The ultimate new puppy checklist

The ultimate new puppy checklist

The ultimate new puppy checklist

Welcome to the wonderful world of puppy parenthood! Getting a new puppy is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it also comes with its fair share of responsibilities. At Barking Heads, we understand the joys and challenges that come with welcoming a furry friend into your home (after all, we're pet parents ourselves!) So that's why we've put together this comprehensive checklist to help you navigate the early stages of puppy ownership like a pro.

1. Set Up Your Home

Before bringing your new puppy home, make sure your living space is safe and puppy-proof. Remove any hazardous items or substances that your curious pup might get into, such as chemicals, electrical cords, and small objects that could be choking hazards. Invest in puppy gates to block off areas that are off-limits and designate a cosy spot for your puppy to sleep and relax. Don't forget to puppy proof any outdoor spaces as well! 

2. Stock Up on Essentials

Make a list of all the essential supplies you'll need for your new puppy, including food and water bowls, a collar and leash, a comfortable bed, chew toys, grooming supplies, and puppy-safe cleaning products. Having everything prepared in advance will help ease the transition for both you and your puppy.

3. Schedule a Vet Visit

One of the first things you should do after bringing your puppy home is schedule a visit to the vet. Your vet will perform a thorough health check, administer any necessary vaccinations, and provide guidance on preventative care and nutrition. Remember to bring along any paperwork provided by the breeder or shelter, including vaccination records and health history.

4. Establish a Routine

Puppies thrive on routine, so it's important to establish a consistent schedule for feeding, potty breaks, playtime, and training from the very beginning. Set aside dedicated time each day for training sessions to help your puppy learn basic commands and good manners.


5. Choose the Best Nutrition

Choosing the right nutrition is crucial for your puppy's health and development. At Barking Heads, we believe in providing pets with wholesome, nutritious meals made from high-quality ingredients. Our Puppy Days range is specially formulated to meet the unique nutritional needs of growing puppies, with a balanced blend of protein, vitamins, and minerals to support healthy growth and development.

  • All Hounder Puppy Days Grain-Free Dry Dog Food: Lovingly made for medium sized dogs, made with 60% tasty freshly prepared free-run Turkey, blended with generous portions of healthy veggies, like sweet potato, peas & carrots.

  • Big Foot Puppy Days Grain-Free Dry Dog Food: Lovingly made for large breed dogs, packed with calcium, glucosamine, and chondroitin to support their bone health and keep their gnashers strong.

  • Puppy Days Grain-Free Wet Food: A complete wet food for puppies, featuring everything they need to grow up big and strong with 85% Free Run Chicken and tasty vegetables and herbs. 

By feeding your puppy Barking Heads Puppy Days range, you can feel confident knowing that you're providing them with the best start in life.

6. Socialise and Exercise

Exposing your puppy to new people, animals, and environments from an early age is essential for their social development. Take your puppy for walks in different locations, introduce them to friendly dogs and people, and enroll them in puppy socialization classes to help build their confidence and reduce anxiety.

7. Be Patient and Consistent

Above all, remember to be patient and consistent as you navigate the ups and downs of puppyhood. Building a strong bond with your puppy takes time and effort, but the love and companionship they provide in return are more than worth it.

With this checklist in hand, you're well-equipped to welcome your new puppy into your home and set them up for a lifetime of happiness and health. Happy puppy parenting from the team at Barking Heads!

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