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It’s a joyous occasion when you bring a new puppy into your home; there is a lot of excitement, and it’s very easy to get lost in that. You will need to give your puppy a lot of love and care as they adjust to their new surroundings.

But there are a few things you can plan and decisions to make before the arrival of your new puppy.

Be sure to have a few essentials at home and pick up puppy-specific necessities before heading out to pick up your new best friend. You’ll be prepared for the first few days with your new puppy if you get these supplies in advance.

Have a crate or bed ready

Invest in an appropriate crate for your new pet. It is essential that a kennel for little puppies be of sufficient size. If the kennel your puppy sleeps in is too big, he will mistakenly believe that he has lots of room to make a mess.

On the other hand, a crate that is too small will make the puppy uneasy when he is confined to it for naps or when he is being kenneled.

Get him puppy toys

Puppies love playing. Playing is a great way for puppies to learn. Providing him with engaging, safe toys that he can use and play with is a great way to keep his mind alert and build a strong link with you.

Before bringing your new puppy into your home, pick out a few toys you believe he’ll enjoy. This way, he’ll have plenty of toys to choose from when he moves into his new home.

Make sure you have the necessary food supplies

Your puppy will need to eat and drink to grow strong and healthy. Therefore, it’s critical to provide your puppy with a balanced diet, and your veterinarian can advise you on the best food for puppies.

When acclimating your canine companion to his new surroundings, there is nothing more important than providing him with hearty meals and plenty of opportunities to run and play. Have a bagful of puppy food on hand before bringing your new pet home to save yourself from the stress of running to the store for the first couple of days.

Also, you need to have food and water bowls for the puppy to eat from.

Leashes and collars

Leashes and collars are essential for walking your puppy safely; you may also want to use a harness to help train your new pet. Even though your puppy is likely to have a collar on when you are adopting him, it is best to buy an expandable collar to save you the trouble of buying a new one each time he outgrows the current one.

You also need a name tag for your puppy. A name tag is crucial to have in the event that your puppy gets loose and wanders off. Make sure the name tag has your phone number engraved on it so the puppy can be easily identified and brought back to you. Other supplies you may buy your puppy are puppy pads, treats and sprays.

Make your home puppy-proof

Puppies are just like babies, and they do not know what is dangerous or not and what is wrong or not. Therefore, you need to make your home puppy-proof before having him. Set boundaries for your puppy by using baby gates in various rooms of the house where you don’t want your puppy to go.

Make a list of all the things in your home that can harm your puppy, such as cleaning supplies, hazardous plants, cables or anything else you don’t want them to get at.

Have a veterinarian and trainer at hand

You will want your puppy to be well-behaved and mannered as he grows into a big dog. Untrained dogs can be difficult to control and dangerous to their owners and neighbours. If you want your puppy to become a well-behaved dog, you should start teaching him from an early age.

Regular health examinations are also essential for your puppy to mature into a strong and healthy dog. You also need to be up-to-date on the puppy’s vaccinations from early on. Keeping up with the vaccination program and health examinations will be less stressful if you find a good veterinarian for your new puppy.

The Big Day

Now that you are prepared, you can pick up your puppy. Bringing an adorable puppy home will be a joyful occasion for you and your family. However, remember to make the puppy feel at ease and at home from the first day. The first night tends to be the toughest due to the change in environment.

Let the puppy learn your scents

Let it sniff you as much as possible to create a bond with the puppy right away. When you get home, let it familiarise itself with the other family members. A gradual introduction of family members will help keep your puppy from feeling overwhelmed.

Also, let your new pooch explore the house in designated areas until they are comfortable. If you have other pets, introduce them gradually to avoid any aggression or hostility. Keep other dogs away from the puppy until it is full vaccinated.

House training

Now that the puppy has relaxed and is starting to adapt to the new environment, you can start house training him. One of the first things you should train your new puppy on is where they should potty. Be patient with the puppy when training him and use positive reinforcement such as treats and pats on the back to help cement the idea.

Let your puppy learn how to be groomed

Have your puppy groomed as soon as possible after arriving at your home. The sooner you start getting your new puppy used to having its nails clipped and being washed, the less time and frustration you will have to deal with in the future.

A clean puppy is a happy puppy, so make sure you give yours a bath regularly.

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