Top tips for new dog owners this puppy season

Congratulations on your new puppy! Here’s all you need to know to help your new relationship go smoothly.

What could be cuter than a puppy? If you said ‘kitten’, that’s fair enough, but then this is not the post for you. This information is for new dog owners who have taken a puppy into their family this puppy season or will be doing so pretty soon.

Taking your puppy home

A puppy will be fully weaned by the time they’re 8 weeks old. This is the time that many breeders will allow their puppy’s new parents to take them home. However, if you’re picking a puppy from a local shelter, they may be a little bit older but just as adorable and loveable.

Be patient

Regardless of where your puppy has come from, the first thing you need to realise is that it’s all very new, scary, and exciting for your puppy. They’re in a completely new environment, with people they don’t know. And they’re still learning. So, accidents will happen and it’s important that you remain patient.

Spend time at home until they settle

If you can, it’s worth spending as much time at home with them for the first few weeks to months. You’ll need to feed your puppy a few small meals per day, rather than one or two larger meals, as their tummies are still small. It’s also good to be around them as they get used to their new home. If your workplace offers flexible working arrangements, then this is the ideal time to take full advantage of working from home.

Start toilet training

Staying home with your puppy also means you can get started on toilet training. Take them outside after every meal, so they can do their business. And, in between meals, keep an eye on them and if they show signs they need to go, quickly take them to a place where it’s appropriate to do so. This way they’ll quickly get the idea of what the expectations are.

Start classes and socialisation

General training should also start from day one. This doesn’t have to be teaching them how to sit and stay – it is more about getting them used to what behaviour is acceptable, and what isn’t. As soon as you can, it’s also very worthwhile to enrol you and your puppy into puppy school. These are a great way for you and your pup to learn the basics and get some socialisation in. And really, what’s better than spending some time in a room full of puppies?!

Stay up to date with shots

It’s also important to make sure your new fur baby remains up to date with their vaccinations. The shelter or breeder will inform you of any vaccinations they will have had and when the next lot is due; they’ll often need several shots between the age of 6 and 16 weeks. But, if you have any questions, it’s best to chat with your vet, and they can advise the best course of action.

Consider pet insurance

Of course, one thing that’s recommended for your new puppy is insurance. Pet-n-Sur strongly recommends doing so as early as your can in your pet's life. Not only can puppies be more prone to illness, but the longer you leave it, the more likely your policy will be subject to 'pre-existing conditions' - no matter what provider you choose.

If you’re interested in learning more about our dog insurance plans, click here or call us on 0800 738 678. We hope you enjoy these first few months of owning a puppy - and the many more years to come.