Caring For A New Puppy – Part 3 of 3

For convenience, we will refer to your dog as “she” rather than “he or she”.


Before your new puppy is brought home for the first time, you should do some safety checks around the house and yard, and when caring for a new puppy, undertake other preparations for her arrival.  You may find the following suggestions helpful in this regard.


●    Ensure that all electrical power leads are safely stored away;


●    Make sure that rubbish bins are secure;


●    Remove from reach any plastic bags and food wrappings such as paper or foil;


●    Fence off any vegetable or flower beds;


●    If you have a swimming pool check that it is securely fenced off;


●    Check the house boundary fence for holes or other exits;


●    Have suitable food and water containers ready for her immediate use;


●    Find out from her breeder the type of food she was eating and make sure you start her on the diet she was used to;


●    Get in a stock of things for her to spend time with and to comfort her.  These could include such things as soft toys to chew on and play with, toys that rattle or squeak when bitten on, and balls that can be pushed around the floor or lawn and then chased after by her.


You also need to give serious thought to such things as:


●    Acceptable behaviour within the House.  You need to teach her as quickly as possible that there are certain actions and forms of behaviour which are unacceptable within the house.  This should be part of her initial training.  She must understand that you are the one in charge and that she is at the bottom of the pecking order in this household!  This will in fact make her feel more relaxed and contented.


●    Play time.  Your puppy will love to play.  It is bound to build her confidence, give her plenty of exercise and develop her coordination.  Make sure she has a variety of suitable toys to play with and that they are large enough so that they cannot be accidentally swallowed.  Also ensure that she recognizes them as toys and hence available to be played with.  She must be taught that other household objects should not be mistaken for toys.  Some inexperienced owners give their puppies old shoes to play with and then wonder why their good shoes end up with lots of bite marks on them!  The toys should be made of a safe, soft or pliable material which will not harm her, or damage furniture or other parts of the household.


We wish you every training success and years of enjoyment for both you and your dog.