Preparing for a puppy

Although everyone is aware of the saying ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’, this does not mean that a puppy does not make a good present for a child. As long as you have thought long and hard about the huge commitment that getting a dog involves, a puppy can make an ideal present for all the family and teach your child about responsibility and caring for an animal. However, it is important to prepare for the arrival of a puppy in your home to make sure that it gets the care and attention that it needs for a healthy start in life.

There are some tips to follow to make sure that you are prepared for the arrival of your puppy. A puppy needs a warm bed and somewhere to drink and eat from with a couple of bowls. Of course, you will probably want to spoil your puppy with a few toys to play with too. Your home will need some puppy proofing to ensure that he is safe from harm – or that your furniture is safe from an adventurous puppy looking for mischief. Make sure that electrical cords are out of the puppy’s way and that any household cleaning products are locked up safely.

Do a bit of research into the right sort of food to feed your new puppy and what veterinary care your new puppy will need. You can then be sure that your new pet is getting the right care and a great welcome to your family home.