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 your home's safe and secure before you bring home your new arrival. Here's our checklist to help you prepare your home for your puppy.
1. Toxic houseplants
Many common houseplants are very dangerous for dogs and puppies, including, lilies, aloe vera, ivy, dieffenbachia, caladium, pothos, zamioculcas, cyclamen. It’s best to either keep all houseplants out of the way of 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 screen wash 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 there are no spaces they can squeeze into and then get stuck.
4. Electrical cables and outlets
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 electrical outlets 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, drawing pins, plastic bags, and elastic bands. Also hide away anything else you wouldn’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 sultanas (consult your vet for a full list). To be safe, keep all food out of your puppy’s reach and make sure your family knows to only feed them their puppy food.
How to puppy-proof your yard
Your puppy will enjoy spending time outdoors, so you’ll need to make sure your yard’s safe for them to explore too. Here are some important things to consider.
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 skeptical about their food. For this reason, it’s best to feed your puppy the same food as their previous care taker 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.
Preparing your family and pets for your puppy
There are plenty of things 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.Preparing your family