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What to Expect When You Bring Your Puppy Home?

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What to Expect When You Bring Your Puppy Home
By LITTLE PUPPY PAWS | February 20, 2023
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It’s great to bring home a puppy for the first time. Most dog owners anticipate having a lovable friend to spend quality time with. When they are at the peak of their adorableness at eight weeks old, many puppies enter our lives. When you realize you are now the proud parent of a small whirlwind with apparently boundless energy, a voracious appetite, and a tendency not to comprehend potty training regulations, that adorable element helps! But what should you expect when you bring your puppy home?

Of course, you’re thrilled and eager to begin this new relationship, but try to consider the puppy’s perspective. He was taken away from his mother, siblings, the only other people he knew, and his home. There are a few things you can do to help the puppy get used to his new life because this can be frightening and confusing for him.

Are You Financially Ready for a Puppy?

This should be the first topic you review before bringing home a new dog, even though it can occasionally be the last thing we want to consider. Puppy ownership can be a costly investment. That is an investment in your happiness. What sort of budget should you set aside for this new investment?

Here are a few things you should plan to budget for: initial purchases, recurring costs, obedience training, veterinary visits, pet insurance, and emergency scenarios.

Puppy Training

To ensure that your dog grows up to be a well-behaved adult, it is crucial to have a puppy that has received proper training. When you bring your new puppy home, you should start house training them and teaching them limits.

Teach them five fundamental instructions to get started: sit, stay, heel, down, and leave it. These commands should be taught to your puppy along with a regular toilet training routine.

It can be a good idea to enroll your puppy in an obedience training class or to seek assistance from a dog trainer if you have problems teaching them. Group lessons for puppy training are excellent for fostering socialization. Consistency is important, but since puppies still need long attention spans, only work with them on training for 20 minutes daily.

Wellness and Health

Another critical factor to consider is the health of your new puppy. In addition to regular teeth cleanings, spay or neuter, and wellness checks, your furry family member will require several vaccinations throughout their life.

Many veterinary clinics offer puppy plans, and you can also buy pet insurance for your puppy. Vaccinations, spay/neuter, a microchip, and free or reduced-cost vet visits are all included in many puppy plans. This option can be very appealing to a first-time dog owner. This will save you money on the initial costs of taking your dog to the vet and provide you with peace of mind.

Because puppies explore the world with their mouths, it is best to be prepared for the unexpected and ready if/when your puppy gets into something it shouldn’t. Accidents can occur even if you believe you have thoroughly puppy-proof your home.

What Things Do You Need to Buy for Your New Buddy?

Before you even get in the car to pick up your new best friend, you should have a few things at home and a few things you should buy for your puppy before he arrives. You’ll be ready for those first few days with your new dog if you buy these ahead of time.

Puppy Crate or Kennel

Purchase a crate that fits them! Little puppies do not require Great Dane kennels, and Great Dane puppies will only grow larger. With too much space, your puppy will believe he has enough room in his kennel to potty and make a mess. He will be uncomfortable while sleeping or kenneled if he has insufficient space.

Puppy Toys

Puppies learn through play, so providing him with engaging, secure toys to use and play with is a wonderful way to keep his mind active and strengthen his relationship with him. Before your puppy gets to your house, pick a few toys you think will be helpful for a puppy early on and buy them. He’ll then have his pick of entertaining items to play with at his new home!

Age-Appropriate Puppy Food

Ask the shelter or breeder to discover what the puppies have been consuming. Then purchase the identical bag and have it handy at home as soon as possible. There’s nothing better than a satisfying lunch and some playtime to welcome your dog to his new house! You’ll relieve yourself of the burden of running out to the shop in the first few days he’s at home to try to get the brand he needs by keeping his food on hand.

When bringing them home, puppies may have severe intestinal problems if you introduce them to food sources too quickly. Choose a brand recommended by your veterinarian that is made especially for young puppies, and ease them into it by gradually introducing a small amount of the new food over time.

Collar, Leash, and Tag

It’s likely that when your new puppy arrives at your house, he will already be wearing a collar of some kind. But get one that can be expanded so they can wear it as they age and grow! Before you bring your puppy home, choose a collar and a leash that you like that is simple for you to use.

Hopefully, your puppy won’t ever run away, but having a name tag with your name, his name, and your phone number engraved on it is a terrific way to keep him safe. Bring this name tag with you when you pick him up so it can be fastened to the collar, and you’ll know he can be recognized!

Odds and Ends

Add a few more items to your shopping list so you’ll be ready when your puppy walks in the door! Purchase puppy pads for those inevitable accidents and a spot begone spray to help eliminate odors caused by mishaps. Get good, age-appropriate training treats and a food and water dish. If you have stairs or areas where you don’t want the puppy to be when you’re home with him, get a cheap baby gate that is simple to install.

Welcoming Your Puppy to Your Home

The big day has finally arrived! You’re on your way to pick up your new furry friend, and you need to know what to bring and how to introduce yourself to this puppy. After all, first impressions are crucial!

Let Your Puppy Learn Your Scent

When you pick up your puppy to take him home, let him sniff you as much as possible! This enables him to become entirely accustomed to your scent. If it’s okay, you should get a head start by bringing an old t-shirt that smells like you to the breeder or shelter where your puppy is being raised so they can become used to your fragrance much sooner.


Let them sit on your lap once you’re in the car. If not, put them in a travel kennel with a blanket or an old t-shirt with your fragrance on it so they can get used to it. Talk to them while driving so they feel more secure and get used to your voice and your scent.

Potty Training

One of the most challenging tasks you’ll face as a new pet owner is house-training your dog. Take them to their designated outside toilet to get things started right when you arrive home. It’s an excellent method to stir things up and make them need to go potty as soon as they get out of the car to ride in the car for a while, long or short!

It would be best if you led them to the location you want them to utilize permanently as a bathroom. Be patient, and if your little charge does use the restroom outside, encourage them and start cementing the idea by rewarding them with a treat. As soon as they realize what’s going on, they’ll be eager to relieve themselves outside!

Puppy Proofing 101

If you’ve never heard of this concept before, consider it from the standpoint of having a crawling baby or toddler over to your house. They want to experiment and discover new things. It’s the same with a puppy!

Although it may appear difficult, and you may be looking around your house thinking everything is fine, there are a few things you may be overlooking. Bringing a puppy home necessitates some preparation to remove potentially hazardous items and situations for your peace of mind and the safety of your puppy. The following are the most important things to prepare in your home:

Electronics and Cables

One of the most common problems that new puppy owners face is their puppy chewing on electrical cables and electronics. Because they are low to the ground and easily accessible, these items act as puppy magnets. If your puppy is teething, this is the best target to chew on to soothe their gums. However, cables can cause electrical burns in your puppy’s mouth and intestine blockage if they ingest pieces. Begin by removing any that you can, covering them up, or ensuring that cables and devices such as TV remotes and other electronics are well out of your puppy’s reach.

Trash Bins

A curious puppy is attracted to food. A trash can full of leftovers and other interesting-smelling items will be a popular target! A puppy’s stomach is susceptible, and most human foods are over-processed and seasoned, leading to serious stomach problems. In this case, the best advice is to keep the trash and recycling bins away from your puppy. Not to mention the bathroom trash cans! Puppies enjoy reaching in and grabbing soft papery items such as Kleenex. Make sure your bins have lids and close the bathroom door.

If you intend to keep your puppy in the kitchen, move the bins to another room or outside until your puppy is older, more trained, and can be trusted not to scavenge through the bins. However, cabinet safety locks and child-proof lids are excellent alternatives for those who cannot relocate their bins!

Medicines and Cleaning Supplies

It’s usually a good idea to store things like household cleaners, laundry detergent, and even medications somewhere out of reach or locked, so your puppy doesn’t inadvertently get into them, depending on where you plan to keep your puppy in your home for the first few weeks. Nobody wants their puppy to consume something that requires an immediate trip to the veterinarian, which is the worst-case scenario. Before bringing your new puppy home, spend some time researching specific home items and whether they are pet safe!

Make a Separate Area for Your Puppy

You should provide your puppy with a separate area they can recognize as their own. Set up a playpen with their crate inside and some space for them to play. This will be their primary location for safe rest and play. You can even use it to feed your child and set up potty pads if necessary. Setting up a space like this establishes boundaries, which is critical for your puppy’s safety and the beginning of their training — and it’s never too early to begin puppy training!

Socializing Your Puppy

With all the excitement surrounding a new puppy, it can be difficult to calm down and figure out what to do with the puppy when you bring him home! Rather than allowing everyone to swarm him and risk overwhelming his senses, meet him one-on-one in the neighborhood where he’ll be living.

Rewarding Behavior

Puppy learning is quick! Start by promoting proper behavior at a young age with positive reinforcement and tasty treat rewards when they comply with instructions. Be sure to stop biting, nipping, or gnawing within your puppy-proof area and reroute them to toys or goodies they can nibble and chew. Your dog will have a fantastic first night at his new home if you use positive reinforcement!

Sleeping With Your Puppy

The first night with a new puppy can be stressful, just like bringing home a new baby. Prepare for the best night possible for you and your furry friend by doing a few things before and after you get your puppy home!

Setting Up His Room

Puppies are no different from people in that they like to have a private area to unwind and sleep well. His kennel serves as his bedroom. Therefore it should be prepared before he arrives. When you come home, give him a tour of his kennel, some safe toys, an old t-shirt, and a bed. Make sure he understands it’s his secure area by allowing him to explore and leaving him inside for a short period of time. To make the kennel darker and more secure, you may drape a blanket over it, although figuring out whether this would be better or worse may require trial and error.

Potty Before Bedtime

Before you tuck your pup in for the night, go outside and try to use the restroom one more time. Give the command you’ve chosen while remaining patient! Puppies are still learning and sniffing the yard or outside area you’ve chosen for their potty area, and they may need to take a lap or five around before deciding where to do their business.

Setting Up a Routine

Set up your bedtime routine after you’ve let the puppy go potty outdoors for the final time. Give them the instruction to kennel or crate, then give them some time to do so. This is an excellent time to enforce those rules and bribe them with a small treat to help them remember the direction. Saying goodnight and turning out the lights now is a wonderful idea.

By the time they are 10 to 12 weeks old, puppies should sleep through the night without a problem because they typically sleep 15-20 hours a day. They will be able to easily sleep through the night once they have established a routine and acclimated to their new surroundings.

Crying Himself to Sleep

The worst thing you can imagine as a puppy is probably when your best buddy in the entire world turns out the light and leaves you alone. There’s a good chance you’ll shed a few tears. Puppies experience just that. Don’t give in to this crying if you can help it. Give them time to sob and settle in a while, reassuring them that they can go to sleep again.

Avoid giving in to the urge to let the puppy spend the first night in your bed! Although crate training requires patience, perseverance, and time on your part, the result will be a wonderful space your puppy can call their own. They always have this kennel and crate to retreat to if they feel threatened or need a quiet place to unwind. They miss out on their first night in their new room when you let them sleep in bed because class starts early.

Potty Breaks at Midnight

Puppies are tiny, and their bladders are even smaller! During the first few nights your puppy is at home, you will most likely be woken up for a bathroom break in the middle of the night. Pay attention to his cries and respond quickly. Take him to his potty spot outside and be patient. This is the most difficult time to keep calm and not lose heart. The puppy will most likely wander around and do a lap or two or five around your yard, which can be difficult at midnight. Allow him to take a lap or two or five and go potty when he needs to. This will continue to reinforce the need to go outside for any potty business, regardless of the time.

Giving the puppy lots of praise and allowing him to run around outside for a while after he finishes his business is rewarding. By encouraging him with this game, you can solidify the idea that spending time outside is beneficial to both you and him. He’ll have time to play outside after finishing his chores, so it won’t just be a job.

The Transition to Your Home

Bringing a new puppy home is all about adjusting. Your puppy is getting used to his new surroundings, and you are getting used to his habits, quirks, and personality! However, this process takes time, so don’t expect a perfect puppy overnight. You’ll have your puppy on a schedule in no time if you continue to be consistent with training and reassurance!

Puppy Crate Training

In your home, their box serves as both a haven and a haven for them. But it can be difficult to train them to use the box properly.

Begin by helping your dog enter the crate when told to do so. When they answer, give them a small gift and lavish them with effusive praise. Shut the door once they’re inside and depart for a short while. If you come back, don’t open the door until they are silent. Encourage them to remain seated within the kennel until you order their release.

Puppies, like babies, require naps. This is an excellent opportunity for you to take a break from watching them and for them to spend some time alone in their crate. They will most likely fuss and cry when you shut them in, but give them time to adjust and settle down.

Food Training

It’s your responsibility to break your dog’s tendency to become possessive of its food at a young age. Start by giving your puppy each food by hand the first few times. They will learn to share the area around their food and maintain composure when someone enters that space.

Make sure they receive the right amount of food each day. Keep excess food and snacks out of reach and away from curious teeth despite how difficult it may be to resist those puppy-dog looks!

No matter how much you love eating steak and Brussels sprouts or hamburgers and fries, your puppy’s stomach won’t be able to handle them. People’s food should not be given to their dogs because it might easily disrupt their digestive system. Use puppy-friendly snacks in the proper size to reward your dog.

Finally, feed your dog according to a regular schedule. With their intake of food and where and when they will use the restroom under your control, this will also help.

Dog-to-Dog Training

Introducing your new puppy to an older dog can be intimidating because it seems like there can never be just one dog or puppy. Your older dog might feel as though he has been intruded upon by this new fluffy ball, much like how your puppy is settling into his new home! By working with both animals in some training, you can reduce the number of hair-raising antics.

Start by introducing your older dog to your new puppy in a more welcoming setting, such as a yard or anteroom. The greatest approach for them is to understand the other person, and they intend to allow them to sniff and smell each other. Keep your large dog on a leash so you can quickly remove him if he begins to play rough or become hostile toward your new puppy.

Allow your dogs to get to know each other in a puppy-proof area or through a dog gate. Your puppy will remain safe within his gated area, but he will be able to sniff and “talk” to his new older sibling while they get to know each other.

You or another trustworthy member of your household should keep an eye on any interactions between your older dog and your new puppy. When adult dogs recognize that the puppy poses no threat, they typically adopt the role of an elder sibling and play with and love the puppy, though if they become irritated, they may lash out. Don’t allow young children to watch your dogs interact if this occurs!

Potty Training Your Puppy

The challenge lies in this. It can take months for some puppies to become fully housebroken, while others take weeks to catch on. Potty training your dog is a lengthy process. Patience, consistency, and reinforcement are the keys to successfully house-training your new pet.

Initially, let your puppy out as soon as he emerges from his kennel and just before he retires for the evening. Additionally, it would be best if you tried to confine him to the puppy-proof section of the house to prevent him from exploring other areas and marking his territory with accidents.

Take him outside to use the restroom after each exciting play session. Puppies frequently lack bladder control, which makes it easy for them to forget to use the restroom until it’s too late while playing. After all the fun, taking them outside will reinforce the notion that they must use the restroom outside.

Finally, take them outside to use the restroom for around 30 minutes after meals. They need this long to digest, so if you wait any longer, your home can fill up with piles when you don’t want them to!

Use positive reinforcement to offer your dog a reward after a successful trip to the restroom outside. Give them lots of head pets, tasty goodies, and a lot of praise for a job well done!