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The ultimate puppy preparation guide 2020

December 17, 2019

Preparation guide - Part 1Comments


This is the first part in a series of posts dedicated to helping new puppy owners prepare for their new arrival.

Firstly, if you’ve started to build up anxiety about getting everything just right before your new arrival, you’ve probably gone down a research rabbit hole. You may well know too much already, my friend! I recommend you take this puppy quiz. If you pass it there should be an end to the research, including this blog post - especially if you’ve plumbed the depths and created neat little notes! Just get yourself ready to enjoy your puppy.

Take the quiz before you continue

So you failed the quiz, then? Okay, we’ve got some work to do to get you prepared for your puppy. Don’t worry you’ll ace that quiz after reading this short guide. If you did pass, why are you still reading? Go look at puppy pictures and think about all of the things that you two will get up to.

Okay, you’re as bad as me. It can’t hurt to be too prepared.

Firstly, everyone will tell you just how important the early days are in the development of your new family member. A bad experience early on will have an impact on your friend for the rest of their life. This is where the anxiety and desire to plan and research comes from. You immediately say to yourself “One false move and I’m going to be living with a cranky pooch for a long time”. That is when the initial excitement can turn into anxiety, especially if it is your first puppy. Maybe this will reassure you that everything will be fine, you just need to be prepared. That is exactly the purpose of this guide - to get you prepared for your new puppy.

So, to start off, we’ll go through all of the things you need to do and think about before you pick your puppy up. After that we’ll move onto actually surviving the first month with your new puppy. After that you’re on your own!

Before all of that, though, I suppose I should first introduce you to Betty. She’s our dog we’ve had since a puppy and she’s 2 years old now. She will be our doggy volunteer and I’ll use our recent experiences with her to illustrate this guide.

This is Betty before we picked her up:

Betty as a puppy

She’s a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and about 6 weeks old in that photo. Very fat and cute!

Anyway, on with the preparation guide!

Up Next

Up next is part 2 of our Preparation guide series - What to do before your puppy arrives