Tips For First Time Dog Owners

Becoming a dog owner for the first time can take a great deal of work and determination but once your new pet is settled in, the unconditional love and companionship is a worthy reward. Our experts at Jaycliffe Pets have put together a few top tips for first time dog owners to make this transition as smooth and easy as possible.

Preparation before bringing your new dog home:

  • A change of environment may cause your new pet to become rather stressed. Decide which room in your home the dog will be spending most of his time in so he can become acclimatised to his new surroundings.
    Top tip: the kitchen will make dealing with cleaning up much easier.
  • Once you have chosen a room where your dog will be based, make sure you dog-proof the area so it is completely safe.
    Remember to:
  1. tape loose electrical cords to the floor
  2. store chemicals/cleaning products on high shelves
  3. remove plants, rugs and fragile items
  4. install baby gates (if required)


  • Purchase an ID tag with your phone number inscribed on it and bring it with you when you collect the dog. This will act as an extra measure of safety during the journey and first few days in his new home

Collecting your dog and his first day at home:

  • When you pick your new dog up, remember to ask when he was fed and what he was given so you can use the same schedule to avoid gastric problems.
  • Some dogs can find car trips a rather stressful experience, so on the way home make sure your new pet is safely secured to make the trip easier for both of you. Let him lie on your lap to help him establish a bond with you and recognise you as his friend. If your dog is rather anxious/restless during the journey, it may be better to use a crate.
  • Once he has arrived at his new home, immediately take your dog to the toilet area and spend plenty of time here so he can get used to the area and relieve himself. Remember: be prepared for accidents!
  • Introducing your new pet to family and friends can be a rather overwhelming experience, so make sure you do so gradually to avoid unsettling or scaring him.

Caring for your new dog:

  • To prevent unwanted litters and adolescent behaviour problems, neuter or spay your dog when they are old enough.
  • When in public, keep your dog on a leash at all times to prevent him running away or jumping on other dogs or passers-by.
  • Provide your dog with healthy food and water and remember to clean the bowls daily.
  • Check your garden is completely secure for when your dog is playing outside, keeping an eye out for any holes or gaps in fencing/gates.
  • Take your dog to the vet at least once a year.
  • Brush your dog regularly for a healthy coat.
  • Provide chew toys for healthy teeth as well as entertainment.
  • Carry out obedience training with your dog to ensure he picks up the correct habits early on and remains well-mannered.
  • Take your dog for a walk at least twice a day so he is mentally and physically stimulated. Remember: pick up after your dog and dispose of the dog’s waste in the correct manner.
  • Bathe your dog when necessary (usually not needed more than once a month otherwise his skin will become irritated).

Here at Jaycliffe Pets, we are dedicated to making sure your pet is provided with the care, attention and training it needs to develop both physically and mentally. Leaving your dog home alone all day can be detrimental for their health and behaviour, which is why our doggy day care services have proven to be extremely beneficial amongst our customers. While you are at work, we provide a safe and fun place for your dog to stay, providing:

  • entertainment
  • exercise
  • dog walking
  • socialisation

Simply get in touch with our friendly team of experts today for further information or to book an appointment.