As a new puppy or dog owner, you will be aware of the
responsibilities that come with dog owning and caring for your dog.
However, you will also benefit from the incredibly rewarding and
pleasurable experience of dog ownership.
In time, with the correct training and care, your puppy or dog
will hopefully become a well-adjusted adult who is a pleasure to
own and a credit to you and the dog society at large.
This section includes information for when you first bring your
puppy or dog home and provides support and tips on socialisation
environment, feeding, walking and much more.
Collecting your new puppy from the breeder
Remember to take:
- comfortable dog carrier.
- cosy blanket.
- water and food for longer journeys.
When you collect your new puppy it will probably be nervous
being taken away from its litter and environment for the first
time. Here are some tips on how to make your new puppy as relaxed
- Try to minimise exposure to loud noises.
- Settle your puppy in a carrier.
- Don't let children or adults handle the puppy too much if it's
- Keep your puppy well ventilated.
- If the puppy shows signs of distress sit quietly and comfort
- Make sure you give your puppy comfort breaks and take spare
bedding - puppies are inclined to wee when nervous or
- Ensure you follow socialisation guidance from the breeder and
continue this training for at least a further eight weeks.
Use the Puppy Socialisation
Plan for guidance through this period.
Finally, remember to buy your dog
identification tag, more information about the Control of Dogs
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Microchipping with Petlog
The Kennel Club believes that microchipping makes a clear link
between a dog and its owner. More than 100,000 dogs are lost or
stolen each year, with many having to be kept in kennels before
being re-homed. Having a microchip means they can be reunited
quickly with their owners, reducing the stress for dog and owner
By law, from 2016 all dogs must be microchipped and contact
details MUST be kept up to date.
Having your puppies implanted with a Petlog microchip means that
they will be registered on the UK's largest lost and found database
for microchipped pets. Registration on the Petlog database provides
your puppies and their owners many benefits including:
- A 24 hour/7 day a week, 365 days a year dedicated UK based lost
and found line.
- Petlog Premium service giving the new owners additional
benefits including a mobile app and lost pet alerts.
- Registration for life for every owner.
- Database managed by the Kennel Club.
- Petlog works with 12 of the 15 leading microchip
- Petlog is ISO 9001 and 27001 complaint - ensuring all data is
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Your puppy is likely to be 8 weeks old when you first meet him.
With the help of his mother and breeder, he will already have taken
some important steps to becoming a well-balanced and socialised
- The neonatal period (Birth-2 weeks old)
In the first days of his life, your puppy relied entirely on his
mother to feed him and keep him warm. However, your breeder will
have handled him gently, introducing him to human contact.
- The transitional period (2-3 weeks old)
The sensory capabilities and motor skills develop quickly as
physical changes enable your puppy to see, smell, hear, taste and
touch his new world for the first time. By the end of this period
he will have learned to walk. Your breeder will have ensured the
secured living area was large enough to remove himself from the
sleeping area to urinate and defecate.
- The awareness period (3-4 weeks)
He will have started to learn how to eat without suckling and it
is possible that his mother may have started to discourage feeding
from her. At this sensitive time, your breeder may have started to
introduce him to solid feeding.
- Initial socialization (4-8 weeks)
The greater the variety of positive experiences your puppy has
before the age of 8 weeks old, the more prepared he will be to
cope with the day-to-day experiences in life. Your breeder knows
this and will have handled him frequently. To prepare him for life
without his mother, your puppy will have been weaned from suckling
her to eating solid food and he will now be self-sufficient in
feeding and drinking.
New Owner - Puppy Socialisation (8-16 weeks)
Your breeder should pass to you an information sheet on all the
socialisation activities they have completed with your puppy and
advice on the actions you need to continue with. The Kennel Club
and the Dogs Trust has produce an online plan to help you complete
comprehensive socialisation which will be the foundation of your
puppy's future wellbeing: www.thepuppyplan.com
Sleeping and eating arrangements
Create designated sleeping and eating to help him acclimatize to
his new home. Always ensure he has fresh water available.
Choose wisely where your new puppy will sleep. It is important
that he can see family life and is not in a draft with suitable dog
bedding to sleep in. You must also choose a place for him to eat
with enough room for food. Always ensure fresh water is available
Choosing a name for your puppy
A short, two-syllable name will avoid confusion with
- Names should be short. A two-syllable name is best because it
is brief and will not be confused with one-syllable commands such
as "no" or "sit".
- Be consistent. All family members should use the same name for