Your new puppy checklist

So, you’ve adopted a new puppy or dog, congratulations! But before you bring home your new furry bundle of joy and fun, there are a few things you might need to have in place first, just to make the transition a little easier, for everyone!

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Food and water bowls

Choose heavy-bottomed ceramic or stainless steel food and water bowls. Plastic bowls will probably end up as chew toys, and the tooth marks could become a haven for bacteria and damage teeth and gums.. A heavy bowl will also be harder for your dog (and you) to knock over by accident!

Identification tag

It’s strongly advisable that your dog wears a tag on their collar showing their owner’s name and address. It’s a good idea to add your phone number too. You can order a tag over the internet or at your local pet shop. Because collars can slip off or break, we recommend microchipping: it’s quick, painless, permanent and effective. Ask your vet to insert the chip and you’ll have a much better chance of being reunited if your new puppy or dog or dog goes missing. Check with the breeder or rescue home to find out if the puppy or dog has already been microchipped, and ask them how to register the chip to your address.

Something to chew on

Dogs love chewing and a teething puppy or dog will chew anything they can get their jaws around. So if you want to protect your socks, your shoes and your sofa, buy a selection of chews for your puppy or dog to test their teeth on instead. Just make sure they’re non-toxic, durable and not too tough for puppy or dog teeth. And never leave your puppy or dog alone with anything that could choke them, splinter in their mouth or electrocute them.

Toys to play with

There’s an amazing selection of dog toys out there – take a look in your local pet shop or go online: you’ll find safe rings, balls, slings, tugs and fabric frisbees. They’re all designed to make your play and training sessions more fun – for you and your dog.

Stair gates

Stairs, balconies and ponds should all be out of bounds for an inquisitive puppy or dog – and a strategically placed baby stair gate will do the job when you’re not there to supervise. A gate can also help you protect your furniture and possessions from your puppy or dog’s unstoppable chewing instinct.

A collar and lead

You won’t be able to take your new puppy or dog out for walks until they’ve had all the right jabs. You can spend this time getting them used to wearing their collar and a lead. That way, it won’t be an issue when it’s time to explore the outside world!