Adopting a puppy and bringing them home is exciting and a bit daunting.
Before bringing them home you’ll need to prepare your puppies new home by:
Providing time and space for your puppy to play, and toys to keep them stimulated.
Providing a crate, hiding places and/or cosy bed in a quiet, draft-free place where your puppy can rest undisturbed.
Taking a blanket from the Animal Centre that has familiar scents and will provide comfort.
Removing anything poisonous or that you don't want them chewing.
Finding a vet, puppy classes and remembering to extend your Petplan charity insurance.
When puppy first comes home you will need to expose him/her to positive experiences like:
Meeting other healthy, fully vaccinated dogs and cats.
Carrying them around outside to introduce them to new people, sights and sounds.
Gradually introducing them to the car, grooming, being handled and having their ears, eyes and other body parts checked.
You should also:
Begin to leave them alone for short periods to prevent separation related behaviour.
Establish a consistent routine and rules. Reward good behaviour and ignore bad behaviour.
Feed them the same puppy food as they had before and keep the same routine with small, regular meals.
Continuing puppy toilet training by rewarding them when they go outside.
Worm your puppy regularly as advised by the Animal Centre Health Advisor. Afordable worm and flea treatment is available from the Centre or our online vet shop
From 12 weeks onwards your puppy can have their second vaccinations.
Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, you can socialise them outside.
Good puppy classes are a great way to boost their confidence and learn basic training.
Knowing what your puppy likes (favourite food or toys) can motivate them during training.
Growing and learning is tiring so let them rest regularly and keep training sessions short and fun.
If your puppy’s crate trained let them use it as a safe haven.
From 6 months onwards puppies are still learning so continue reward-based training and keep all experiences positive.
Speak to the Animal Centres training and behaviour advisor if you have any concerns about your puppy behaviour.
If your puppy is ready progress onto more advanced dog training classes.
Dietary needs will change and your puppy will need to gradually move to adult dog food.
By keeping experiences positive from day one, you’ll help your puppy grow into a confident adult dog, making life more enjoyable for you both