Cheers! You’ve just entered the Crazy Zone. In a good way, of course. For the next 10 or more years, you are going to have more fun and love and licks than you know what to do with.
Taking Your New Fur Baby Home
The first day with your new puppy will involve traveling, whether it’s a short distance or a long ride in a car. This is the perfect opportunity to start teaching your puppy to love his crate. Be sure it’s well stocked with treats and, if probable, a towel or T-shirt that has the scent of his mother and litter mates. That will go a long way towards making him comfortable in his new surroundings.
When you get home make sure he goes to the bathroom before you bring him indoors. Praise him and give him a treat when he does. Sit on the floor with him or on the sofa, if you plan to allow him on the furniture. Love on him and talk to him, so he gets to know the sound of your voice and touch of your hand. This is a great time to start teaching him that it’s OK for you to touch his paws, look inside or sniff his ears, rub his belly, touch his tail and groom him with a soft brush.
Remember that puppies don’t have good bladder control yet, and excitement can make them need to pee or poop. Take your puppy out to potty after 15 to 20 minutes of play, as well as after every meal. A potty run should be the first thing you do with him in the morning and the last thing you do with him at night.
Let your puppy spend a short amount of time in his crate. This is a big day for him, and he needs some time to himself, so he can process his new situation. It’s okay to have the crate in the living room or some other area in the home where people are coming and going, but don’t bug him while he’s in there. Unless he needs to go potty, walk away calmly if he starts to whine or bark. Don’t let him out until he’s being quiet.
You’ll want to get your pup to the veterinarian within 48 hours of bringing him home. That’s important to make sure he’s in good health. The first visit can be strictly for a physical exam and weigh-in. It’s a good opportunity for your puppy to meet some nice new people, get handled by them and get some tasty treats. Depending on when his last set of vaccinations took place, you can then schedule the next round of vaccinations.