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Planning for a puppy

Preparing for a puppy involves several steps to ensure you have everything you need to provide a safe and comfortable environment for your new addition. Here's a checklist to help you prepare:

  1. Puppy-proof your home: Remove hazards such as toxic plants, household chemicals, wires, or small items that can be chewed on or swallowed.

  2. Get the necessary supplies: Purchase essential supplies, including food and water bowls, a comfortable bed, a crate or playpen, toys, grooming supplies, and puppy food. It's also a good idea to have puppy pads or a designated toilet area. I have a section dedicated to recommended products here.

  3. Set up a designated space: Create a cosy and secure area for your puppy to sleep and relax. This can be a crate or a gated area. Make sure to have it where you sleep so they aren't alone, and you can get up and take them out to the toilet before they become distressed.

  4. Research and choose a veterinarian: Look for a reputable vet in your area and schedule your puppy's first check-up. Ask for recommendations and make sure the vet will be using the same brand or compatible vaccination schedule.

  5. Prepare a feeding schedule: Talk to your breeder about the schedule the puppy has been on. If you are choosing to change food, then let your puppy settle in at home for at least 3-4 days before starting the switch. appropriate type and amount of food for your puppy's age and breed. Establish a feeding schedule and stick to it to help with potty training.

  6. Arrange for toilet training: Decide on the toilet training method you will use and establish a routine. Take your puppy outside frequently, especially after meals and naps, and reward them for successful toilet breaks.

  7. Plan for socialisation: Socialisation is crucial for a puppy's development. Make a plan to expose your puppy to various people, sounds, and environments gradually and positively. Consider enrolling them in puppy classes or join mine here.

  8. Puppy-proof your garden: Ensure your garden is safe for your puppy by checking for any gaps in fences, removing toxic plants, and securing any potential escape routes.

  9. Set up a schedule: Puppies thrive on routine, so establish a regular schedule for feeding, toilet breaks, exercise, and training. Consistency will help your puppy adjust and understand expectations. Puppies need a lot more sleep than many expect. On average, they need 18-20 hours of sleep a day until they are at least 14 weeks old.

  10. Prepare for the financial responsibility: Consider the cost of food, training, veterinary care, grooming, vaccinations, and any unforeseen expenses. Create a budget to ensure you can meet these needs.

Remember, bringing a puppy into your home is a long-term commitment that requires time, patience, and love. By preparing in advance, you can provide a smooth transition for your new puppy and set them up for a happy and healthy life.


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