Puppy Advice


Starting out - Puppy Care

Bringing home a loveable new puppy is one of life's joys and we have a great guide to help you make it stress free and smooth. Before your puppy arrives you need to puppy proof your home!  Just like any toddler there are certain things you need to put out of reach and make safe.


How do I prepare my home for my Puppy?


Puppy check list

You'll find a handy shopping list below of everything you need to consider buying for your new puppy,
and of course, all of it is available at Petstop!

Settling in your Puppy to their new home

What Sort of Puppy bed, basket or crate should I get?

Your puppy will want a warm, quiet cosy corner to settle into.  It's a big change for him when he leaves his Mum and he will want to feel safe and  secure.                              

Your puppy's bed or basket should be nice and comfortable and in a  quiet, draught free spot.  Place it in the corner of a room where he can  see the family and doesn't feel isolated.  A washable bed is best in case  of accidents.

If you have other pets that you want to introduce to your puppy safely  or rooms that you don't want your puppy to get into, a dog safety gate  is a good idea.  They are similar to the stair gates that we use for our toddlers.

Puppy Crates can be used instead of a bed or a basket and have  some advantages.  If you need to pop out and have to leave your  puppy for an hour or so you can put him in his crate and he will not be  able to get up to any mischief.  If you are leaving your puppy  unsupervised in a crate be sure to remove his collar.  Crates can also  be used to house train your puppy and provide a snug, private den of  his own. When buying a crate make sure it is big enough for your  puppy – he should be able to stand and sit without his head touching  the top, be able to turn around, and be able to lie down without being  cramped for room.

View our Products section for our range of puppy crates, beds, pens, gates and kennels 

What Sort Of Food And Water Bowls?

Food and water bowls should be puppy sized!  If his bowls are too big he could end up paddling in them on knocking them over.  Remember puppies chew everything, so robust ceramic or steel bowls are best.

Visit our Products section for suitable puppy food and water bowls

What sort of puppy collars and leads?

Make sure his collar, harness or lead are the right size for him and have an ID tag on his collar.  Better still why not have your puppy micro-chipped? 

Visit our Products section for suitable puppy collars and leads

Should I Grooming my puppy ?

Yes, get your puppy used to being groomed – it's good for him and his coat but it's also a special time you can spend together building trust and bonding.

To learn more about grooming your puppy visit our Dog Grooming Advice.

View our grooming accessories in our Products section.

If you would like to make an appointment with our Professional Dog Groomer.

Puppy Toys

Don't forget to buy some toys for your puppy – there are specially designed toys available to help him when he is teething.  He may seek out a special toy to cuddle if he is missing his Mum so give him a selection to play with.  You shouldn't play rough games with your puppy till his adult teeth are properly developed or you could hurt him.

Visit our Dog Playtime Advice for some good tips on playing with your puppy.

View our Dog Products section for our range of safe puppy toys.


Your Puppy’s Health

Healthy puppies are happy puppies so once your puppy is settled in at home you should register with a vet to have a puppy health check.

View or Dog Health and Vaccinations Advice to learn more about fleas and worming

Visit our Products section for flea and worm treatments


What and how do I feed my Puppy

Choose a quiet place in the house to feed your puppy where he can eat undisturbed.  If you don't have a floor surface that can easily be cleaned there are feeding mats available so that you can protect your carpets.

View or Dog Feeding Advice to learn more


Exercise and Puppy Training

Exercising your puppy is fun but it also keeps him full of energy and in shape.  You can combine exercise with training when your puppy is between 12 and 18 weeks old.    You can praise and reward your puppy immediately after they have responded to a command or use a healthy treat to show him he has done well.

View our Dog Training Advice to learn more

View our wide choice of training aids, clickers, treats and toys


How do I house train my puppy?

Most puppies don’t begin to gain bladder and bowel control until they are about 4 months old so be prepared for little accidents around the house.


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