Cuddles and snuggles, a best friend for life. The excitement of a new puppy!

Raising a pup is a fun and rewarding experience although it does require a lot of time and patience. Whether you're getting a puppy for the first time or adding to your existing pack there is plenty to consider.

We have put together a comprehensive new puppy guide on what you need to know to help them through the demanding puppy years and grow into a happy, healthy and well-adjusted dog.

Before getting a new puppy

You've probably been planning the arrival of your new furry friend for months (or even years!) or you might have fallen in love with an unsuspecting stray pup who is suddenly joining your household.

Puppies are certainly hard to resist. What's not to love? But before you choose your new pup consider these important questions.

  1. Where do you live? Think about the property you live in and that your new pup will live. Is it a house or an apartment, big yard or no yard. Is your property well fenced so your pup can run around and play safely. Consider the breed size and size of your pup once they are fully grown. A Labrador is obviously not an ideal choice if you live in an apartment! If you are in a rental make sure to get your landlords permission before buying that new pup.

  2. Which pup is right for you? Consider the different breeds and what their individual needs are. Do these fit in with your families lifestyle?

  3. Will they be left alone regularly? Dogs love company, if your pup will be left home alone during the day consider how they will be kept entertained. Consider a dog walking or daycare service.

  4. Consider your budget. Owning a pet comes at a cost. Food, flea treatment, accessories, grooming and trips to the vet will all add to your household budget. You also need to consider additional expenses such as pet insurance and boarding kennels.

  5. Breeder or adoption, where is your new pup coming from? Ensure your new pup is coming from a reputable dog breeder or adoption centre. If adopting from a breeder, you should receive copies of lineage and necessary health testing for the breed.

Getting Started

Below you’ll find a list of must-haves to help you welcome your new puppy into your home and family.

Food for your puppy

Flea & Worm treatments for your puppy

Sleeping & Walking supplies for your puppy

Toys & Treats for your puppy

Clean up supplies for your puppy

Grooming & Health supplies for your puppy

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