Preparing for your puppy’s arrival
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 that your home is safe and secure before picking up your new pet. Here’s our checklist to help you prepare your home for your puppy.
1. Toxic house plants
Many common house plants are very dangerous for dogs and puppies, including, lilies, aloe vera, ivy, dieffenbachia, caladium, pothos, zamioculcas and cyclamen. It’s best to either keep all house plants away from your puppy, or double check to make sure yours don’t pose a threat for them.
2. Dangerous substances
Store chemicals, cleaning products, medicines and other toxic substances out of reach, or use child locks on your cupboards if needed. E-cigarette refills and windshield washer fluid are known to be particularly harmful for dogs.
Puppies can easily fall or get stuck while they’re exploring. To keep them safe, use stair gates, keep windows and external doors closed, and secure any balconies. Also make sure that there are no spaces they can squeeze into and get stuck in.
4. Electrical cables and sockets
Electrical cables are very tempting for puppies to chew on and they can also get tangled in them. Hide yours away by using cable ties or covers, and also shield plug sockets with covers.
5. Small objects
Puppies like to explore things with their mouths, so put away any small items they could chew or swallow. This includes children’s toys, thumbtacks, plastic bags and rubber bands. Also hide anything else you don’t want your puppy to chew, such as your shoes.
6. Poisonous foods
Some of the foods we enjoy can be very harmful or even fatal for your puppy. The most known toxic foods include chocolate, coffee, avocados, grapes and raisins (consult your veterinarian for a full list). To be safe, keep all food out of your puppy’s reach and make sure your family and friends understand that they should only feed them their puppy food.
How to puppy-proof your backyard
Your puppy will enjoy spending time outdoors, so you’ll need to make sure your backyard's safe for them to explore too. Here are some important things to consider.
Choose the right puppy food
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.
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 in smoothly.
Learn the best way to introduce your puppy to children, older family members, visitors and existing pets.Preparing your family