Your Starter Guide
for Purchasing a Dog
Once you’ve chosen your puppy there are a few things you will need before taking your new furry best friend home.
A Quick Shopping List
Collar, Lead, Harness
Food and Water bowls
Flea and Worm treatment
Grooming Essentials (includes shampoos, brushes, nail clippers etc)
Pet Health Book (Vet Book)
It is best to ensure the puppy is microchipped and your contact details are registered. It is important to keep their vaccination up to date with your local vet. All puppies should only be re-homed at a minimum of 8 weeks of age. They are to be wormed at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks then monthly till they are 6 months of age and then every 3 months thereafter. Most topical flea treatments can only be administered at 8 weeks of age. There are natural alternatives that can be used prior to 8 weeks, speak to us to find out more.
Preparing your Home
It is best to ensure all electrical cords, electrical and cleaning chemicals are stored away/out of reach as puppy’s curiosity can get the better of them. It is also a good idea to keep socks, shoes and any other chewable belongings stored away as you don’t them to become your puppy’s new toy!
Bringing your Puppy Home
To help ease the transition to their new environment, if possible, rub their new bed or blanket on the puppy’s siblings, so that the puppy can smell them when they get to their new home. This helps the puppy feel more at ease and is not too overwhelming for the puppy when in a new environment. When letting the puppy venture through the house ensure all doors are closed in case the puppy runs outside and potentially escaping. If you are letting your puppy outside, also ensure there are no holes or gaps in your fence and that there are no potential hazards to the puppy such as deep holes, sharp objects etc.
It is best to establish a routine when it comes to feeding. By feeding at particular times this will ensure that the puppy will fall into this routine. Ensure the food and water bowls are placed where they will remain in the future. It’s best to keep the puppy on the food they have been eating prior to you adopting them and transition them slowly to the food you want to feed them. This can be done over a seven day period by gradually adding more of their new food in with the original food daily.
Puppy’s need toys to provide mental stimulation and allow appropriate chewing. If you are not wanting your puppy to choose their own chew toys such as your shoes, couch or anything their hyper little bodies can get a hold of, then we recommend you provide them with the appropriate outlets to entertain them with.
Toys We Recommend and Supply
Nylochew Bone – Made from nylon, this chew bone is perfect for any dog/puppy big or small. As chewing starts to roughen the bone surface, the special heat-treated nylon also acts as a doggy toothbrush, helping to keep those pearly-whites clean and sparkling.
Kong – Made from the toughest natural rubber, this chew toy can endure the strongest of teeth. Entertaining and satisfying power chewers while also promoting healthy teeth/gums, this toy can be stuffed with treats, peanut butter or fill it with Kong Easy Treat filling made especially for the Kong.