Before you go and fetch your puppy, you need to have their home set up and ready to go! When you first bring your puppy home, the best way to manage their introduction to the household is to have them in just one or two rooms for the first few days as they settle in. This:
- Makes it easier to puppy-proof
- Means you know where they are
- Allows you to manage the hustle and bustle of the house as they settle in
- Makes toilet training easier, as you can use a room close to an external door
- Allows them to explore and settle in their own time
- Allows busy households to regulate ‘puppy access’, which can be especially important in households with small children.
Ideally the room will be quite central, as this stops your puppy from feeling isolated. Many people choose the kitchen as it is a family hub, the floors are often easy to clean and it may well be where your dog will be fed routinely. Just make sure if you are planning to use a crate that it will fit in the room you choose – crate training should start straight away, as it can take pups a little while to get used to the idea.
The room should contain everything your puppy needs, including food and water bowls, a bed, crate, toys and puppy pads if you are using them. Once your home is all set up, it’s just missing one crucial thing – your new pup!