Collecting your puppy

The day you collect your puppy is so exciting, but it can be unsettling for them as they leave their mother and litter mates. Here are some things to remember to make sure you’re ready to take care of them.

If you collect them too soon, they’ll miss this important learning period, which could impact their future physical and emotional wellbeing. But if you separate them from their mother and litter mates much later than 10 weeks, you will have missed out on a large portion of their socialisation phase.

Questions to ask your puppy’s breeder

Your puppy’s breeder will hold a lot of information you can use to help your puppy settle more quickly in your home and stay healthy. Remember to ask your breeder the following questions and any others relevant to your individual puppy.

What to take when collecting your puppy

There are a few important things to take with you when you collect your puppy to help them stay safe and feel more comfortable on the journey home. These include:

Keep your puppy safe when walking them to and from the car.

Give a blanket or toy to your puppy's mother for a while to collect their scent which should help keep your puppy calm on the way home.

Make sure your puppy is hydrated on the journey home.

It's good to reward your puppy for being well-behaved early on so bring treats and keep them occupied with something to chew on.

When you collect your puppy they're unlikely to be toilet trained, so be prepared for potential accidents. 

This is an important item, especially if you're collecting them in a car on your own.

Bringing a puppy home – how to handle the journey

The journey home may be your puppy’s first time in a car. It’s important they feel comfortable so they’re not anxious about future car rides. If possible, it’s best to take someone to comfort them while you’re driving.

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