You already found the perfect puppy, and you are excited about bringing him home soon? It is going to be an incredible moment, although there are a few things to do before getting the puppy. You will need to set the bringing home a new puppy checklist. So, what should I have ready for bringing my new puppy home? First of all, you need to get him a bed and choose the spot where you are going to allow the dog to sleep. Make sure it is a quiet place, where he can retreat for a nap or when you have guests over. Also, you will need to get him two bowls, one for water and one for food. Again, set the spot for serving meals. You should know that the water in the bowl needs to be fresh every day and at the dog’s discretion. You should also get him puppy food, appropriate for his age, training pads for going to the toilet, and a couple of toys.
The most useful advice I can give you is to schedule the home bringing of the puppy for a weekend morning. Thus, you will have enough time to sit with him and make him comfortable. It is not recommended to bring the puppy home in the evening and during the week when you will have to leave for work and leave him alone. He will already suffer from being separated from his mother and siblings, with whom he got used to, so it is best if you are around, to calm him down and offer some support for getting accommodated. Bringing a new puppy home is a great moment, but you should take the role of an understanding parent, which will comfort his child. Also, try not to have anyone over during the weekend when your puppy is settling in. And if you have kids, ask them to be gentle and not stress the puppy for a while. The little one should be received in a calm, warm and loving environment, because he will forget about the separation faster.
I already covered some major aspects, teaching you what to do when bringing home a new puppy. So make sure you respect them as much as possible, for make environment switching for your puppy smoother. You may want to schedule an appointment at the vet, right in the morning you will pick him up, just to allow the vet to have a quick look at him, make a schedule for the necessary vaccines, do a deworming and external parasite treatment, and give you pieces of advice on how to feed the puppy. After the vet check, you can head home. Once you are there, put the puppy down and let him explore. He will be curious and start sniffing everything. It is the way he gets acquainted with his new home. Play with him and respect the meal schedule recommended by the vet. Don’t forget to take him to see where you have placed the training pad, for potty, and to take him there each time after he wakes up and half an hour after eating.
You should be prepared to hear the puppy whine during nighttime. This is why it is best to have him over the weekend because you might lose some sleep. It is not something that will happen to all, puppies, since not all the dogs I had whined overnight. Also, it is not something that will last. They usually cry in the first night, although it is not a general rule, and eventually in the second night. But the incidence for this is rather rare. If your puppy spends enough time with you since the morning, there are high chances for him to sleep or whine very little. It may be helpful to have his bed near yours, because all the puppy needs is to feel your hand when whining, and he will calm down.