Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be a life-changing experience. Picking out your puppy should be fun, but before you fall in love with the first one you see, Bondi Vet has a few essential tips to help you through the process.

In this video, Dr Chris Brown of Bondi Vet offers some fantastic advice on things to look out for when you pick up your new puppy. This includes avoiding puppies that come across as bossy, aggressive, shy and nervous.

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Things to consider before choosing your first puppy

  • The size of your home
    Think about where you live. If you’re renting an apartment, for instance, you might want to forget about adopting a Great Dane. Bigger dogs need a lot of space. In the same way, a Husky puppy might not suit you if you work long hours and don’t have a lot of spare time. Huskies are large and energetic and need a lot of exercise and walks – the last thing you need is a bored (and potentially destructive) dog at home.
  • Grooming
    Every dog breed has different grooming needs. A wrinkly Bulldog will have less need for grooming than a fluffy Samoyed pup that can shed profusely. How much time do you have to devote to your dog’s grooming?
  • Exercise requirements
    How much exercise can you offer your puppy every day? Exercise needs will vary between breeds of dogs, but it’s an important aspect of your pup’s day-to-day care. Exercise is a good opportunity for your dog to socialise with other dogs too!
  • Genetic defects
    Poorly bred puppies can suffer genetic-based diseases or health issues. Unfortunately, the symptoms of genetic disorders aren’t usually visible to an inexperienced eye. Where possible, be well-informed about the overall health of the specific breed.

Fundamental steps to take

Found the right puppy for you? It’s important to take some key steps to ensure your pooch has a long and health life. Keeping vaccinations up-to-date is important, because up until this point, their Mum has been protecting them with antibodies in her milk.

By giving your pups a vaccination between six and eight weeks of age, you will protect them from Parvovirus and the Hepatitus Virus, both of which can be fatal to your dog.

Worming is another ‘must-do’ for your new furry friend. Once you bring your puppy home, worm him every three weeks until he’s 16-weeks-old. You should follow-up with a worming treatment every three months after that.

Your very first puppy: A step-by-step guide
Photo: Chris Becker (Unsplash).

What you’ll need for your puppy

Ideally, you’ll want to have everything organised for the arrival of your new puppy at home, so consider purchasing the following:

      • A properly-fitted collar (with an ID tag)
      • A good lead for walking
      • Bowls for access to food and water
      • Toys – need we say more?
      • Dog treats
      • A training crate or a dog bed
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