Let’s Talk New Puppy!
Your journey as a new parent starts before you bring the little bundle home. Making sure your home and family is really before your puppy even comes home.Having a few special supplies already set up, having the following on hand on the first day for your puppy’s arrival will set everyone up to success.
Purchasing a handful of essential supplies will set your puppy up for success and make your life a lot easier.
Make sure you have the following on hand the day your puppy walks through the door, it will help him adjust to his new family and surroundings. You will need to consider that this is all so overwhelming, take the time to fill all his basic needs and introduce your dog to the house and family.
- A baby gate for setting up his special space
- Chew toy – to help when they want to start chew or nibble on something. Avoid rawhide and plastic chewie
- A harness/collar and leash. Avoid retractable leashes.
- Get an enzymatic cleaner for removing any potty accidents
- Puppy chow and treats. Choose high-quality brands that are low on grain fillers.
1. Set Up A Special Space Just for Him
There should be a small space that can be blocked off allowing you to keep an eye on him any stress he may be feeling while gets use to his new home.
- Food bowl
- Water bowl
2. Get a Collar, ID Tags, and a Microchip
At first your puppy may be too young to take outside when they arrive home, but you should make sure they have proper ID tag and collar from the very first day, in case of emergency.
Have all the following information on the tag:
- Dog’s name and your last name
- Your address
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- If there is space on the tag, you may want to also include your vet’s phone number.
Also, let’s not forget about your vet, have him or her microchip your puppy, especially if it hasn’t been done, during your first visit.It’s very important to set up a checkup for your new dog within a week of getting your new dog to keep any health conditions in check and treated. Also, during your first vet visit set up a schedule for future vaccinations.
Remember to register the chip online with your information.
Toys will entertain and make everyone happy.
Buy a variety of different toys to figure what toy it the best one to play with. It’s important to give your new dog items that will entertain it and make it happy. Buy an array of toys so that you can figure out what your new dog likes to play with best.
- Make sure that you stock up on lots of chew toys to keep him away from chewing on something else.
4.Bring Home Something That Smells Like Them
Familiar smells will help your dog to feel calm and more comfortable as he adjusts to his new home and family.
5.Now, Let’s Show Your New Dog His New Surrounding – Home
It’s important to introduce your new dog to the whole home, not just the inside of the home. Before you bring him into his new home, it’s a good idea to also let him get used to all the area around the home, not just the inside.
Once you arrive home it’s important to let him get a feel of his surroundings. Not only let him sniff around, but hopefully he’ll be able to go to the bathroom and release some energy before going into the home.
Once inside show your new puppy their home base as soon as they get home, put some treats in so they go there on his own. If you make it fun, the more likely they are to relax and settle in.
Setting up a puppy only area will help you set up the boundaries you want on the very first day.
6. Potty Training Must Start Right Away
The first thing that you should do as soon as you get your new puppy home, is to take them to their special “spot”, potty that is. When they pee, let them know right away that they are a “good boy” and give them a treat.
Once your puppy is inside, make a plan to take potty breaks every two hours. Accidents will happen, but you and your puppy can start off on the right paw by setting up a schedule right away
The first 24 hours with your puppy are a time to let them know that they’re part of the family. But you also want to set up a routine, plus physical boundaries, to let them know how to behave in the house.
Puppies sleep basically 15-20 hours a day! But they also will probably have to go potty hourly. If your new puppy is 8-12 weeks old, they will probably take lots of naps and once they wake up, they will need to go potty.
I know that all you want to do is play with your new puppy and show him off to all your friends the first day. But, it’s not easy for your new puppy, going on a ride to a brand-new place with strangers.
Try to make their first day with his new family a safe, quiet and easy day. Let your puppy get used to her new surroundings and family. When you get a puppy, it’s tempting to invite all your friends over to meet her right away. Of course, you want to show off your new best friend to the world!
But remember, your puppy just went on a scary car ride and is in a brand-new place with people she doesn’t know.
Make your puppy’s first day safe, quiet, and easy. There’s plenty of time for visitors later. For now, let your puppy settle into her new digs—and her new family—in peace. Besides, she’ll probably want to sleep a lot.
8. First Night
Just like a new born baby, your new puppy is going to wake up several time throughout the night. On your first night establishing a routine for bedtime will help your puppy see what to except when everyone goes to sleep.
It’s also important to designate a special sleeping area to help with the routine. Having a nice warm bed and a familiar or favorite toy.
Congrats, You Survived the First 24 Hours Now What?
Hopefully you made it through the first day and lived to tell about it. Puppies are a lot like babies, they need your company, lots of exercise, a routine with you and of course love.
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