Bringing a new puppy home is exciting but also an experience that you’ll want to get right. At Wilko we’re proudly partnered with the RSPCA and their animal experts have provided a helping hand. Follow their top tips and you’ll be on your way to a happy and settled pooch in no time!

Preparing for your new arrival

Up to 8 weeks before bringing your new puppy home there are a few important things you should do to prepare for their arrival.

Firstly, make sure that the previous owner has taken care of your puppy’s first vaccinations and started their toilet training. You should also have a cosy bed for them to sleep in away from draughts, a few toys to keep them stimulated and plenty of space to play in.

Give the house a good once-over to make sure there’s nothing dangerous they can reach and spend some time looking for pet insurance and a local vet too.

Bringing your puppy home

This first part of you and your puppy’s life together is one of the most important as you get to know each other. The behaviours and experiences your puppy learns in their first 12 weeks with you will more than likely shape how they interact with you and others in the future. Get them used to things they’ll experience every day including carrying them outside to see the sights and sounds, meeting other healthy dogs, grooming and getting in your car.

You can also start to leave your puppy at home for short periods of time and get them into a consistent routine so they can feel stable. Keep feeding them the same puppy food they’re used to and don’t forget to continue with the toilet training (our puppy training pads will help with any nasty accidents while you persevere with this)!

A confident canine

Your puppy should be fully vaccinated from 12 weeks, after which you can start to take them outside and turn them into a true socialite! Boost their confidence with puppy classes too and to give them basic training. You’ll find that their favourite toy or treat will also help things along! Keep them healthy with advice from your vet around worming, flea treatments and neutering.

The perfect companion

You’ve reached the six month milestone and will be pleased to know that the hardest months are over! Continue to consistently train your puppy and build on their positive experiences as they grow into a confident adult dog. As their dietary needs start to change, gradually move them to adult dog food.

Armed with these basic guidelines and lots of love and attention, your dog will grow up to be happy, confident and the perfect companion!

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