How exciting! You’ve chosen your puppy! Now you need to prepare your home so that everything is ready for puppy’s arrival.

1. Puppy-proof your house

Think about which areas of the home puppy will have access to. It’s a good idea to limit this initially while puppy is being toilet trained or going through a chewing phase.

Puppy in the living area with toys

Make puppy’s living space comfy and include a sleeping area as well as their toys. But first things first, you need to puppy-proof the areas where puppy will spend most of their time and most definitely anywhere where puppy will ever be alone.

  • Install baby gates in doorways so you can limit how far they can roam.
  • Store anything dangerous like household cleaners or pest baits up out of reach.
  • Clear low tables like coffee table and bedside tables of anything breakable or small things like jewelry and space change that could be swallowed.
  • Remove plants. Rehome any sago palm or other poisonous house plants.
  • Remove any valuable or hard to clean rugs from the area, in case of chewing or toilet accidents.
  • Electrical cords need to be hidden or taped down so that they are not fun to play with.
  • Similarly, make sure any window blind cords are attached up high on the wall.

Now get down on the floor and double-check what puppy can see and access!

2. Buy all the things

Put together a shopping list in good time and that way you can buy everything online and/or at the best price. You may even be able to get some things cheaply or for free second-hand from online pet groups and sale sites.

Here’s a list of the essentials:

  • Collar
  • Lead
  • Food and water bowls
  • Bed
  • Training treats
  • Food (your breeder may also supply some)
  • Comb/brush
  • Shampoo
  • Chew toys
  • Stuffy toys
  • Name tag (or personalised collar) with your details
  • Crate
  • Crate cover/blanket
  • Puppy pen/baby gates
  • Stain/odour remover
  • Odour neutraliser
  • Anti-marking spray
  • Anti-chew spray (for furniture)

You can buy the highlighted items from our store and delivery is free when you combine your order with a taxi trip!

3. Puppy-proof the yard

Cycad
Cycads are toxic to dogs

Some plants are poisonous when eaten and puppies, like babies, will put everything in their mouths. Here’s a list of plants that are toxic to dogs. It has pictures!

Some plants can cause itchiness so it’s worth keeping a look out for these too. Here’s a handy resource.

Choose the place you want them to go toilet so you can start them off with rewards for going there literally as soon as they arrive home.

4. Train yourself first

Get into the habit of hanging up your bag or storing it on a table rather than on the ground because curious puppies will want to get into it. Likewise, bring the groceries in directly to the kitchen counter. Get into the habit of putting shoes away. Basically don’t leave anything at ground level unless you want puppy to play with it, chew it or pee on it!

Puppy chews shoe
How to prepare your home for a puppy
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