Bringing your puppy home is the start of a great adventure for both of you. It’s a big change for your little pup, it’s the first time he’s been away from his mum and brothers and sisters so he’ll need extra special care and attention.
Puppy proofing your home
You’ve heard about child proofing, well puppy proofing your home is just as important to keep the new addition to your family safe and your home in one piece!
It’s important that puppy proofing takes place both indoors and out:
Puppy proofing indoors
• Hide exposed cables to prevent them being chewed
• Keep the toilet lid closed in case a curious puppy falls in
• Keep all hazardous cleaning products out of reach
• Use a stair gate to stop your puppy from going into out-of-bounds areas of the house
• Keep doors shut to prevent your puppy from wandering about
• Keep chocolate out of reach because it’s toxic to dogs
Puppy proofing in the garden
• Keep rubbish bags out of site and reach as hungry pups will eat anything
• Make sure your garden is fully secure to stop your puppy wandering off
• Make sure ponds are fenced off or covered as not all puppies can swim
• Make sure you don’t have any poisonous plants the dog may want to eat
For further advice on looking after your puppy, visit our Training, Exercise & Play page to learn about training your puppy.
Keeping puppy occupied
Puppy proofing your home can extend beyond making changes indoors and in the garden. Puppies are naturally curious so by providing something to keep them occupied you can limit the damage to your home and belongings!
Your new pup doesn’t know that those posh shoes and that fine leather wallet aren’t just toys for them to play with so it’s up to you to keep them out of reach and provide them with an alternative means of amusement.
Dog toys are a godsend. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, for them to chew on or puzzle over. Toys which hold treats are double the fun as they keep them occupied and stimulated as they know they are going to get a reward if they persist!
First night nerves
The first night in their new home can be scary for your new puppy as they’re used to being with their mum and siblings. Spend time with them, show them round the place, let them explore and sniff their new surroundings. Playing with them until bedtime may tire them out so they get a good night’s sleep.
It’s a good idea if you can get a piece of cloth or blanket from their old home, with familiar scents, to put into their new bed. It’ll relax them and act as a security blanket.
In the first few weeks if the puppy is left alone downstairs they may start to cry. They may feel more secure in a special crate. Maybe put a hot water bottle wrapped in a blanket in their bed to mimic the warmth of their mum. You may want to move their bed next to yours and gradually move them to the place you want them to sleep more long term. This is easing them into the routine you want them to follow.
Your new puppy will need a few basic items like a bed and food and a toy or two.
We’ve put together a Puppy Checklist of essentials and nice to haves to welcome him into your family.
If you’ve enjoyed this, read our Puppy Care information page, which includes advice on vaccinations, vet trips, washing and your puppy’s health.