Puppy CareMake sure you're fully prepared with our puppy checklist
The pitter-patter of tiny paws is bound to bring excitement to your home but making sure you're ready for your new arrival is essential. Our new puppy checklist will give you a rundown of everything you need to make the transition into their new home as smooth as possible.
Our articles are not a replacement for face-to-face vet advice. It’s important to consult with your vet on a regular basis to raise any pet concerns that you may have.
Puppies have different nutritional needs to adult dogs and need feeding more often so it's vital you buy food that's been specially formulated for puppies. If you're considering changing the brand of food you give them then do so gradually to avoid an upset tummy.
It's best to start this as soon as you bring your puppy home. Be sure to check which products are suitable for the age and weight of your puppy and seek advice from your vet if you're unsure.
It's important to get your puppy used to the feeling of a collar, lead and tag from the start. These should be lightweight and quiet - in others words they shouldn't startle, strain or confuse him or her.
Invest in one bowl for water and another for food. Non-slip and stainless steel are ideal because they're much more difficult to move or chew. And of course, make sure it's the right size for a little one!
Chewing on anything and everything is a normal part of your puppy's development and chew toys help to teach them what they can and can't sink their teeth into. Give them a range of playthings to stave off boredom but always make sure they're appropriate for your puppy's age and size.
The new addition to your family needs a space to call their own - giving them their own bed from the get-go is the best solution. It shouldn't be too big or small, and you should consider the time of year so they don't get too hot or cold.