a puppy into your household to ensure everyone stays safe and your puppy settles smoothly.
Learn the best way to introduce your puppy to children, older family members, visitors and existing pets.
How to find a vet
Finding a vet
What should you consider
One of the best ways to find a good vet is to ask friends and family for recommendations. You should also consider a vet’s:
- Location – can you get there easily?
- Premises – is it well equipped, well maintained and clean?
- Services – are out-of-hours and preventative services available?
Meet your vet first
It’s worth meeting the vet too before you decide so you can make sure they’re a good fit for you.
Once you’ve chosen a vet, make sure you and your family have easy access to the emergency number in case you ever need it.
Find a vet
It's important to have identified a local vet before collecting your puppy. Find a vet near you.
Collecting and welcoming your puppy
The first days together with your pet are a chance to create a healthy foundation for their future.