Preparing for your puppy

Here's some helpful tips from our partners in pet nutrition - Eukanuba on how to prepare your home for your new arrival.

Puppy proofing your home

Before you bring your new puppy home for the very first time, ensure that your home is suitably prepared.

Here are some important tips to help keep him out of harm's way

  • Store all detergents and chemicals out of your puppy's reach.
  • Store breakable items safely out of the way.
  • Hide or cover electrical cords so he won't chew on them.
  • Keep kids' toys off the floor (may be swallowed)
  • Use a cover and/or protective fencing if you have a pool or a hot tub.
  • Restrict access to plants that are dangerous to dogs, including poinsettias, azaleas, rhododendrons, dumb cane, Japanese yew, oleander and English ivy, to name a few.

The journey home

Take a towel when you go to collect your puppy. Rub it on mum and litter mates so you can bring some of their scent home to help familiarize him with his new environment.

Take some paper towels and a plastic bag too - just in case your puppy gets carsick. Consider buying a travel crate suitable for his breed size as this will provide a secure and familiar environment to travel in, now and in the future.

Before setting off, spend some time with him in the car to allow him to become accustomed.

Supplies you will need

  • Complete and balanced premium puppy food.
  • Treats for training
  • Stainless steel, non-tip food and water bowls.
  • ID tags with your contact information on
  • A break-away collar and 2-meter leather or nylon lead
  • Brushes, combs and dog shampoo
  • Cleaning supplies such as a stain remover, paper towels, floor dusters and a deodorizing spray
  • An airline-approved home and travel crate (large enough to transport him as he grows).
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