New Puppy Checklist -
Prepare the essentials for your Puppy's arrival

Preparing for a puppy is an exciting time indeed when you think about all the good things you will soon be sharing. However, while joy, surprises and fulfilment are just around the corner, challenges and stress might already be crawling at the back of your mind when you start thinking about all the things you need for a puppy.

We’ve prepared the puppy essentials list for you to make welcoming your new puppy a breeze! From what to buy for a puppy, to tips on puppy-proofing your house and garden and a nutrition guide, you’ll soon know what you need so both of you can settle fast and start enjoying your new life together without stress! First, let’s start with a few key things that need to be ready before you bring your new puppy home.

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Your puppy’s checklist:

✓ Your puppy’s essentials

Comfortable and easy-to-clean bedding

Puppy mats until your puppy is toilet trained

A crate to create a safe space for your pet

Three glass or stainless-steel bowls, for water, kibble and wet food

Toys to keep your puppy entertained and stimulated

A collar and a lead, that will grow with your pet

Grooming kit such as brushes and dog specific shampoo adapted to your puppy’s coat. Ask your vet for recommendations

Dog specific toothbrush and toothpaste adapted for puppies

Cleaning supplies which are puppy safe

A car harness for transport

✓ Your to do list

1 - Puppy-proof your home and garden to make their new environment safe and comfortable. Make their space cosy and comfy

2 - Choose a puppy specific food, tailored to their growth stage, jaw size and unique nutritional needs

3 - There are things you can do to make feeding puppies easy. Start by asking the breeder or their previous owner what they have been eating and preparing the transition to their new diet. Discover how to prepare your puppy’s food and buy the right diet

4 – Prepare your family to meet the new member of the family. Now that you have an idea of the important steps you need to take before you bring home a puppy, let’s deep dive into each one. The more prepared you are, the better you will be able to create the perfect environment for your puppy to blossom, thrive and be healthy today and for life.

Now that you have an idea of the important steps you need to take before you bring home a puppy, let’s deep dive into each one. The more prepared you are, the better you will be able to create the perfect environment for your puppy to blossom, thrive and be healthy today and for life.

1 – Preparing for puppy by proofing your home

Start by creating a safe space for your new puppy so they can explore as soon as they are moving in, without risking injuries or hazards. Remember that puppies grow at an incredibly fast pace and what they can’t reach today might become accessible overnight, so it’s important to prepare every space of your home, both indoor and outdoor.

Create a stress-free environment for blooming experience. As we say, the devil is in the details so it’s now time to put your puppy “eyes” on!

Keep distractions away

Your puppy might see everything in your house as their new favourite chewing toy. It’s important to make sure treasured objects and decorative items are out of reach to avoid creating unnecessary tension or conflict. Providing specific puppy chewing toys can also help keep them distracted from your favourite shoes or ottoman.

Key points of vigilance that need your attention in your house and garden:

1. Τοξικά οικιακά φυτά

Πολλά συνηθισμένα φυτά εσωτερικού χώρου είναι πολύ επικίνδυνα για σκύλους και κουτάβια, όπως είναι οι κρίνοι, η αλόε βέρα, ο κισσός, η ντιφενμπάχια, το καλάδιο, ο πόθος, η ζάμια, το κυκλάμινο. Το καλύτερο είναι είτε να κρατήσετε όλα τα φυτά εσωτερικών χώρων μακριά από το κουτάβι σας, είτε να κάνετε εξετάσετε εκ νέου για να βεβαιωθείτε ότι τα δικά σας δεν αποτελούν απειλή γι 'αυτό.

2. Επικίνδυνες ουσίες

Φυλάξτε τα χημικά, τα καθαριστικά, τα φάρμακα και τις λοιπές τοξικές ουσίες σε σημείο που δεν φτάνει το κουτάβι ή τοποθετήστε παιδικές ασφάλειες στα ντουλάπια σας, αν είναι απαραίτητο. Τα ανταλλακτικά ηλεκτρονικού τσιγάρου και τα καθαριστικά οθόνης είναι γνωστό ότι είναι ιδιαίτερα επιβλαβή για τους σκύλους.

3. Κίνδυνοι

Τα κουτάβια μπορεί εύκολα να πέσουν ή να κολλήσουν κάπου όσο εξερευνούν. Για να τα κρατήσετε ασφαλή, χρησιμοποιήστε πύλες στις σκάλες, κρατάτε τα παράθυρα και τις εξωτερικές πόρτες κλειστές και ασφαλίστε τυχόν μπαλκόνια. Επίσης, βεβαιωθείτε ότι δεν υπάρχουν κενά μέσα στα οποία μπορούν να στριμωχτούν και να κολλήσουν.

4. Ηλεκτρικά καλώδια και πρίζες

Είναι πολύ δελεαστικό για τα κουτάβια να μασήσουν τα ηλεκτρικά καλώδια, ενώ μπορεί επίσης να μπλεχτούν σε αυτά. Κρύψτε τα χρησιμοποιώντας δεματικά καλωδίων ή καπάκια και επίσης καλύψτε τις πρίζες με καπάκια.

5. Μικρά αντικείμενα

Στα κουτάβια αρέσει να εξερευνούν πράγματα με το στόμα τους, οπότε απομακρύνετε τυχόν μικρά αντικείμενα που θα μπορούσαν να μασήσουν ή να καταπιούν. Αυτό περιλαμβάνει τα παιχνίδια των παιδιών, τις πινέζες, τις πλαστικές σακούλες και τα λαστιχάκια. Επίσης, κρύψτε οτιδήποτε άλλο δεν θα θέλατε να μασήσει ο σκύλος σας, όπως τα παπούτσια σας.

1. Φράκτης και πύλες

Πριν φτάσει το νέο κουτάβι σας στο σπίτι, φροντίστε να μην υπάρχουν κενά στον φράκτη ή τις πύλες του κήπου σας. Και ελέγξτε ότι δεν υπάρχουν περιοχές κάτω από τις οποίες θα μπορούσε να σκάψει το κουτάβι σας ή να σκαρφαλώσει για να διαφύγει.

2. Τοξικά φυτά κήπου

Όπως και με τα φυτά εσωτερικού χώρου, υπάρχει ένας μακρύς κατάλογος φυτών εξωτερικού χώρου που είναι δηλητηριώδη για σκύλους. Περιλαμβάνουν φυτά όπως ο φίκος, το αρκουδοπούρναρο, το γκι, το φιλόδενδρο, ο νάρκισσος, ο υάκινθος, η ίριδα, η αζαλέα, το ροδόδενδρο, η πικροδάφνη, το αλεξανδρινό και το μοσχομπίζελο. Εάν έχετε δηλητηριώδη φυτά στον κήπο σας, θα χρειαστεί να επιβλέπετε το κουτάβι για να βεβαιωθείτε ότι δεν τα πλησιάζει.

3. Εργαλεία και μικρά αντικείμενα

Όπως ισχύει και για τη λήψη των κατάλληλων μέτρων προφύλαξης εντός σπιτιού, απομακρύνετε από τον κήπο σας τα διάφορα μικρά αντικείμενα που θα μπορούσε να καταπιεί το κουτάβι ή να πνιγεί με αυτά. Επίσης, φυλάξτε και κλειδώστε τα εργαλεία κηπουρικής, και ειδικά όσα είναι αιχμηρά.

4. Επικίνδυνες ουσίες

Φυλάσσετε όλα τα χημικά κήπου, όπως λιπάσματα, εντομοκτόνα, μπογιές και διαλύτες μακριά από το κουτάβι, σε κλειδωμένο χώρο.

2 - Preparing for puppy by making their new space comfortable and practical

As a new member of the household, your puppy deserves a welcoming and comfortable area specially designed for them so they can eat, rest and play peacefully.

Create a resting space for your new puppy – A crate can be great to give them a secure base to explore from. Make sure it’s in a quiet place where they won’t be disturbed or in the way, with puppy-safe blankets and bedding to keep them warm and comfy. If you need to share your bedroom with them because of a lack of space, it’s important to give them a safe area where they can rest at other times, especially if you’re not planning on giving them full access to the bedroom during the day.

Find the perfect place for their meals – Ideally your puppy will eat in a different place to their sleeping area and your eating area. It should be a quiet space, where their bowls can be spread out enough to avoid food or water contamination. Puppies are clever, so make sure their food is out of reach.

It should be a quiet space, where their bowls can be spread out enough to keep their water clean and the food free of water to avoid moulding.

3 - Preparing for puppy by getting the right food

As lively as they can be, puppies are still babies, and their digestive system is delicate and fragile. Sudden changes in dogs' diet can upset their stomach and guts and even make them wary of their food, and this can be even more an issue with puppies that are still babies and have a delicate and fragile digestive system in development. That’s why, while they settle in, it’s best to feed your puppy the same food their previous owner fed them for the first few days. After that you can gradually introduce specific puppy food to support their growth and fulfil their unique needs. Learn everything you need to know about their diet today so you can feed them perfectly tomorrow and forever. Having the right diet with specific nutrients for puppies is crucial to support their health, growth and development. At each stage of growth, dogs need specific nutrients in precise quantities according to their breed and size. We recommend selecting a high-quality puppy food based on your puppy’s age and expected adult size. Also remember that adult food is not only nutritionally not adapted to puppies but also that the kibble size is way too big for puppies’ small jaws and may lead to chocking in the worst case.

4 - Preparing for puppy by making sure everyone is ready to meet the newbie

Preparing your home and getting the right items are important, but it’s not what matters most when you start thinking of getting a dog. The commitment you and your family have to your new puppy is the key to their wellbeing. Indeed, becoming a pet owner can be really rewarding, but it’s also a great responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It takes time and money. Responsible pet ownership is key, and it encompass a wide range of duties. From daily walks, to training time and their feeding routine; everyone in the household has a part to play in the health and wellbeing of your pet during their puppyhood and well after - for life. Having a plan for all the “what ifs” is the way to go. Grooming, playing, caring for their needs, providing some affection... Everyone at home must be prepared and ready to invest time and resources caring for the newbie. This is what it takes for the invaluable joy a new puppy will bring to your home!

5 - Preparing for puppy by finding your vet

You and your vet form the perfect team to monitor, protect and enhance your puppy’s wellbeing and general health. In fact, the vet is the perfect ally to help you become a guardian of your puppy's health and wellbeing. From their first complete health check to their vaccination schedule and first emergencies, your local clinic can assist you on caring for your pet and answer all your itchy, scratchy and furry questions. Ready to find a vet? Use our tool to find the closest one to you.

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