bringing home a new puppy

Adding a little fur to your family

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Your puppy’s first time in their new home is going to be exciting for everyone. Here are a few tips to help your pup’s transition go as smoothly as possible.
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Introducing your puppy to their new home

Here are some helpful tips to help make sure your puppy’s first day in their new home is a success.

  • Do not invite friends and neighbors over to meet the puppy on the first day.
  • Introduce your puppy to their new family members one person at a time, giving your pup a chance to meet each person quietly and comfortably.
  • Limit your puppy’s introduction to a designated area to avoid confusion before introducing them to the rest of the house, one room at a time.
  • The puppy needs to learn the house rules from the very first day they arrive at the home. Praise good behavior and stick to your predetermined rules for the house.
  • Take your puppy to the area where you want them to poop and pee. When they are in the area, use a command that you’ll stick to, like “go potty” and reward them with a special treat and praise when they do the deed.
  • When introducing your puppy to any other family pets, try placing your new pup in a certain room, then remove them. After they are removed you can let your other dogs in the room to sniff around and become familiar with the new scent.
  • Be mindful of your other pet’s behavior around the puppy. If your other pets become agitated, separate or redirect the puppy. 
  • Your puppy should not interact with dogs outside your home until your vet says they are ready. This often requires your puppy to receive their full series of vaccines. 
  • It’s very important to make a trip to your vet for a checkup within the first few days after the puppy has settled into their new home.
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Start a routine and stick to it

Start with your first official night with your new puppy. It’s important to remember that every puppy is different; some puppies will sleep through the night right away, some may cry for a few nights, and some may have an accident because they’re not able to hold their pee for more than a few hours at a time.

  • Your pup will feel more secure if you put their crate in the bedroom with you. See more about crate training
  • Set a time that your puppy will be going to bed every night and stick to it. Take them to their crate and help them settle down for the night — giving them a small treat when they go in willingly.
  • If you anticipate your puppy will have some extra energy in the evening, it’s a good idea to play with them to get them some exercise and to give them a chance to take a potty break before bed.
  • If your puppy is not yet able to make it through the night, take them outside for a quick potty break if they are whining or scratching. Afterwards immediately put them back in their crate.
  • Even though it may be tempting, do not put your puppy in your bed once they start crying at night (unless that is where you want them to sleep). You can put the crate right next to your bed and put your hand inside to reassure them that you’re there.
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Bonding with your puppy

It may take some time, but patiently establishing a bond with your puppy will set the precedent for their new life with your family. Your puppy will quickly find their place amongst the “pack” if you give lots of love and affection, stick to the routines you’ve set in place, and reward your little one for good behavior. See more about training your puppy

How Banfield can help

We wish your pup a happy and healthy life. If you run into any special circumstances, suspect a health issue, or need any more information on bringing a new puppy home, reach out to your local Banfield veterinary team.

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