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At Pets in a Pickle, we know that welcoming home a new puppy can be an exciting time, but there are lots of things to consider before getting your very own furry-baby. So before you take this big step, follow our step-by-step check-list to allow your doggo to enter your home safe and happy.

1. Getting a new puppy, is it right for you?

Before you go ahead with a big commitment like getting a puppy, you need to take a step back and think whether it’s the right option for you. Owning a dog requires a lot of time and effort and a young puppy needs even more. You must consider where you live, when you’ll be home and who lives with you.

Choosing a breed of dog is also a big factor as some need more attention, exercise and work than others – so make sure to research. If a new puppy seems like a big step, you could try getting an older dog from a rescue centre. There are hundreds of lovely, trained dogs at centres like Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and the RSPCA, all in need of new homes. Check out our article on ‘Welcoming a rescue dog into your home’.

2. What’s their name?

Once you’ve made the leap in getting a new puppy, they’ll need a name. It is important to decide this before you bring home your fur-baby, so they don’t get confused. Just like a baby, constantly calling a dog by their name will allow them to learn and respond to it.

3. Supplies!

You’ve decided on a name, now it’s time to pick up all the supplies you’ll need:

  • Toys: Dogs and puppies require a lot of stimulation so stocking up on toys and treats to keep them occupied is a good start. Purchasing special ropes and treats can also help with the teething process that puppies will go through.
  • Food: Most shops will have specialised food for certain puppies and breeds. Make sure to do your research and if you have any questions, consult a vet. While buying your puppy food, you’ll also need a couple of bowls for the food, and maybe a food mat for those pups that can get a bit messy.
  • Sleeping: Your new puppy will also need a place to sleep when they arrive and having a set bed can be very useful for obedience training. For the livelier of dogs or for house-holds that can get quite busy, some like to purchase crates to make training that litter bit easier.
  • Walking: Your new dog will also need a collar, leash and name tag for when they go out walking for exercise. Although, until they’re trained it is recommended your puppy isn’t let off the leash when you go for a walk.
  • Training Pads: It is unlikely your puppy will be toilet trained when you pick them up so getting some training pads can help until you start your teaching.

4. Puppy-proofing your home

When you bring your new puppy home, it is essential that your house is completely puppy-proof. They will try and get into everything, no matter how many treats and toys you have. This means storing away any small items they could eat, wrapping any furniture that could get chewed on and gating any off-limit areas.

5. Time to train!

Training your new puppy may be the trickiest part of your experience as it takes a lot of time and effort. It is a good idea to find a local training group that you can attend to get guidance and support. However, before attending these sessions you must decide on who will be the main carer for your puppy so it doesn’t get confused – this is normally the person who will be home and with the puppy the most.

6. Medical Madness

Medical security is the last thing you’ll for your new puppy. You should register you puppy with a local vet and schedule for a check-up. We would also recommend getting pet insurance for your dog, so they are completely covered if anything were to happen. Pets in a Pickle has a range of great policies for you to review, and you can enquire for a free quote today.

Once you have checked off all of the above, you are ready to pick up your new puppy! We’d love to see a picture on our social channels.

If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to contact us and for more information on welcoming new pets into your home, check out our top 5 tips for introducing your pet to a new baby.

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