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The first few days

Your puppy isn't used to not having mum around. Let them sleep with you for the first few nights, ideally with something that smells of mum. Don't fuss, focus on establishing a routine.
Visit the vet to get them registered and for a check up. They'll advise you on booking vaccinations, worming treatments, neutering and microchipping.
Get your puppy used to wearing a collar, being handled and walking on the lead.
If your puppy cries at night he may need to go to the toilet. Don't make a fuss or he'll cry for you whenever he wakes up.
Before their second round of vaccinations carry your puppy outside so they can see and smell the world without risk of picking up diseases.

The first few weeks

Messing in the house is normal. Don¿t punish them - if you catch them about to go call them to go outside - make a fuss when they toilet outside.
Play biting is a natural game for puppies. Use soft toys to distract him if he bites your hand - he'll soon learn that toys are more fun to bite.
If your puppy has a bad experience it's important to expose them to the same situation again, but to make it pleasant. Repeat until he associates pleasant feeling with the experience.

Three months

Puppies need to be taught to spend time on their own. Doing this now helps him to get used to being alone for short periods, making it easier when he's older.
Now is the time for your puppies second round of vaccinations. Once vaccinated he can spend more time outside encountering new people, noises and experiences.
Take your puppy to socialisation classes and introduce them to other animals.
Book your puppy into training classes. Ask your vet for advice or visit the Pet Behaviour Counsellors (

Six months

At about six months your dog will go through puberty, and just like a teenager, may become moody, quiet or bad tempered. Male dogs may begin to show interest in females and become competitive with males. This can be a testing time, but remember it¿s just a phase which will pass. Now's the time to speak to your vet about neutering.