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Dog owner checklist

Here are some tips on what you might need to do before bringing your new addition home for the first time.

Thinking of getting a dog? Congratulations! You might be about to embark (no pun intended) on one of life’s most exciting and rewarding journeys.

Here are a few things to consider to help ensure you give your new dog the best possible start to their new life.

What to do before collecting your dog

Update your dog’s microchip details

Your dog should be microchipped before you bring them home. You’ll be given their chip’s details by the breeder, seller or rescue centre and you’ll need to update the information with your name and address online or by post.

This is really important as it could increase the chance of you being reunited with your dog if they were to go missing.

Register with a vet

Just like you’re registered with your GP, your dog will need a vet in their times of need. Researching and choosing a veterinary practice before your canine companion comes home will help give you peace of mind if they were to get hurt or become ill soon after you get them.

Book vaccination appointments

Vaccinations protect your dog against potentially fatal diseases and puppies are particularly vulnerable to parvovirus and canine distemper, so it’s vital they receive their jabs. If you’re unsure about your dog’s vaccination history, speak to your vet who will be able to restart the course to ensure your pet is properly protected.

Think about pet insurance

Protecting animals is at the heart of what we do, and we know how expensive vet fees can be, especially without insurance. In 2020 the average claim was £817 but can vary depending on the breed, treatment and where you live.

If you’re unsure if pet insurance is for you, think about what you would do in the event of an unexpected bill.

Dog-proof your home and garden

Whether you’re bringing home an excitable pup or you’ve adopted an older dog, you’ll want to make sure you check your house and garden for any dangers so your new canine companion can explore safely when they arrive.

Look out for: small gaps, electrical wires, fireplaces, any fragile items and anything you don’t want to be chewed.

Buy what you need

There are some basic items you'll need to buy to help ensure your new addition feels comfortable and welcome. You’ll want to think about what your dog will eat, which toys they’ll want to play with and where they will sleep.

Here are some things that your list could include:

  • Bedding
  • A crate
  • Bowls
  • Food
  • Collar and tag
  • Lead
  • A harness
  • Car harness, crate or guard
  • Toys
  • Puppy pads
  • Poo bags
  • Grooming equipment
  • Doggy toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Dog shampoo

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