It’s been no secret if you follow me on Instagram that we’re bringing home a puppy in the near future. We’ve wondered whether to get a puppy for some time, but we knew that owning a puppy comes with responsibilities.
Time restrictions in the past meant that we wouldn’t be able to commit to a family dog, so it was put to the back of our minds for the “one day” box.
With the recent change of events in our lives, we have been lucky enough to find Lola at a time that is almost perfect for us. But how do you prepare for a new puppy? Hopefully this post will help you with everything you need for a puppy.
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We’ve done a lot of research and asked a lot of people for advice before settling on our final list.
Should You Crate Train Your Puppy?
Deciding whether you will be crate training when you bring your new puppy home will be a personal preference. We have weighed up the pros and cons and decided that we will crate train our puppy.
We decided to buy a full size crate, which whilst will be very large when Lola first arrives with us, she will grow into it which ultimately will save us money. It will act as puppy’s bed, and also will be her den.
Puppy’s and dogs like their own space and a place for them to go to not be disturbed. Her crate can be made comfy with a dog bed and blankets. As we have a child as well, we think this will work well for everyone. Lola can escape when she has had enough of the attention.
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The crate will also work well at night-time and when we need to go out. I don’t have to worry that I’ll come home to the house chewed.
Three years later, a crate was the BEST purchase we made. Our house escaped being chewed, our skirting boards stayed in tact, and we have been able to leave the house knowing both dog and the house are safe.
After you get your puppy, you might want to decide whether you want to let the puppy upstairs or not. We don’t! This will allow the cat and the dog to have their own space from each other and I don’t want to encourage the puppy to sleep on the beds.
It’s always a good idea to talk to the breeder to see what food they are feeding the puppy before you bring it home. We have stocked up on a couple of bags of the same food she is being fed on now with the breeder. As a puppy you can change their diets but it’s best not to give them a big shock by doing it drastically.
Water / Food Bowls
The biggest piece of advice I was given here was to buy stainless steel bowls. The puppy can’t chew stainless steel and it’s very easy to clean. I have chosen to buy small for now, and will buy bigger as she grows.
- Three years later and we have been through many types of bowls. Lola prefers to eat her food from a stainless steel bowl, but she likes her water bowls to be plastic.
Short or long hair dogs will need grooming. It’s a great way to bond with your dog to brush them, so introduce them to it quickly. We have found the best grooming tool for our Labrador is a Kong Zoom Groom. It attracts the loose hair like a magnet and brushes straight off. A top tip is to groom your dog in the garden to avoid hair all over the house.
Puppys like to play. You don’t have to spend a fortune on toys, but a couple would be a good idea. We have chosen toys that look sturdy so she wont chew them in half, and so she wont choke on frays of rope etc.
Three years later we have discovered that rope toys tend to be the strongest. Anything with a squeaker tends to be demolished quite quickly. The sturdiest toy we have come across has been the Kong which acts as stimulation when you add food to it.
Lead and Collar
Our puppy already has a collar on her and has done for a few weeks now. It’s a good idea to get them used to wearing a collar early on. We know we wont need the lead immediately, but we will be able to get her used to having it put on and taken off.
Three years later we have tried quite a lot of different leads when walking Lola. We favoured a harness over a standard lead, but the best purchase we have ever made is the Halti as it means there is less pulling on the lead.
Have the puppy registered at the vet’s for when she comes home. Our puppy wont be having her vaccinations with the breeder which a lot of them will do the first set for you. I have her booked in for two days after she arrives home with us, so we can have a couple of days to settle in and then it’s off for her first check up and vaccinations. She wont be able to go out to socialize with other dogs until she’s completed her vaccination set which are two weeks apart.
There will be lots of progress reports on the blog with us and Lola when she comes home. You may enjoy