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Bringing your new family member home for the first time is going to be exciting and distracting, which is why preparing for a puppy is so important to do beforehand. If you’re a bit stuck and don’t know where to begin, we’ve got some tips to get you started.


Puppy Proofing Your Home

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Making sure that your home is safe is one of the most important things to consider when preparing for a puppy. They have different needs to us and things that we may not see as dangerous can be very harmful to them. These are some things to keep in mind:

Keep a lid on it! Your new puppy is going to want to explore so be sure to keep the toilet seat down. What you don’t want is them finding the bathroom and trying to drink toilet water that contains cleaning products.

Are your plants safe? Some plants in your home and garden can be very dangerous for your new pup. Do you know which ones might make them poorly? Make sure you do some research before your new pooch comes through the gate.

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Dangerous items Preparing for a puppy is much like preparing for a toddler. They’re going to want to get into everything and know what their limits are. Cleaning products, sharp objects, and anything small enough to swallow are best kept somewhere their little nose won’t be able to reach. Removing or covering any loose wiring is also a must before they begin teething.

Getting the right equipment

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Thinking that preparing for a puppy won’t be costly? Think again!

Don’t think you have to follow the trends and buy expensive things, but you do need to make sure you have the basics covered so your pup is comfortable. We’ve got a handy little checklist to get you started.

  1. A comfy bed - it may not seem like it when they’re running around at 100 mph at 3 in the morning, but your pup will sleep a lot! It needs a place to rest its head and catch a few z’s. Something that has a washable cover and is waterproof is going to be helpful in the first few months of training.
  2. Food & water bowls - Now, this may be super obvious. But, just a little tip, it’s worth getting steel or ceramic bowls as the plastic ones can get scratches. This can mean that bacteria can get trapped, making mealtimes a nightmare for your pup. Plus, a good quality puppy food suited to all of your growing puppies needs!
  3. Chew toys - Although the super fluffy and soft ones are adorable, they’re bound to be in pieces in a matter of minutes. Trust us, you don’t want to be cleaning up all the stuffing! Instead, pick thick rubber toys that can handle your pup’s teeth through the teething phase.

Choosing the right food

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When preparing for a puppy, it’s always great to decide which food you’re going to give them. Something that’s high quality and contains all the essential ingredients for your puppy’s development is going to get them off to a great start.

Our Puppy Days food is the perfect choice for the first year of their life. Using ingredients that are natural, your pooch gets a wonderfully nutritious meal in every bowl!

Are you getting ready to welcome a new puppy? What have you still got left to do before they arrive? Tweet us at @barkingheads or head to our Facebook page.


Did you know large breed puppies have special feeding requirements? Read our blog on Large Breed Feeding Advice for Puppies by Vet Dr Scott Miller and Barking Heads!


*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*