Collecting your Puppy
When you pick up your new puppy and bring it home, we recommend you register them with a veterinary practice and book a full health check to ensure they are growing and developing correctly.
It’s a very good idea to insure your pet to help you cover any vet fees if they become ill or injured. Pet insurance will help ensure that if your puppy becomes ill or injured then you can afford the best treatment available not the best treatment you can afford at the time.*
Preparation is key
Make sure you have a suitable bed, food and water bowl, puppy food, puppy training pads, a collar, tag and lead. Puppy-proof your home by moving any harmful plants, substances and objects out of their reach, including any objects you don’t wish your new puppy to chew! Cover any holes or gaps your puppy could squeeze into such as behind cupboards and appliances, and consider getting a stair gate if you do not wish your puppy to venture into certain rooms or upstairs – this is for the protection of your puppy and your home.
Your puppy should not be allowed outside (apart from trips to the vets) until a week after their final puppy vaccine to ensure they have adequate immunity. Before any trips outside it is vital to make sure your garden is safe for your puppy – cover any ponds, fill in any holes, remove any hazardous substances.
Dog collars and tags
Having a dog collar and tag with your name and contact details on is a legal requirement. You should never put your dog’s name on the collar as a this makes it easier for thieves to take them.
Microchipping is also a legal requirement in dogs and could make all the difference in reuniting you with your pet should they go missing. Microchipping should be taken care of by the breeder, who will then change the name in the microchip database to yours. We can microchip your puppy in minutes if this has not been done.
Flea & worming treatments
If the breeder has not given your puppy its first set of flea and worming treatments, book into your vets straight away. We recommend Advocate, which protects against Roundworm, Whipworm, Hookworm, Lungworm, Heartworm, Ear Mites, Lice, Sarcoptic and Demodectic Mange, some of which can be fatal. Drontal or Droncit will protect your dog against tapeworm and is a tablet that needs to be given every six months, from six months of age. We recommend our gold standard products to best protect your puppy.
Vaccinations can be done from as early as 6 weeks and may be arranged by the breeder, otherwise, you can bring them to us and receive a full health check with a vet. Our vaccinations protect your puppy against canine distemper, canine parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and kennel cough. Once your puppy has received an initial vaccination course they will then only require yearly boosters. It’s important that your puppy does not come into contact with other dogs outside of its home before their first course of vaccinations has been started.
During your puppy’s first few months, they should be getting used to different people, pets in the home, pets and animals outside of the home, sounds and experiences to help socialise them. We recommend introducing new experiences gradually so as not to overwhelm them.
Another socialisation experience you may want to consider is swimming, as it can help to build confidence and is a great idea if you live near water or plan to take your puppy to the seaside, as it doesn’t always come naturally. Find out more about our puppy swim sessions at our Pet Fitness & Rehab Centre.