What to Do With Your New Puppy

Puppy ChecklistGetting a new puppy is an exciting adventure that will be full of love and joy for years to come. Going home with new owners and assimilating to a new home can be daunting to any puppy. It’s important to provide him or her the best transition possible. If you can get past the first month of getting them used to you and their new environment then you will be off to a great new start. 

When you bring your puppy home make sure you have a crate ready to carry them in. This will be a great opportunity for them to get used to one. Make sure you have it stocked full of toys and treats. If you can, try and get a towel that has their mother’s scent which will go a long way of making them feel secure. Once you get home, make sure you let them go potty before entering the house. Reaffirm this behavior with a treat and a pat on the head. This lets them know that going potty outside is the right thing to do not inside your home.

It’s also good to start talking and petting your puppy so they get used to your voice and touch. This lets them know it’s ok for you to touch their ears, paws, tail, etc. as you will be routinely doing this throughout their life to check for any health issues. A good rule of thumb is to also take potty walks in the morning before you go off to work, right after every meal, and in the evening before bed. Remember to keep the crate in a corner where there isn’t too much traffic. They need to feel safe and secure especially in a new environment. Below is a checklist of products to purchase before you pick up your new puppy. You can get these at Olsen’s pet supplies section of the store.

Puppy Product Checklist

  1. Crate 
  2. Collar & Leash
  3. Food & Water Bowls
  4. Dog Bed
  5. Food & Treats
  6. Grooming Supplies
  7. Toys
  8. ID Tags