Introducing a New Puppy

by Rosey Saunders

Introducing a new puppy to your home is an exciting experience. When it comes to their diet, it's important to start with a high-quality puppy food such as the Billy + Margot Puppy Range to support their growth and development. Puppies have specific nutritional needs that differ from those of adult dogs.

Introducing a new puppy to your home can be challenging. Here are some top tips to help make the transition smoother for both you and your new furry friend:

  1. Prepare Your Home: Puppy-proof your home by removing potential hazards and items that could be harmful or tempting for a curious puppy. Create a designated and safe space for your puppy to explore initially.
  2. .Supplies and Essentials: Have all necessary supplies ready, including a comfortable bed, food and water bowls, appropriate puppy food, toys, training treats, grooming tools, and a collar with an ID tag.
  3. Establish a Routine: Puppies thrive on routine, so establish a consistent schedule for feeding, bathroom breaks, playtime, and sleep. A regular routine helps your puppy feel secure and understand expectations.
  4. Introduction to the Environment: Introduce your puppy gradually to different areas of your home, one room at a time. This helps prevent overwhelm. Supervise interactions with other pets, if you have them, and make introductions in a controlled manner.
  5. Socialisation: Begin socialization early by exposing your puppy to various people, environments, sounds, and experiences. Enroll in a puppy socialization class to help your puppy learn good manners and build positive associations.
  6. Positive Reinforcement: Use positive reinforcement techniques such as treats and praise to reward good behaviour. Ignore or redirect undesirable behaviour rather than punishing the puppy.
  7. Veterinary Care: Schedule a veterinary check-up to ensure your puppy is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. Discuss a vaccination and deworming schedule with your vet.
  8. Chew Toy Availability: Puppies love to chew, especially when teething. Provide a variety of appropriate chew toys to prevent them from chewing on furniture or shoes.
  9. Toilet Training: Be consistent with potty training. Take your puppy outside frequently, especially after meals and naps, and praise them for eliminating outside.

Remember that each puppy is unique, and the adjustment period may vary. Spend quality time bonding with your new puppy and enjoy the process of building a strong and positive relationship.