A list of things you should consider in preparation for the arrival of your new puppy :

Puppy Food

Hills Science Diet Puppy Food A premium puppy food is always recommended over cheaper alternatives. There are a number of reasons why veterinarians recommend these premium foods. We stock a range of premium dry foods as well as the BARF and other RAW food alternatives. Always check the specific size and age requirement for your puppy.

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Food & Water Bowls

Puppy BowlsIt is recommended that more than one water bowl is used, in case your puppy knocks the bowl over. Consider the size of your puppy when purchasing bowls.  Water fountains are also a good idea in warmer climates so you know in warm weather your puppy will never run out of water when you're not home.  Food & Water Bowls come in ceramic, plastic and stainless steel options.  You can also find ant-free, designer and eco-friendly models.

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Puppy Beds

Timber KennelYour puppy will love a comfy bed.  Consider the size your puppy is now and the size it will grow into. For larger dogs, allow room for your puppy to grow – larger breed puppies can grow quickly. If your dog is to spend a lot of time outside a mat or flea free bed for outside should be considered as well as a kennel.  Protection from wind and rain is essential.  

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Flea Treatments & Prevention

Frontline Plus Flea TreatmentYour breeder or the place you purchased your puppy from should have told you what treatments your puppy has had and when it’s next ones are due.  Flea treatment is usually given once a month.  Some flea treatments can also control ticks so talk with your local pet shop about what is best for the area in which you live.

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Intestinal Worming & Heartworm 

New Puppy PhotoYour breeder or the place you purchased your puppy from should also have told you what worming treatments your puppy has had and when it’s next ones are due.  Intestinal worming is required every 2 or 4 weeks for the first 6 months and heartworm for 6 months. We recommend you ask your vet to run through the requirements for ongoing treatment when you take your puppy for it’s vaccinations.   We can also help explain the different worming products that are available to you.

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Toys

Plush Puppy ToysToys are not just for your puppy to “play” with. They help to occupy and stimulate your puppy as well as help with teething. Chewing is a natural urge for most dogs. A variety of toys or treat balls and rotating them to prevent boredom is recommended. Consider as a starter a “Kong” toy, a cuddly toy or rope toy and a treat ball.

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Treats

Natural Puppy TreatsTreats are a great way to reward your puppy for good behaviour.  A variety of healthy or natural treats are available. Treats should be used for both training purposes and to help relieve separation anxiety in new puppies.  There are also a range of treat dispensing toys that can be good entertainment for your puppy.  Stick with low fat, healthy treat options.

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Crates & Toilet Training Aids

CratesCrate training is a great way to help your puppy settle into their new home, feel safe and help with toilet training.  Crate training also helps for when your puppy has to travel or stay at the vets. Puppy training pads are also available and with added attractants can help train your puppy to use a particular area. Please remember some puppies may not have full control of their bladder until they are 16 weeks old, so patience and persistence is the key.

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Collar & Lead

Puppy CollarsWhilst your puppy may be too young to take for walks yet, it’s a good idea to get it used to wearing a collar and even walking around the house on a lead. Try to get a collar that allows for rapid growth in the first few months and is also strong enough to hold your puppy without breaking.  Shorter leads are better when first training your puppy to walk on the lead and as they get older longer leads and retractable leads are also a good choice.

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Grooming Brushes & Combs

Grooming BrushesA variety of brushes and combs are available for different sized dogs and breeds. All dogs require regular combing and brushing to remove dead, loose hair and to prevent matting.  Start with a gentle brush and reward your puppy with treats so they associate grooming with a positive experience.  For longer hair we recommend a good slicker brush.  For dense undercoats you can't go wrong with a deshedding tool as well.

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Shampoo

Puppy ShampooYour puppy is not too young to be bathed as long as they can be kept free from getting a chill.  Ensure you use a chemical and soap free shampoo that will be gentle on your puppy.  Oatmeal shampoo's are a good choice.  Do not use human shampoo as these can cause skin irritations.

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Pet ID Tag

You'd be surprised how resourceful even a young puppy can be in getting out of your yard or enclosure.  A pet ID tag is an essential that helps to ensure your puppy is returned to you safely.  We recommend including your puyppy's name, two phone numbers and even your local council dog registration number on the ID tag.

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