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Free Checklist For Welcoming Your New Small Breed Puppy

Updated: Feb 22

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Embracing the joy of welcoming a new puppy

into your family comes with a set of responsibilities that require thoughtful planning. At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, we've honed our expertise in caring for and nurturing puppies.

Our Dog Nannies, who are also dog enthusiasts, dog owners and dog mums themselves, bring their extensive knowledge to guide you through this exciting journey. We've compiled a comprehensive new puppy checklist to assist you in preparing for your small breed puppy's arrival, ensuring that you're fully equipped for their comfort and well-being.

5 Key Considerations Before Bringing Home a Puppy

Adopting a puppy involves understanding the commitment it entails and how it will integrate into your life seamlessly.

A lifelong commitment

Owning a dog is a lifetime commitment, so thoroughly understanding the responsibilities and advantages is crucial for making informed decisions.

Budgeting for a puppy

Owning a puppy incurs various costs, from initial supplies upon bringing them home to ongoing vet visits and dog food. Be prepared for the financial responsibility.

Family consensus

Ensure that everyone in your household is on board with having a puppy.

The entire family's participation in responsibilities like feeding, dog grooming, and dog training is pivotal for your small breed dog's well-being.

Home preparation

Your living space must be suitable for a growing pup. Secure outdoor areas, puppy-proof indoors, and create a cozy resting place to ensure a safe and comfortable environment.

Lifestyle alignment

Puppies require ample time and attention, especially during their formative stages.

Ensure your daily routine allows you to cater to their needs, and contemplate enrolling in a puppy preschool for additional care.

Essential Supplies for Your New Puppy

Once the decision to welcome a puppy is made, it's time to equip yourself with the necessary supplies to ensure their smooth transition. Our Pre Puppy checklist outlines the essentials you'll need for your new furry family member: Puppy Car Seat / Harness Adjustable Collar Lead ID Tag Food & Water Bowl Complete Puppy Food Dog Bed Puppy Pads Puppy Toys

Puppy Car Seat / Harness

Secure your pup with a car seat or harness while driving to guarantee both their and your safety.

Adjustable Collar

Opt for an adjustable collar that can accommodate your puppy's growth.


Early leash training is important.

ID Tag

Legal requirements include an ID tag with your contact details to aid in identifying your puppy.

Food & Water Bowls

Provide separate bowls for food and water, catering to their nutritional needs.

Complete Puppy Food

High-quality puppy food rich in essential nutrients is essential for a healthy start.

Dog Bed

A comfortable bed for your puppy's sound sleep and support during their growth.

Puppy Pads

Aid in toilet training with absorbent puppy pads, minimizing accidents indoors.

Puppy Toys

Stimulate mental and physical development with a variety of engaging toys.

Additional Puppy Necessities

Beyond the essentials, you might want to consider a range of products that contribute to your puppy's safety, well-being, and enjoyment. Dog toothbrush and toothpaste Puppy shampoo Flea & Worm Treatment Carpet cleaner Poo bags Brush Grooming wipes Chew toys Dog balls Puppy pen Dog crate Baby gate Dog training treats Dog blanket Dog and Dog trainer Expert Puppy Training

Starting early with puppy training is essential

Puppies begin learning house rules around 12 weeks, including toilet training and understanding their routines.

To support you in this journey,

Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding and Mary Puppins Little Dog Training School offers a 4-week training program guided by our expert Dog Nannies.

This program of 1:1 sessions fosters a confident, well-adjusted pup who understands their responsibilities.

These training sessions pave the way for a harmonious bond between you and your new small breed companion.

Selecting a Veterinarian

Arrange for a veterinarian visit to ensure your puppy's well-being, discuss microchipping, vaccinations, and neutering. When choosing a vet, consider the following factors: Proximity: Opt for a vet practice that's close for emergency cases. Opening Hours: Align with a vet whose hours suit your schedule. Cost: Familiarize yourself with the clinic's pricing structure. Specialisations: If needed, find a vet with specialisation in particular treatments. Added Services: Enquire about additional services like grooming and training. Recommendations from friends or family who've experienced the clinic's care firsthand can guide you to a trustworthy choice.

Pet Insurance

Securing pet insurance safeguards your small breed puppy against unexpected medical expenses.

This coverage ensures access to necessary medical care should your pup face injuries or illnesses. Look into policies that also encompass dental treatment, theft coverage, and third-party liability. Thorough research will help you find the policy that best aligns with your needs.

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.

Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding

With over a decade of experience, Mary Puppins continuously strives to enhance our understanding of dogs and their happiness.

We accept young dogs over the age of 1 years old. Once they are settle in your family, they can then learn to become part of our Mary Puppins family too. Contact us today to explore how we can welcome your puppy into our Mary Puppins family.

BOOK NOW via our website. We have limited places and get booked up super fast. Give your little dog the five-star VIP holiday they deserve, while you enjoy yours.

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

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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