10 Things To Do Before Your New Puppy Arrives

Puppy Beagle in front of white backgroundI was reminded of how exciting, and daunting, it is to bring home your [tag-tec]new puppy[/tag-tec] by two things last week. First, Zoe had a litter of 8 puppies on Tuesday which made me remember how excited I was when I knew that I was going to get a puppy, and secondly I moved house on Wednesday – the first house Zoe lived in. As I walked around the house for the last time it brought back all the memories of our first few months together.

I don’t think anything prepares you for the upheaval to your lifestyle that a new puppy brings, but the better prepared you are before your puppy arrives, the easier those first few weeks will be and you’ll be off to a good start with your new companion.

Before your puppy arrives:

  1. Plan to have three or four days, a week if possible, free from work and social commitments so you can get your puppy used to his new surroundings, start and maintain a consistent approach to [tag-tec]house training[/tag-tec] and get your puppy used to a routine;
  2. Decide on a name for your puppy so you can start using it immediately;
  3. Know in advance where you want him to sleep, eat, how you are going to house train him and what words you are going to use for certain commands. It’s important that everyone in the house knows and agrees on what you’ve decided.
    Whilst this all takes a bit of effort it is less confusing for your new puppy, and he will quickly learn what is expected of him if he receives a consistent message from everyone in the house.
  4. Spend time researching the breed you are buying, or [tag-tec]dog breeds[/tag-tec] if you are buying a specific cross breed, because they may have specific traits that you need to be aware of. A good book on puppy care is also a wise purchase;
  5. Choose a vet, if you don’t already have one, and make an appointment to go and see him with your new puppy within a couple of days of bringing him home;
  6. Find out what dog food your puppy has been eating and make sure you have sufficient supplies in the house before your puppy arrives home. Moving to a new house will be stressful for your puppy, so ensuring he has the same food to eat will help to ease the transition.
  7. Puppy proof your home – puppies are naturally inquisitive and are quickly into anything they find interesting, and they do it mouth first! Reduce the risk to your puppy’s health, and your possessions by removing all hazards and temptations from his reach.
    Get down on the floor if necessary and try and look at your house – inside and outside in the yard/garden – from your puppy’s point of view.
  8. Stock up on necessary supplies which include: food and water dishes, a crate and/or bed, toys (including chew toys), collar, leash, nametag and a basic grooming and dental care kit.
    You might want to buy a baby gate or child’s playpen so you can contain your puppy in one room for the times you can’t supervise his activity;
  9. Find out where your local [tag-tec]puppy classes[/tag-tec] are held, and reserve a place. These classes are excellent for socializing your puppy and tend to get booked up very quickly; and
  10. Last, but not least, remember that you’ll need a great deal of patience, kindness and a sense of humor.

Puppyhood doesn’t last forever but it forms the foundation for how your puppy will behave when he’s grown up. Adequate planning and putting the time and effort in in the first 6 months will set you up for a long and fantastic relationship with your dog.

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  1. thx very helpful!! im getting a gordon setter puppy in one months and want to know as much as possible.

  2. thanks. this was very helpful. i am 15 and i am gettting a dog soon.
    i have to show my parents that i can take care of one by volunteering at a shelter nearby soon. im so excited though. i have wanted a dog for so long. and i cant wait. WISH ME LUCK 🙂

  3. we are getting a dog this saterday! shes adorable and i cant wait to bring her home!:) she is only going to be 8 weeks on friday and she isn’t potty trained!!!!!!!!! HELP:S

  4. I think it’s important to decide whether to house your new puppy in a kennel when born. I’ve just written a blog on the subject: wooden dog kennels . Let me know what you think.

  5. thanks im getting a maltese puppy soon and i want to show my parents im taking this seriously i wanted a doys sense forever. know im getting one . By the way her name will be coco im so excited wish luck

  6. Good advice! Starting to convince my parents to getting me a puppy!

  7. catalina says:

    thanks , this was really helpful 🙂 I’ve always wanted a puppy and now i finally convinced my parents that I’m responsible enough to have one, I’m probably getting a beagle or maltese wish me luck (:

  8. catalina says:

    thanks , this was really helpful I’ve always wanted a puppy and now i finally convinced my parents that I’m responsible enough to have one, I’m probably getting a beagle or maltese wish me luck (:

  9. Thank you soo super much! We already have a dog she is 13, but were getting a new puppy “bernese mt. dog”. Im so happy, we were lost since we havent had or saw a puppy in foreverrr!

  10. nice ….im getting a puupy in a week…and i ve already decided its name to be barney…but it is only 1 week old..is it right time to bring a puppy at that age?

  11. 2 things about above comments:
    1. A 1 week old puppy is wayy to younge to be without it’s mother I think, I believe it would not even be able to eat regular food so you may have to bottle feed or something I’m not sure, but if your bring a 1 week old puppy from a breeder Dont! Because there’s something extremely shady and wrong about that, noone would do that!! Please research this, ask a vet etc.. This could be potentially very dangerous for the puppy if it doesn’t get the special care it would need after 1 week. It’s like 8 weeks when a puppy usually goes so look into it and do NOT get one at 1 week from a breeder or something!!!
    Best of luck to you!

    2- Cat, I had a beagle a few years back, a puppy and was soo not prepaired how energetic, loud, whiney and hyper that breed is, they are hunters so even as puppys they are looking for the hunt they just don’t kno it yet so are allll over the place. The one we had was literally awake minimum every 2 hours for over 2 weeks when the exaustion hit us all, it was brutal but can be done if you have a big yard etc. If you have space tho it’d be fine, we were in a big apartment but that wasn’t even close to enough so just be aware of their energy =).
    best of luck to you aswell.
    I’m currently thinking of getting an Akita as my friend had one that I just Lovee.

  12. I recently log the 1st dog i’ve had for 11 yrs. With so many health complications in the last 3 years and how much i loved her, I never thought i would get another dog. I grieved and mourned more than i ever expected. She passed away almost 3 weeks ago and what do u know, i was so lonely i couldn’t live without a dog in my life, I bring my new puppy home in 2 nights from now. I bought all new toys and puppy items for him and I’m preparing my house to welcome him into his new home after being in a store for 5 months. i miss my baby girl and i always will but I’m a dog lover and this dog also deserves a good mom. Im so excited,

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