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Prep your home for your new puppy

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time, but they can also be a bit of a handful in their first few weeks. Having everything you’ll need on hand before your pup arrives will help them settle in quickly. Here are the essentials...

A West Highland White Terrier puppy sitting in a Scruffs botanical grey box bed.

Dog bed

Choose a small to medium sized bed lined with warm fleece to keep your pup warm while they doze. Check for beds that have removable and washable covers.

A black Labrador standing behing a Scandinavian pet configure extra tall gate.

Playpens and dog gates

As your puppy starts to explore, these are useful for keeping them confined to a safe space, and out of rooms you don’t want them in.

A Cockapoo dog having food from the Rosewood anti-scoff slow dog feeder.

Dog bowls

Stainless steel bowls are more durable than plastic and easier to keep clean. You can also get smart bowls that track eating habits and have motion-sensor covers to keep the food fresher.

Puppy potty training pad.

Toilet training

Puppy pads can help spare your carpet from accidents and are especially useful if it's tricky for your dog to go outdoors e.g. because you live in a flat.

A pet owner using a Wahl thick coat dog and cat grooming brush set to trim dog hair.

Dog grooming

It’s good to get your puppy used to a grooming routine as soon as they are home. Shampoo, brushes for the coat length of your dog’s breed and nail clippers are the essentials.

A father using a Shark Stratos bagless upright vacuum cleaner to clean the floor.

Vacuum cleaners for pet hair

Keep your furniture and floor free of pet hair. Vacuum cleaners with pet tools can trap those stubborn hair and allergens to help you keep your house clean.

Bringing puppies home

When travelling by car it’s safest for your puppy to ride in a travel carrier or crate secured to a seat or in the boot. Think ahead - choose a crate that will be large enough for your fully-grown dog to stand up, stretch out and turn around inside.

Tips for travelling with dogs

 A puppy napping on a comfy bed.

Make their crate cosy

Replicate a warm den with a soft bed or mat. If possible leave a blanket with them a few days before you take them home - it will help them settle if they have something familiar with them.

 A pet parent feeding their dog.

Travel on an empty stomach

Some dogs experience travel sickness and travel better on an empty stomach. Feed your puppy at least two hours before your journey and let them go to the toilet before you leave.

A puppy looking outside through a crate.

Bring the crate indoors

You can bring your crate into your home and put their dog bed in it to create a sleep space for your puppy – many are comforted by a sense of security from a cosy crate or pen.

A puppy eating food from a bowl.

Puppy and dog food

Ask the breeder what they have been feeding your pup – ideally you’d stick to the same diet. Food designed especially for puppies has all the nutrients they need for growth and development.

A dog playing on an Outpaws cooler sprinkler cooling mat.

Dog toys

It’s important that your puppy has lots of interesting things to play with for their development and to strengthen their jaw - plus it will save them chewing on things they shouldn’t!

A dog playing with a Nina Ottoson dog enrichment smart toy.

Dog enrichment toys

Help your dog get more active, build confidence, stay relaxed and happier with fun and adventurous enrichment and puzzle toys.

 A pet parent looking their doggo on the phone through Blink indoor 2 wireless battery smart CCTV security camera.

Indoor camera for pets

Worried about leaving them alone at home? Indoor cameras are the best way to keep checking (even chatting with) your pooch while you're away.

New puppy care

Get ready for unlimited snuggles and cuddles. You're officialy a pawrent now and making your doggo feel at home can take some time. From walking to taking them along on trips, here are all the essentials you'd need to take care of them.

A girl in casual clothes walking with golden retriever in a park.

Dog walking

Only when your puppy is fully vaccinated (around 14 weeks) can they safely go outdoors for walks. You can introduce the collar and lead around the home before this so they get used to the feeling.

 A dog sitting on a mat outdoors in a garden.

Dog collars and dog harnesses

Measure your puppy's neck and compare to the collar sizes. You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers under the collar when it's fastened. Keep checking the size as they grow.

A Jack Russell terrier wearing dog harness and a lead, looking at water.

Dog leads

Standard leads, instead of retractable, are better while your puppy gets used to walking by your side. Nylon leads are lightweight and durable, making them a popular choice for puppies.

A cute small Jack Russell Terrier in a grey coat looking up.

Dog coats and clothes

Whether you want to protect them from the cold weather or generally dress them up, dog coats are just the thing you need.

A doggo sitting in a car boot next to a Streetwize pet travel small kit. 

Dog car and travel essentials

On a long road trip? We've got everything from travel kits to keep them full and entertained to covers that keep your car protected from muddy paws and pet hair

A pup playing with a PetSafe automatic ball launcher dog toy.

Dog garden toys

When the days are nice and you want a breath of fresh air with your pup, why not make it more than just a walk? With ball launchers, frisbees and more, make outdoor time more adventurous.

Potty training a dog using a training pad at home.

Puppy clean up

Trainings pads, dog poop bags, and more. Keep handy all the essentials you need to clean up after them, whether at home or on-the-go.

A dog looking outside while sitting in a Forest Garden wooden dog kennel.

Dog kennels

Dog kennels help you give them a den of their own to sit and spend alone time, give time away from kids or just keep them safe.

Have you considered...

A long haired dog sat on white sheets with paws out in front. A small kitten is sat on the dogs head, with a fluffy rabbit sat between its front legs.

Pet advice and inspiration

Pawsome guides on keeping pets happy.

Have you taken out pet insurance?

Have you taken out pet insurance?

When your dog is ill or injured we know your whole family suffers too. That's why at Argos Dog Insurance, we do everything we can to get your dog back to happy.

Dog supplements.

Dog supplements

Old dogs, active dogs or dogs that need a little extra help. Lintbells Yumove supplements are suitable from 8 weeks old - improving coats, supporting joint structure and reducing stiffness.