Welcome to the dog owners club. There are few things more exciting than welcoming a new dog into the family. But before you start teaching your dog new tricks, here are a few things you should take care of first.


Puppy paperwork

Ok, paperwork might sound boring, but it’s extremely important. Make sure your dog is properly registered, you have the microchip data on hand, and you’ve been provided with vaccination records. Consult your local Greencross Vets for more information on vaccines and health requirements of your dog. Also, don’t forget to consider pet insurance.


Good pet care involves ensuring your dog isn’t overwhelmed by its new surroundings. Encourage good behaviour with a range of toys that vary in shape, taste and texture.


Teach your dog good manners and tricks by having some treats on hand. If your dog gets bored easily, fill up a kong toy with some smaller treats so that it stays occupied for longer.

Dog food

Growing dogs require good quality food. There is a range of wet and dry food options aimed at different sizes and breeds. Speak to your local Petbarn expert about what’s best for your dog.

Water and food bowls

Your dog is going to need a bowl to eat all that delicious food from. Anti-gulp bowls help slow down your dog’s lightning-fast eating habits, these bowls are especially suited to dogs like Labradors who are known to enjoy their food while a water fountain encourages drinking. You may need an extra water bowl for outside too.

Leashes and collars

When choosing a collar, you want a two-finger gap between the collar and your dog’s neck. If it’s a dog that has never walked on a lead before, shorter is better for training[xvii].

Bedding and crates

Petbarn offers a range of cosy beds.

Clean up control

If you’ve just welcomed home a new puppy, chances are it’s not toilet trained. Keep your house spotless by having cleaning items on hand, including stain and odour control sprays, and waste-disposal bags. 

Local veterinarian

Find out where your local Greencross Vets is located, and contact them to set up and appointment. In the case of an emergency, it’s important that you know where you need to go to find help for your pet. Also read about travelling in the car with your puppy so you know what to expect when the time comes.