4. Training and socialisation
Your local RSPCA or vet can give you more information about what it takes to raise a polite and well-balanced puppy and care for it throughout its lifetime.
- Have you made sure your home is puppy/ dog safe?
- Have you organised puppy school and more training for your new companion?
RSPCA offer training for dogs and puppies of all ages! To learn more about dog training click here. Pet training and socialisation is very important to set your dog up to be the best companion they can be and reducing long-term behavioural issues.
You can also read more about introducing your dog to other dogs and welcoming a new pet into your family and introducing them to your newborn baby.
Pets as Christmas presents
Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting time for the whole family. Deciding to get a pet should be a planned decision by everyone in your household and a life-long commitment, not a Christmas surprise.
To read more pet care tips, visit the RSPCA knowledgebase.