Preparing For
Your New Puppy

A guide to navigating the challenge and adventure of life with your dogs.

For the coming years, you are going to have more fun and love and licks than you know what to do with! Let us help you get started with the first month, and then you and your puppy will be off and running to a great life together.

It’s a big change for you and your puppy – from your puppy being with mum and siblings to getting used to a whole new house, lifestyle and family. With a bit of preparation, you can make the transition easier. Here are some tips to help you both adjust.



  • Bowls: You will need two bowls for your puppy, one for food and one for water. Stainless steel is best as it’s heavier than plastic and won’t harbour bacteria.
  • Collar & Bell : Your puppy will need a collar and a bell the day you bring her home. A collar — holds your pup’s dog license and identification tag, which lists your name and phone number. Always use a bell, by attaching a bell to their collar, you’ll always know where they are.
  • Harness: Attach a lead to a harness rather than a collar. It’s much more comfortable for your pup to be attached to a body harness rather than a collar.
  • Choose quality brand of puppy foods that offer high-quality nutrients and little to no fillers.
  • A crate is an invaluable tool when housebreaking a puppy. It provides your young puppy with a sense of security when you are busy or away.
  • Pens: If you are unable to keep a watchful eye on your puppy, you may also wish to purchase a playpen or some baby gates to keep him corralled. Exercise pens are a set of portable wire panels that confine your pup to a specific area. You can adjust them to fit just about any space.
  • Bedding: A Comfy warm Bed. The first night your puppy comes home, she’ll need a comfy bed to lay her head. Choose a bed that is warm, soft and machine washable. Preferably small- to medium-sized bed that makes her feel cosy and secure.
  • Grooming supplies: Even though she’s still young, your puppy will need to be groomed and learn how to behave during the process. Her coat will need regular washing, combing and brushing. She’ll also need her toenails trimmed, her ears cleaned, and her teeth brushed.
  • Toys: Whether a stuffed lion, a squeaky octopus, or a treat-dispensing toy, puppies adore their playthings. Toys can be categorized into chew toys that satisfy the need to gnaw, like hard-rubber toys; plush toys, like stuffed animals, that provide comfort to dogs.


Here’s my top list of “must-dos” when you bring a puppy home.

  • Prepare your house : Set yourself up with everything you need for your puppy’s comfort and training – some essentials are a dog bed, crate, water and food bowls, lead, collar, harness, toys, training treats and age-appropriate food. Having everything ready and getting your puppy into a routine quickly will help it settle in easily to life with you.
  • Puppy-proof your home. Raising a puppy is a lot like raising small children — they get into everything! Some of what they get into can be hazardous to their health or to your possessions. You can make life safer for the puppy and your furniture by getting rid of hazards and temptations ahead of time.
  • Let your puppy sleep in your bedroom, at least for the first few days. This whole transition experience is overwhelming for a pup. Don’t make her sleep in the laundry room. Put their crate/bed next to your bed so you can reassure her.
  • Set a daily routine. Housetraining proceeds more smoothly if your puppy knows what to expect from her day.
  • Stock up on Treats: Puppies will do anything for a treat, so it’s handy to have a stash of these to keep your puppy on her best behaviour. Anytime your puppy has a successful interaction with another dog, what do you do? You guessed it—give ’em a treat! This encourages positive social behaviour.
  • Pick a potty spot: Pick one area and take her directly there when it’s potty time.
  • Enrol in a puppy class. Your pup will learn some basic obedience, but the real benefit of puppy classes is socialization with other puppies and people.
  • Socialise, socialise, socialise. Socializing your dog through puppyhood and adolescence is one of the best ways to ensure that they become a friendly and confident adult. Introduce your puppy to several new people every day, keeping the interactions pleasant and unthreatening. Introducing a Teacup Chihuahua to a Great Dane might sound adorable but remember to exercise caution when introducing dogs. Always make sure the other party is friendly before facilitating a meet and sniff.
  • Exercise — physical and chewing — should be part of your puppy’s daily routine. Proper levels of exercise keep people and pets physically fit and healthy. Exercise along with a proper feeding program should keep your puppy from becoming overweight. Adjustments in food amounts and protein and fat levels need to be addressed as puppy ages — your veterinarian can help decide when changes are needed.