#1 Find a good vet
Like with any animal, it’s important to have a professional vet nearby. It’s recommended that as soon as you get a new puppy, your first stop should be to a qualified practice, so that they can give your new fluff ball a full health check. If you don’t know where to visit, we’ve included some fantastic Gosford vets below!
#2 Be sociable
Dogs are social animals, and puppies are no exception! Be sure to give your new family member lots of love and attention so that they begin to feel comfortable in your company. Once your puppy reaches 2-4 months, it’s also important to introduce them to new dogs! Need more information? Talk to your local Gosford vet!
#3 Get pet insurance
We all know that when things go wrong, puppies can cost an arm and leg. To guarantee you won’t have to fork out extortionate amounts on your pet’s health, it’s of upmost importance you get pet insurance. With so many policy options available, be sure to shop around to find the best insurance for you and your pet!
#4 Buy premium food
It’s important to feed your puppy the correct food so that they grow healthy and strong. You’ll find a selection of brands who focus on puppy food rather than formulas for older dogs, so be sure to check the label before purchasing. Always make sure you leave plentiful amounts of water out for your pup!
#5 Teach and train
Taking your new pet to a puppy school is a great way to introduce them to the outside world, as well as teaching them basic commands. If you don’t know where your local puppy school is, ask your local Gosford vet where they’d recommend.
#6 Make it comfortable
Be sure that you have made a nice comfy area for your new four-legged friend before bringing them home. Investing in a puppy bed (or crate!), along with thick blankets is a great way to ensure your pet stays warm and comfortable during the nights.
#7 Puppy-proof your home
Before bringing your new family member home, be sure to give your house a once over to make it fully puppy proof! This may include removing breakable items from the area you intend to keep them, keeping electrical cords covered and storing away all cleaning products.