There are few experiences more exciting than bringing your puppy home for the very first time. To make sure your new addition settles in as quickly and happily as possible, spend some time creating a welcoming environment ready for when they arrive. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.

A suitable room/area

The first thing to do is decide what part of the house your puppy will call home for the next few months. Even if you plan to let them roam as they please in future, when they're a puppy it's best to keep them in an environment that is safe for them, has easy access to the garden for toilet training, is carpet-free and has no expensive furniture (as these would be at risk of damage).

It also needs to have room for a dog bed, food and water bowls, and for your pup to enjoy playing with their toys - and interacting with you, of course!

A cosy bed

A cosy bed is absolutely essential. Make sure you put in a draught-free, quiet, dry area where your dog can enjoy snuggling up and resting, totally free of stress. When selecting a bed, remember to pick one that allows ample room for your dog to grow, and that is also easy to clean. Also, it's a good idea to buy a second set of bedding for when the other is being washed.

Separate bowls for food and water

Your puppy will need constant access to fresh water, which means you'll need to buy separate food and water bowls. Investing in non-slip bowls is well worth it - they are much less messy than the alternative!

Toys

Puppies love to play, and indeed need to learn, develop and simply to be happy. Purchase a range of toys for your pooch, including ones that allow you to play together, such as balls on ropes. Chew toys, meanwhile, will help keep your pet's teeth clean, and will reduce the chance of them chewing on your possessions.

Remember to check any toys you give your puppy are both pet-safe and appropriately sized - if a chew toy is too small for your dog, for instance, it could be a choking hazard.

Written by: Hannah