You’ve decided to bring home an adorable puppy — congratulations!
The first time you bring your new puppy home is a big moment for both of you — and one of the most precious times in your relationship together. We'll help you make sure your puppy's first impression is a positive one with this handy list of puppy prep tips.
Puppy-proof Your Home
Before bringing home your new puppy, set up your house — and new pet — for success. Make sure you have all the puppy essentials on hand, including a dog collar and leash, food and water bowls, puppy food and treats, chew toys and a dog bed or crate.
Set up one area or room as the “new puppy zone” where your little friend can feel safe as they adjust to their new home; be prepared for any inevitable accidents by lining the floor with some newspaper or puppy pads. By giving your puppy chew toys and a clean blanket, you'll quickly create a cozy environment. Finally, put electrical cords, chargers, shoes, socks and other small objects a puppy might chew out of reach throughout the house.
Choose the Perfect Puppy Name
Thinking about what to name a puppy? You may want to choose a name that matches their personality and is simple to pronounce and remember. Short names ending in consonants — Jack, Champ, Ginger — can be helpful for training, too. The sooner you name your puppy, the sooner they'll feel more at home.
Bring Your New Puppy Home
Now for the moment you've been waiting for! Take your puppy inside to their new home and introduce them to the comfy space where they will sleep and adjust. Just imagine all the scents, sights, and sounds your new best friend will take in. You'll also want to show the puppy where they will eat and drink. Fill the water bowl in advance and put some dry or wet puppy food in the bowl so they can dig right in!
If there are kids in the house, make sure you show them how to treat your new pet with care. Since your pup may be a little anxious at first, teach everyone in your family to be friendly, gentle, and understanding. Keep an eye on your puppy — and kids as they play with them — during the first few days and weeks as they gradually explore.
Start Puppy Housetraining
Though accidents are a part of puppy ownership, a small detail that will make a big difference is starting housetraining as soon as you bring your puppy home. Take some time to help your little friend find a good spot outside — they’ll appreciate having a familiar place to go potty. When your pup gets the job done, show some praise. And if they decide now is not the time to go, no worries. Simply head back inside and try again the next time it looks like your puppy has to go.
Spend Quality Time with Your New Best Friend
Now for the best part: creating special moments together! From day one, you can't help but fall in love with each other. Through fun times and playful moments, you'll create a very unique and special bond.
You've already taken big steps to ensure your relationship starts off on the right foot — or paw. And by setting a loving and caring example, there's no doubt you'll make your precious puppy feel right at home.