Before Bringing Your Puppy Home


Playing with your Puppy

The Stay Command

Chewing Behavior

Surviving the Heat

Taking your Dog Running

Swimming with your Dog

Coping with Car Sickness

Puppy Play & Exercise


Creating a Safe Haven

Basic Obedience Training

Training a Dominant Dog

Understanding Pack Mentality

Training Do's & Don'ts

Dog Doesn't like Socializing

Dog Friendly Lawn Care

Help for Grieving Dog

Spaying & Neutering

Ground Rules on Growling

Who's Training Who?

Before Bringing Puppy Home

Harmful Foods

Does Your Puppy Have Worms?

Living with a Puppy

Teaching Puppy Commands

Cleaning up after Puppy

Puppy-Child Bond

Time & Finances

Sharing Your Home

Puppies Get Stressed Too

An Independent Puppy

Dealing with Fleeing Pup

Pups Adolescent Behaviors

Socializing Your Puppy

Clear Communication

Leader of the Pack

When your puppy comes home you want to be able to relax, knowing that everything is ready for him. You will also want to make your pup’s transition from the breeder’s home to yours as comfortable as possible for him. That means having all the supplies your pup will need on hand and puppy proofing your home.

What supplies will your pup need?
Leash and collar with tag. There are many to choose from. A soft collar with a buckle is a good idea, along with a nylon leash that is easily cleaned. You should have identification for your pup right away. Temporary collars are available from pet supply stores if you are waiting for permanent tags to be ready.

Crate and bed. Most pups are happy sleeping in their crates because it provides a comfortable den for them. The crate will also come in handy as you start your pup’s training. The crate should be placed in an area where the pup is not isolated from the rest of his new family. A couple of old towels work well as your pup’s bed or you can buy a bed for him, as long as you keep in mind it will be chewed.

Toys. It’s easy to go overboard when buying toys for a new puppy, however it’s not necessary. In fact too many toys may confuse the pup, causing him to think that everything – including the slippers you left out – are his toys. It’s often a better idea to buy a few toys that will keep your new pup occupied and stimulated, and teach him which toys are his.

Grooming supplies. A comb, brush, shampoo formulated especially for puppies and nail trimmers are enough to get you started. Your vet or breeder can help you decide what is best for your pup.

Food and water bowls. Bowls that are bottom heavy and as wide on the bottom as they are on top don’t spill as easily as others. Unbreakable bowls are best. Plastic bowls aren’t a good idea because they may be chewed.

Food. Your pup will need good quality food designed specifically for the growing pup, such as PEDIGREE® Healthy Start. If your pup has been eating a different puppy food you should also have a supply of that. It can upset your pup’s stomach if his food is changed suddenly, so this should be done slowly over the course of a few weeks.

Puppy proofing
Although your puppy’s access in your home should be limited to a few rooms at first, it is still important to be safe rather than sorry, and that means puppy proofing your whole home.

Breakables. Move breakable objects safely out of your pup’s reach. Puppies are curious, and their tails can do a lot of damage to vases or other breakables.

Cords. Telephone cords, electrical cords, curtain cords – all of these should be tucked away so that your new pup isn’t tempted to chew on them or tug at them.

Books and magazines. Move these from side tables and coffee tables to places higher up, out of the reach of puppy teeth.

Cleaning products. Go through your home and make sure that all cleaning products, many of which are hazardous to your pup, are safely in cupboards with latching doors.

Medicine and grooming supplies. Prescriptions, hair spray, nail polish remover and many other medicinal products and grooming supplies pose dangers to your pup. Storing them out of your pup’s reach is best.  

Houseplants and flowers. Many of these, for example, poinsettia, are toxic to pups and should be moved to an area where your puppy can’t get at them.

Car maintenance products. All of these, especially antifreeze, which is a real danger to curious pups, should be out of reach.

Gardening products. Insecticides, sprays and anything else that could pose a danger should be stored safely behind a latched door.

A good way to approach puppy proofing your home is to think about what you would move if you were baby proofing your home, and do the same. Not only does this protect your puppy, but it protects your valuables, too. Puppy proofing your home prior to your pup arriving means that when he gets there you can relax and spend time with him – a perfect way to start your new life together!

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