This week a gorgeous 12 week old new pup came to live with us. 

We asked group members on Facebook and Instagram what’s the best piece of advice they ever received about bringing a new pup into your home. 

Here’s their best tips:

Fiona MacLeod 

Introduce the existing dog in the garden so they can have space to meet.

Christina Jones 

Get a puppy cage

Michele Martin 

Bring something familiar from the puppies previous home, a blanket that smells of mum and siblings is ideal.

Chrissy Beadle

 Introduce whistle from day 1 – sit and recall around feed times pup makes a strong positive association that way. Teach Wait cue early doors too – I train it with treats great foundation for starting to learn self control. Play lots no better way to build an adoring relationship!

Liz Harrison 

Place the puppy straight into garden as soon as you get home (not on floor in house). When they toilet it will be a reference point and make toilet training easier.


When introducing to adult dogs already in the house, introduce them on “neutral ground” and never leave the pup unattended. Usually takes about 2 weeks for the pup to fully integrate (safely) into the existing “pack” but be patient and understanding of the behaviours of the adult dogs


If there’s something you don’t want a dog do, don’t let it learn how to in the first place.

Start training the very simple basics from day one to create good habits!


Either you are training your puppy or the puppy is training you! Always be casually shaping towards desired behaviors.

Emma-louise Stevens 

Enjoy the puppy stage let them be a puppy. Make everything short sessions and finish on a high. Make everything a training session from early on to teach manners when they are a sponge and absorb it all. Things that I call manners. Waiting for doors to be opened, crates to be opened, waiting for dinner, not jumping up. Etc etc which will just build boundaries and a bond with you. Make sure you get your early socialisation in as well

Victoria Jane 

Take a dog with you (if you have one) to collect the puppy, then they will see them settle in the car and travel well. 
When you put then in a crate (if crate training) put their bed (I normally use a cardboard box with a blanket) at the front of the crate and newspaper at the back. That way if they have an accident during the night they arent treading through it when you open the door

Rachael Willis 

Start as you mean to go on. No sleeping in the bedroom, no climbing on the furniture etc etc. You can’t start changing rules, just because the dog is getting older, it does not work…….


Create a space for them with a cosy blanket and some toys and a good antler for teething


Let them cry for the first few nights – leave a radio on for them – they very quickly learn that they are alright


Make all the good things happen around you. The pup must want to be with you not feel forced too 


Give the puppy space and time, don’t over crowd it


Keep training short & simple. Always finish with them wanting more.


Enjoy 😊 Everything will fall into place


Crate training helps them learn to control their bladder / absolute life saver.

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