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Before theyâ€™re home
Your puppy will need a few basic things to settle in â€“ A soft puppy collar, a lead, feeding and water bowls, bedding and also some strong toys including an artificial bone. Grooming tools can be bought and some can save you time and money for example learning to trim your dogâ€™s claws will save a trip to the vet. Also donâ€™t forget that the OSoGoodÂ® Professional grooming range is safe for puppies and contains no harsh chemicals which could save you money in the long term if you fall victim to grooming products your pet might have an allergic reaction to.
Collecting your puppy
Ideally two people should go collect the puppy so the puppy can travel home on someoneâ€™s lap. He may have never been in a car before and could be the first time away from his family so he will need lots of reassurance and comforting. Bring plenty of tissues and a towel incase heâ€™s sick as well as a bottle of water and a bowel if he needs a drink. Â Remember â€“ Never let your puppy out at lay-bys to go to the toilet as these can be a source of serious infection.
Settling him in
Everyone in your family should be told not to take the puppy to a public place until he has completed his course of vaccinations so he doesnâ€™t pick up any infections. To get your pup used to its name you should also only use it with positive connotations. With a puppy you donâ€™t need an expensive top of the range bed. Just make sure the puppy has its own safe corner in a room like the kitchen and it will love the simplest of beds even just a jumper in a cardboard box (which will make him feel safe and also wonâ€™t incur expense if he chews it or ruins it) Most importantly, make sure when he goes to his bed that he is left alone. Puppies like babies need plenty of sleep so they can grow big and strong, try giving your puppy the command â€˜in your bedâ€™ when you take it to its safe place. He will soon understand what you mean.
For the first day or two donâ€™t hassle the dog. Let him settle in, explore his new home and simply comfort him. Heâ€™ll be curious and quite lonely at this point so try not to intrude on him too much until he accepts you as his family. This is an important socialisation period for the pup so donâ€™t leave him alone in the house. Give him plenty of water and the food heâ€™s used to having (You should be given this information, or even some of the food from the breeder) but no treats as this will upset his stomach while heâ€™s still growing.
Next week Iâ€™m going to give you some feeding guidelines and more pup advice!