Bringing a Puppy Home
Preparation is essential when bringing your puppy home. If possible an old blanket or piece of your clothing should be given to the breeder once you have decided on your puppy.
When you collect your puppy it should be bought home in this piece of material and used to line the dog's bed. This will provide some security with the smell of both you and their mother and littermates.
Once the breed has been chosen you need to find your puppy. This can be done through newspapers, advertisements at pet shops or veterinary practices, animal welfare shelters or, most commonly, breeders. Going to a certified Kennel Club breeder provides a high level of security, precautions should be taken when looking at puppies from other breeders:
- Puppies should be between 6-8 weeks old when they are transferred from the breeders. eight weeks is more preferable.
- Chose a suitable bed and area where the bed is kept. It is important for the puppy to know that they have an area or 'den' which can be considered safe and their own.
- Make sure this is not near a door that could be draughty. If it is cold provide the puppy with a hot water bottle.
- For the first couple of weeks feed the same diet the puppy received from the breeder. This will help to minimise the changes as much as possible.
- If the puppy has been used to a busy environment leave a radio on overnight to provide company.
- Examine your home looking for anything within reach that the puppy might chew. Be especially vigilant with electric flexes, puppy proofing may take a while but it is essential for their and your safety.
Find out about Best Behaviour School for Dogs' puppy classes in Sevenoaks.