10 Easy Tips To Survive Life With A Brand New Puppy

10 Easy Tips To Survive Life With A Brand New Puppy

Having a brand new puppy in your life is a momentous occasion. However, it doesn’t matter how much preparation you’ve done, there will be times when you feel you’ve made a huge mistake. It’s a massive fifteen-year commitment and the first weeks pass in a sleep-deprived blur. One minute you feel that you’ve finally mastered the house training, only to return home and find that you’re back to square one.

So why do we do it?

Of course, the obvious reason is that puppies are so flipping cute!

However, if you persevere with the training, be consistent, kind and firm, a wonderful companion will emerge from that bundle of fun who will be there for you no matter what.

Take a look at the following tips which will help you survive life with a brand new puppy.

If you haven’t chosen a name yet, there is some useful information on that too.

Luca 8 weeks
Luca 8 weeks

10 Easy Tips To Survive Life With A Brand New Puppy

1 Book some time off work. This will give you time to bond with your puppy and cope better with sleepless nights.

2 Stock up on disinfectant, baby wipes, carpet cleaner, and kitchen towels.

3 Invest in a good mop, it will become your best friend.

4 Enjoy every minute because they grow so fast, take loads of photos and videos because you’ll enjoy looking back at them.

5 Buy a second-hand baby gate, it will give you both some essential time out and help to keep you sane.

6 If a possession means a lot to you, lock it away for six months. Put the Persian rug in the attic and the Loubitons back in the box, it won’t be forever!

7. Buy a few puppy toys designed for the chewing and teething stage, some can be frozen to cool the gums.

8 Don’t buy a posh bed at this stage,  wait until the dog is fully grown, a small budget bed will be adequate with a soft blanket.

9 Never leave the house without poo bags, keep some in the car, your handbag and every pocket in every coat.

10 Think about crate training. This post has lots more information.

Rosie 10 weeks
Rosie 10 weeks

Choosing a Name For Your Puppy

Have you chosen a name for your puppy yet?

Here are a few things to consider that you might find useful.

Also,  have a look here for a huge selection of unique names.

1 Is it a name you can live with for potentially fifteen years?

2 Does it suit the personality of the dog?

3 Is it a name you won’t be embarrassed to shout out at the park?

4 Try some different names and see how the dog responds.

5 Keep the name short and snappy, easy for the dog to respond to.

6 Watch out for names that sound similar to a command eg No and Joe

7 Don’t give the puppy a name you are saving for a potential child!

8 Remember your cute puppy may grow into a handsome beast!

9 Use your imagination, everyone has a Bella or Max.

10 Think about the dog’s heritage and think of a name that fits with this.

Here are some items that I would personally recommend to help you survive life with a brand new puppy. There are Amazon purchase links with the following products, which are affiliate links.

Puppy Pads

Expandable Gate

Expandable Gate

Slow Feed Dog Bowl

Slow Feed Dog Bowl

Folding pet crate

Folding Dog Crate

dog toothbrush

Dog Toothbrush


Bob-a-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

I hope this helps and don’t forget to enjoy your puppy because they don’t stay babies for long!

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