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Preparing for a New Puppy? Here is what to Expect

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New puppies are exciting, but there’s lots you need to do to prepare for your new life as a dog owner! Get ready for the fun, excitement (and hard work!) of puppy ownership with our guide.

Preparing for a new puppy is such an exciting time. Pretty soon you’re going to have a small ball of fur and joy running around the house, and you’re thinking already about all the fun times ahead.

While much of this is true, we often forget some of the more challenging aspects of puppy ownership – especially if we are unprepared for them. And like most dreams, they are often romanticised versions of reality. So, are you also prepared for the hard work and the time-consuming, sleep-depriving part of welcoming a puppy into the family?  

This might all sound a bit scary – but don’t panic! There are also plenty of amazing moments only a dog owner can experience.

Here we have come up with a list of how to get ready for a puppy and what you are going to need for a new puppy. In our list are some of the things no one tells you before preparing for a new puppy, plus a few things to look forward to.

What you need for a puppy: A checklist

When preparing for a new puppy, it's a good idea to put together a puppy checklist and go shopping. This part of preparing for a puppy is so much fun that it will take lots of willpower to stop you buying the whole shop! Although it can be tempting to buy lots of new things for your new dog, you should make sure you buy the essentials first – and remember that most things you buy now will either be outgrown or chewed up!

  • Two bowls - one for food and one for water. These can be ceramic or stainless steel, as long as they can be properly cleaned.
  • A lightweight lead and soft puppy harness
  • A soft collar and ID tag with your name and address on it
  • Grooming equipment
  • Lots of safe, fun toys
  • A bed. there’s a huge choice of beds available so find one that’s right for your puppy’s size. This will be temporary as they will soon grow out of it so you can opt for very cheap – as long as it is comfortable and safe
  • An indoor crate or play pen
  • Food. Check what type of food your puppy has been given by the breeder or rescue centre and continue with that same diet for at least a week. You can swap their food, gradually over a period of time later if you like, or if there are health reasons for doing so
  • A safe space for your puppy to travel in when in the car

Everything else, you can buy as you go – or in your puppy’s case ‘as they grow’!

Preparing for a puppy: What you need to know

When it comes to being fully prepared for a puppy, you will want to know the ins and outs of the first weeks, what you need to be doing, and noticing and what you should ultimately be prepared for. Not only is this a big adjustment for you and your home, but it will also be a rather large change for your puppy too. 

So, here is a list of 14 things to get you prepared for puppy parenthood.

Knowing what to expect, and being well prepared for your puppy will set you both up to succeed and make your first few weeks together a joyful voyage of discovery as you get to know and trust each other.

Puppies might seem hard work, especially in the early weeks – but anything worthwhile is. Dogs enrich our lives and give us so much pleasure and unconditional love from the moment we bring them home. Puppyhood is actually one of the most magical times you can spend with your dog. You are forging a bond that will last for life and with some preparation and an idea of just what to expect, it really is as simple and as much fun as everyone suggests.

Hopefully, you are now fully prepared for your new puppy, and already making a list of all the things you’ll need to buy! if you still have some lingering questions, or want to get clued up on more things new puppy, then take a look at our article about your puppy’s first day at home article.