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How To Get Ready For A New Puppy

Updated: Feb 22

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Embracing the Excitement of Puppy Parenthood: Preparing for Your New Canine Companion

Welcoming a puppy into your life is a thrilling experience! However, it's important to remember that puppies require constant care and attention, especially during their initial days.


"There's a lot to consider when you first bring your new puppy home, including feeding, walking, training, vaccination, socialisation and child safety. We'll help to ensure you're well prepared to care for your new four-legged friend." - The Kennel Club


To ensure a smooth transition, here are some valuable tips to guide you:

Create a Puppy-Safe Environment

Designate a secure area within your home as your puppy's living space.

Remove any potential hazards or items they might chew on.

This area should feature a cosy bed, a soft blanket, and engaging toys to keep them entertained.

Essential items like food and water bowls, as well as a crate for undisturbed rest, are crucial, especially if you have other pets or children.

Consider using puppy pads until they are accustomed to relieving themselves outdoors.

Arrange Veterinary Care and Insurance

Prioritise your puppy's health by organising necessary vet dog health appointments in advance.

Register your puppy with a local vet soon after their arrival. Vaccinations are typically required, and your vet will guide you through this process.

Additionally, secure pet insurance to ensure you're prepared for any unexpected medical expenses.

Stock Up on Puppy-Specific Nutrition

Puppies have sensitive stomachs, so provide them with specialised puppy dog food and treats.

Their feeding routine differs from that of adult dogs; they require smaller, frequent meals.

Stock up on suitable food and refrain from overfeeding or adding unnecessary extras to their diet.

Get Your Puppy a Collar and ID Tag

Prepare your puppy for their first journey home by having a suitable collar or harness and a lead.

Ensure you attach an ID tag to the collar, as it's a legal requirement in the UK to have the owner's contact details engraved on it.

The tag should also include your phone number and your pup's name.

Allocate Time for Initial Adjustment

When the day arrives to bring your puppy home, dedicate ample time to help them settle in.

The new environment, people, and routine might be overwhelming, so your presence is comforting.

Encourage exploration while also offering reassurance through cuddles.

Be patient if accidents occur or if your puppy whines during the initial days and nights; these behaviors are temporary and will subside. Welcoming a new puppy is an incredible journey that requires careful planning and attention.

At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, we understand the significance of this phase and are here to support you every step of the way.

Our commitment to providing top-notch care and guidance ensures that your new furry family member thrives and becomes an integral part of your home. Remember, our services extend beyond just a luxury dog boarding experience; we are dedicated to fostering a warm, inclusive environment where all small breed dogs receive the love and attention they deserve.

With our expertise and unwavering passion for dogs, we're here to help you embark on this wonderful journey of puppy parenthood.

How to introduce a new puppy to your dog?

Introducing a new puppy to your dog needs patience and cautious handling to guarantee a happy and harmonious connection.

First, let them smell each other out through a barrier (like a baby gate) to get to know each other's odours.

Then, progressively let them in on neutral ground while keeping a tight eye on their interactions.

Use positive reinforcement, treats, and calm behavior to encourage good manners and prevent any signs of aggression or tension.

What do I need for a new puppy? 

When preparing for a new puppy, you'll need essential supplies to ensure their health, safety, and comfort.

This includes a dog bed, crate or carrier, food and water bowls, puppy food, collar and leash, identification tags, grooming supplies, toys, chew treats, training treats, and appropriate cleaning supplies for accidents.

To help with unforeseen medical costs, consider getting pet insurance and making an appointment for a veterinarian check-up.

What to buy for a new puppy?

When buying supplies for a new puppy, prioritise items that meet their basic needs and promote their physical and mental well-being.

Some examples of essential expenditures include a cosy bed or crate, premium puppy food, ceramic or stainless steel food and water bowls, a collar and leash, grooming supplies, suitable chew toys, training treats, and accident-cleaning supplies.

Consider your puppy's size, age, and breed when selecting items.

How to introduce a new puppy to your male dog?

To guarantee a seamless transition, you must carefully prepare and supervise introducing a new puppy to your male dog.

Begin by letting them smell each other via a barrier, like a baby gate, and then gradually introduce them in a neutral area while keeping a tight eye on their interactions.

Use positive reinforcement, treats, and calm behaviour to encourage bonding and prevent any signs of aggression or dominance.

What to do with a new puppy? 

When bringing home a new puppy, providing them with a safe and nurturing environment is vital while helping them adjust to their new surroundings.

Spend time bonding with your puppy through gentle handling, playtime, and positive reinforcement training.

Create a regular schedule for feedings, bathroom breaks, exercise and relaxation to support their mental and physical health.

Keep a constant eye on their behaviour and health, and seek veterinarian attention as necessary.

How to settle a new puppy?

Settling a new puppy into your home requires patience, consistency, and a nurturing environment.

Give them somewhere to sleep or unwind that is safe and cosy, such as a comfy bed or box.

Please give them a dependable schedule for eating, using the restroom, playing, and sleeping so they feel safe and comfortable.

Encourage positive behaviour and help them develop confidence and trust in their new surroundings by using positive reinforcement training.

How to settle a new puppy at night?

It might be challenging to acclimatise a new puppy to their new sleeping schedule at night.

Still, you can assist them by being patient and consistent.

Set up a soothing evening routine that includes a quick walk or play session, a potty break, and tucking them into their bed or cage with a cosy blanket or toy.

Consider first putting their bed or cage in your bedroom to offer comfort and company. You can also use white noise or relaxing music to create a soothing atmosphere.

What do you do when your new puppy cries at night? 

When your new puppy cries at night, responding with patience and empathy is important while setting boundaries and promoting good sleeping habits; start by ensuring their basic needs, such as food, water, and potty breaks, are met before bedtime.

Offer comfort and reassurance with gentle words or a brief cuddle.

However, avoid reinforcing attention-seeking behaviour by rewarding their cries with excessive attention or treats.

Increasing the intervals between nocturnal toilet breaks and offering reassuring objects like a favourite toy or blanket may foster independence and self-soothing in your child.

How to prepare a dog for a new puppy? 

Preparing a dog for a new puppy involves gradually introducing them to the idea of a new family member and providing them with positive experiences and associations.

Start by reinforcing good behaviour and obedience training to ensure they are responsive and well-behaved.

Gradually expose them to the sights, sounds, and smells of a new puppy through controlled interactions and positive reinforcement.

Before taking home a new puppy, think about seeking the assistance of a qualified dog trainer or behaviourist to handle any behaviour issues or concerns.

How to introduce a new puppy to a jealous dog?

Introducing a new puppy to a jealous dog requires sensitivity, patience, and careful management to prevent conflicts and promote positive relationships.

Start by allowing your jealous dog to sniff the puppy's scent through a barrier, such as a baby gate, before gradually introducing them in neutral territory while closely supervising their interactions.

Use positive reinforcement, treats, and calm behaviour to encourage bonding and prevent any signs of jealousy or aggression.

Provide your jealous dog with plenty of attention, reassurance, and one-on-one time to help them adjust to the new puppy and reinforce their bond with you.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

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Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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