Your Guide Before Getting Your New Puppy

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So you're getting a new puppy. This will be the most incredible but hardest couple of weeks of your life! You have probably read a dozen articles about what to do to prepare for your new puppy and what to expect in those crucial first weeks. The truth is that every puppy is different and you will need to take the time to figure out what kind of personality your puppy has and what they need from you. There are some important things you can do to help though.

Before getting your puppy, it will be important to make sure your home is 'puppy friendly' and that you have all the things you need for that first night. We recommend that you invest in a metal crate for your new puppy to sleep in. The crate acts in two ways, the first is that it acts as a den for your puppy. Once they get used to being in here (which will take some training and patience), they will feel safe and comfortable and you will find that they go in of their own accord to sleep during the day! The second is that it keeps them safe and gives you peace of mind when you leave them in the house on their own. There will be times when you need to leave the house and puppies enjoy nothing more than chewing on that expensive dining room chair! The crate will ensure that your puppy is safe and so is your furniture! We recommend that the crate you choose is big enough for them to move stand up and turn around but having a crate too big can often overwhelm the pup in the early stages. Next up is a comfortable bed for your puppy to sleep in. Puppies tend to sleep for around 20 hours per day so it's important that they have somewhere that they can go to sleep. It's wonderful having your young pup sleeping on you but that isn't always practical so getting them used to sleeping in their bed or in their crate will be good for both of you.

If you're getting your puppy at 8 weeks, you will need to wait a couple of weeks before you can take them out on walks. However, you will need to help your puppy to become comfortable wearing a collar and walking on a lead before you do this. We recommend starting the training process as soon as you bring your puppy home. Walking them around your garden for just 10 minutes a few times of day will help your puppy get used to this alien object around their neck. What's also great is that training will help tire you puppy out so you'll have a better chance of a full night of sleep!

Having plenty of different types of toys will be important to have to hand once you get your puppy home. We recommend that you use the toys to help you interact and bond with your puppy. Once you start your training, your puppy may respond better to 'play' rather than treats so this will give you an insight into how to get the best out of your furry friend. Plus, your puppy will love playing so enjoy spending these precious moments with them.

We have put together a checklist of everything you will need when getting a new puppy, have a look on our website to download your free guide. We also sell a variety of puppy starter packs to suit you which includes everything you need when bringing home your new friend, have a look in store today!

Good luck!

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