Caring for your new puppy

There's a lot to consider when you first bring your new puppy home, including feeding, walking, training, vaccination, socialisation and child safety. We'll help to ensure you're well prepared to care for your new four-legged friend.

How to name your dog

Find out our top tips on how to name your dog. Our Petlog data has revealed 2021's most popular names, read them to gain inspiration.

How to name your dog
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Picking up your new puppy

Ensure you're well prepared when you go to pick up your pup, so you can both have a relaxed journey home.

Your new puppy
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As your puppy grows into an adult

From behavioural changes to sexual maturity, discover what you can expect as your puppy grows into an adult dog.

Your growing puppy
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Feeding your puppy or dog well

It's important that your dog has a well balanced, healthy diet. Learn more about which diet is best for your dog and why.

Feeding your puppy or dog
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How to socialise your puppy

Like human children, puppies are not born with the social skills that they require to live with their family. Learn why socialisation is important.

Socialise your puppy
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The best environment for your puppy

Young puppies have a lot to learn, so it's best to ensure your home is 'dog proof'. Learn more about how to keep them safe and sound.

Home environment
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Child safety around puppies and dogs

When introducing a new puppy or baby into the family, follow these steps to ensure the whole family is happy living together.

Child safety around puppies and dogs
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What about when I'm away?

Do you occasionally have to leave your puppy alone for more than a few hours? Read our tips on leaving your puppy alone.

Leaving your dog at home

Protecting against dog theft

Protect your dog against dog theft by reading our top tips for keeping your dog safe and how to be proactive in protecting your four-legged friend.

Protecting against dog theft
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Dog care

As a new dog owner, it's important to know how to take care of your dog and of your responsibilities as well. Discover more about how to care for your dog.

Dog care

Travelling with your dog

Whether you go by car or public transport, we have advice to ensure that as lockdown eases you're fully prepared and don’t forget anything when travelling with your dog.

Travelling with your dog

Day trips with your dog

With lockdown restrictions easing, you may be considering taking your puppy with you to cafes and pubs, but you’ll need to plan ahead so that you know what to expect.

Day trips with your dog
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Holidays with your dog
When choosing a destination, it’s important that you do your research. From farmhouses and gites, to villas and castles, explore our range of dog-friendly properties.
Overseas travel
Alongside the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, we have pulled together a list of things you will need to remember to ensure your trips are as stress-free as possible and in line with any new requirements, following both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.