Before you get your puppy
Having a dog is a big commitment, so it’s important that you are as prepared as possible before bringing your new friend home.
Puppy-proof your home
Puppies want to explore, taste and experience everything around them. You will need to puppy-proof your home to keep your dog safe.
Secure your property. Make sure it is fenced and there are no vulnerable spots for digging.
Pups initially only need a small space in the house, such as a kitchen. Restrict access to rooms with loose electric cords and items with lamps and vases that can be knocked over by an uncoordinated puppy. Hot irons on ironing boards are very dangerous.
Keep medication out of reach. Human medicines can be fatal for puppies. Check the house and garden for poisons, chemicals and toxic plants. Chocolate contains theobromine (similar to caffeine) and can kill dogs.
Invest in a den
Your puppy is going to need a place they can call their own, and a cage or crate will fit the bill. You are better off getting one that is big enough for them to use as an adult. It is not a doggie jail but a safe and secure den. It won’t be long before they go into the crate on their own, to take a nap or get away from household activity. Make the crate comfortable with a bed, blanket, water bowl and a few toys.
Choose a vet
Choose a vet and have your puppy examined within a few days of arrival. Give the vet copies of the dog’s health records and set up a vaccination and check-up schedule.