Puppy Preparation Checklist

How to prepare for a Puppy

Firstly, congratulations on selecting your puppy to call your own - They are a pleasure to have and a delight to keep! 

Before you pick up your puppy and bring them home, remember to prepare your home with all the necessities needed to ensure your puppy is safe, cosy and comfortable.  

We can help guide you with our puppy checklist so that you feel at ease with your new arrival.


Enable a safe environment

Staying relaxed and calm will ensure a less lively environment for your puppy. Limit the amount of noise and people interaction on the first few days to give your puppy a chance to get used to its environment.


Travelling with your puppy

If you are travelling by foot, a puppy harness is one of the safest ways to keep your pup from wandering off. If you have a vehicle to drive there, ensure you have a suitable puppy crate that is big enough for your puppy to stand up in and turn around in comfortably.  Never leave your puppy or dog unattended in the car. It can quickly become dehydrated; so remember to keep a non-spill water bowl that is suitable for in-car-journeys.

Bring your puppy home at the best time

Avoid long periods of time in the summer heat especially on public transport. Think about the time when its best to bring your puppy home where you can give plenty of time to stay together and introduce him to new objects, furniture, rooms, and people in the house.


Your puppy’s first meal

Ask your breeder and vet about the best food to give to your puppy. They will take into account the breed, weight and current diet your puppy will be on to ensure that it reduces the chance of food intolerance and provides the best nutrition for a healthy growing dog.


Choosing the right Vet for your puppy

When choosing your Veterinary Practitioner or Surgeon, ensure you do your research to find someone reputable and experienced. A good indication of a reliable Vet with the qualifications visible, to up-to-date facilities and out of hour emergency service, which you can call. Ensure you know their opening times throughout the week in case you need to take them for an unexpected visit. You should keep a regular Vet Practitioner who knows your breed thoroughly to give you the best advice and care to look after your puppy throughout its puppyhood.


Interaction with other animals and dogs

It is most likely that your puppy will not have received their first course of vaccinations when you collect them, therefore any interaction with dogs and animals should be avoided. Once you have your puppy vaccinated, you can slowly help them interact with other dogs and puppies that are calm in nature. Puppy Classes are a great way to get them interacting with other breeds of dogs who may be smaller or bigger in size in a controlled environment.  


Microchipping your Puppy

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice usually inserted in the scruff of the puppy's neck. This tiny little chip contains digital information to help identify your dog. Your puppy will want to play and explore outdoors and so microchipping will give you the certainty that they are safe. By giving them an ID tag, they will have an address to help identify where your puppy lives, If they happen to roam too far from home, you can be sure that they will not get lost.  


Puppy Checklist

How to prepare for a Puppy

A Wishlist for your Puppy!

  • Water bowl
  • Food bowl
  • A harness and lead to help them walk with you
  • Puppy bed comfortable and a great size
  • Blankets for keeping your puppy warm or just wrapping them up when you hold them
  • A collar with your contact details or a tag that is legally required. Ensure you read up on legal requirements.
  • Puppy toys to keep them stimulated and entertained
  • Toys for teething such as chew bones and kong toys
  • Puppy crate
  • Dental brush and paste