Puppy Proofing Your Home
Remember to puppy proof your house before bring them home because you'll be amazed at what your puppy will get into. Just like you would baby-proof make sure you:
- Hide or wrap electrical cords.
- Hide or move objects your puppy may be tempted to chew to a place your puppy can’t access.
- Move cleaning and poisonous household products out of the puppy’s reach.
- Inspect your outdoor area - making sure any lawn chemicals are out of reach, any holes in the fence are closed off and finally, make sure to ask your veterinarian about what kinds of plants may be poisonous to your dog, and remove any that are present in your home or yard.
Choosing a Veterinarian
It’s important to take your new puppy for an initial check-up with a veterinarian. We suggest finding a veterinarian and booking in a visit before you bring your puppy home.
Here are some tips for selecting a veterinarian:
- Choose a veterinarian that is close to your home. Not only for convenience but will allow you to get there quickly in case of emergency.
- Ensure the veterinarian you select has office hours that work with your schedule.
- Meet the veterinarian to ensure you feel comfortable with them and their staff.
To find a veterinarian near you visit our Veterinarian Locator.
A few basic supplies can make a big difference when it comes to helping your new puppy adjust to his or her new home:
- A puppy bed and bedding setup in a designated sleeping area where your puppy can go to relax
- Stainless steel food and water bowls
- Food specifically formulated for puppies (see our range)
- Leash and collar
- Identification tag
- Brush and comb
- Rubber toys made especially for puppies
- Stain removers - because puppies can have accidents
If you are interested in finding a pet specialty retail store new you, visit our Retailer Locator.
Puppies, Children and Other Pets
Introducing a puppy into a household with children should be taken very seriously. Children don’t often understand the need to be very careful with a puppy so the interaction between them should be supervised by an adult. When you introduce your puppy to your children, have your children sit down and let the puppy approach them on his own. Let the children and puppy interact in a calm, structured way.
If you have other cats or dogs in your household, here are some tips:
- Introduce your new puppy and current pets in a neutral area, outside of the home, if possible, like a park.
- Make sure your dogs are on leashes.
- Don’t scold or punish your current dog if he doesn’t react the way you’d like at first. Getting pets used to one another takes time and patience.
- Provide cats with a place where the new puppy can’t bother them.
Regardless of whether you decide to teach your puppy tricks, puppies should be taught some basics first in order to encourage a positive introduction into their new home. Your training program should start as early as possible. Here are some helpful tips:
- Take your puppy out to relieve himself after playtime, every meal and nap, before bed and as soon as you wake up in the morning. Routinely take your puppy out to the same spot every time so he can learn to recognise his/her own scent.
- Praise your puppy for 'doing his/her business' outside.
- Never punish or reprimand a puppy who has had an accident. Instead, focus on taking your puppy out frequently to prevent indoor accidents.
It’s also important to teach your puppy a couple of basic commands. From the very beginning, a puppy should be taught to obey commands. Always use the same words for the same commands and start off with very short, five-minute training sessions.
Here are a few steps to teach your puppy to sit or lie down:
- Hold a healthy treat slightly in front of your puppy’s nose and slowly raise it in an upward arc to lure your puppy to sit.
- The moment your puppy sits, give him the treat.
- Once he understands the motion, pair the word, 'sit', with his action and praise and reward him each time he does it.
- Once you have taught your puppy to sit, you can start teaching the 'down' command.
- With a treat in your hand, give your puppy the 'sit' command.
- Once he is seated, praise him and lower the treat to the ground slowly. The moment he has his hindquarters and elbows on the ground, reward him with the treat.
- Once your puppy understands the motion, pair the word, 'down' with his action, then praise and reward him each time he does it.
Download our Puppy Guide to learn about the essentials for giving your puppy a healthy start in life including information on care, nutrition, training and overall health.