Tima Lund BSc, BEng and PGCE is a breeder,
trainer and Fish4Dogs ambassador. She gives us her tips on how to ready your
home for the arrival of your new puppy.
Check all your fences; small pups can
squeeze through impossibly small gaps.
Go online and find second hand baby gates.
Staircases needs securing so little pup doesn’t run up/down stairs. It’s
dangerous as it can hurt its shoulders and joints if it runs up and down by
itself. Put a baby gate across kitchen doorway, and anywhere else it may escape
Decide where it is going to have its crate
and ask the breeder what size of crate will be best. The general rule is that
an adult dog needs to be able to stand upright comfortable and lie on its side
with legs stretched out.
Decide where it is going to sleep. It is an
individual choice where you want your pup to sleep but a crate is really great
for the safety of both you and your puppy, as you can’t watch them all the
time. A second hand play pen can also give a bit more space and freedom while
not being able to eat wires etc.
bits and pieces
Make sure you ask the breeder what comes
home with your puppy and you can then ensure you get the other bits in advance.
Rubber backed vet bed is my favourite bedding; it washes and tumble dries
easily and looks good for a long time.
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