Welcoming a new puppy into your family is an exciting event. But, it’s worth remembering that for your puppy their new home is unfamiliar, and without the comfort of their mother and littermates, maybe even scary. To help you out, Beaphar have put together some tips to remember to help you and your puppy settle into family life together.

Questions to ask your breeder before taking your puppy home

  • When were they last wormed and treated for fleas?
  • Have they had their first vaccinations? If yes, when is the second one due?
  • Ask what food your puppy has been eating – it’s important to continue to feed the same food to avoid an upset tummy. If you do wish to transition your puppy onto a different food once they’re home, this should be done slowly by mixing the old food with the new. Over time, gradually increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of old food, until your puppy has completely transitioned to the new food.
  • Ask your breeder if you can leave a blanket with the mum and puppy for a week or so before you pick your puppy up. Then, when you bring your puppy home you can take the blanket with you. The familiar smell of their mother and littermates can help your puppy feel reassured while travelling and in their new home.

Allow your puppy time to settle into their new home

  • Don’t overcrowd your puppy – you may be excited about the new addition to your family but your puppy may be feeling anxious and scared.
  • If you already have another pet in the home, try to keep your puppy separate from them until your puppy has had time to get used to their surroundings.
  • Use a calming product to help your puppy feel more reassured. The Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Range contains a synthetic copy of the Dog Appeasing Pheromone. This pheromone is clinically proven to promote feelings of reassurance in dogs, and is naturally produced by the bitch when she nurses her puppies, making it ideal for supporting your new puppy. The range includes the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Diffuser, which can be plugged in at home and left on continuously to reassure your puppy. We recommend doing this around one week before your puppy arrives. Also available is the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Spray, which can be used inside your car, in the dog crate and on blankets before collecting your puppy to help them feel less anxious during the journey.
  • You could also use the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Collar Puppy. The collar gives a continuous and reassuring message to help your puppy feel at
    ease during their transition into their new home. Once fitted, the collar lasts up to four weeks so it also provides a great aid as you start socialisation and basic training. If your puppy feels less anxious they are more likely to  respond to a learning period

Book your puppy an appointment with your vet positively.

  • Your puppy will need vaccinations to keep them protected against certain diseases, so book an appointment with your vet as soon as possible to get the process started.
  • It’s important to speak to your vet about having your puppy neutered. They’ll be able to
    advise you of the process and the best time to have the procedure done.
  • Remember, it is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, so you’ll need to
    get this done as well unless the breeder has already done so. Speak to your vet for more
    information.

Begin socialisation and training for your puppy

  • Once your puppy has gotten used to their surroundings, you can gradually begin introducing them to more people and pets.
  • It’s important to play with your puppy regularly. This will help you bond with your puppy and keep them mentally stimulated.
  • Once your puppy has had their vaccinations, you’re ready to explore the outside world! Try a Beaphar Gentle Leader®, which works with your dog’s natural instincts to help them to stop pulling on the lead. Endorsed by leading animal behaviourists, it makes walks more enjoyable for both you and your puppy.

  • It’s a good idea to enrol your puppy in puppy classes. This will help with socialisation and behaviour, allowing your puppy to grow into a happy, well-adjusted dog. Although your
    puppy cannot begin training classes until they are fully vaccinated, classes can get booked up quickly. We suggest beginning your research early and booking in advance.
  • The Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Collar Puppy is ideal for helping your puppy feel at
    ease wherever they are. This can be particularly useful during learning periods and puppy
    classes, helping your puppy to feel less anxious so they’re more likely to respond positively to your instructions.

For more information about the Beaphar product range, visit beaphar.com.