Here's some helpful tips from our partners in pet
nutrition - Eukanuba on how to prepare your home for your
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
- Store all detergents and chemicals out of your puppy's
- 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
- 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
- Treats for training
- Stainless steel, non-tip food and water bowls.
- ID tags with
your contact information on
break-away collar and 2-meter leather or
- 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