If you’re like most people, you’re probably excited at the prospect of welcoming a new puppy into your home. It’s a chance to start fresh and create new memories with a loyal friend by your side. But before you can bring your new furry family member home, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. In this blog post, we’ll outline the essentials for preparing your home and yourself for the arrival of a new puppy. By following our tips, you can ensure that your latest addition feels right at home from the moment they arrive.
#1: Prepare for your new puppy’s arrival in advance
The first day you bring your new puppy home, you don’t want to be scrambling for food, a leash, or a crate. Instead, make a list of puppy essentials and stock up in advance. Include the following items:
- Pet food
- Long-lasting chews
- ID tags
- Waste bags
- Pet-safe cleaning supplies
- Grooming tools
#2: Establish a schedule for your new puppy
Remaining consistent with your new puppy will help them settle in quickly because they will know what to expect. Keep mealtimes, walk times, and bedtime close to the same schedule each day. The same is true for bathroom breaks. Typically, a puppy will need to go outside when they first wake up, when they get bored with playing, and about half an hour after eating. House-training will go more smoothly if you remain consistent with a bathroom routine. Say the same phrase, go out the same door, and head to the same spot in the yard to help your puppy learn where to go.
#3: Avoid overwhelming your new puppy
Although you’ll want to show off your new puppy, avoid overwhelming them with a houseful of family and friends. Let them meet one or two new people at a time, and allow them to make the first move.
#4: Enroll your new puppy in a socialization class
Proper socialization is essential for raising a confident, friendly puppy. Enroll your puppy in a socialization class to give them the perfect environment for learning how to interact with other puppies, people, and situations.
When socializing, make sure to keep your pup away from dog populated areas (pet stores, dog parks, etc) until fully vaccinated!
Congratulations on your new furry bundle of joy! We can’t wait to meet your new puppy and start building a foundation for a lifetime of health and happiness. Contact our team to schedule your pup’s first vet visit.