Puppies are lovely but can be a lot of really hard work. Be prepared for months of disruption, chaos and mess – puppies really aren’t for the seriously house proud!
You’ll also need to puppy-proof your house, so that your little darling can’t chew electrical wires, and put toxic plants and materials out of reach.
It’s a delicate balancing act ensuring that your puppy doesn’t get too much or too little attention during this time, as well as learning when to give it and when to ignore certain behaviour.
It is vital to socialise your puppy correctly as this can prevent so many of the behavioural problems resulting in dogs being abandoned, rehomed or put to sleep each year.
Owning a puppy can be a joy, but it’s also quite a serious responsibility to lay the correct groundwork, so that you end up with an adult dog that’s an angel and not a nightmare.