Bringing Your New Puppy Home
The First Day
When people bring their puppy home for the first time, it is usually their first instinct to want to cuddle and hold them. While being affectionate to your puppy is important, on the first day it is also important to let your puppy socialize and become familiar with his new environment. This will be it's new home and it should have a chance to get used to its surroundings.
Donīt leave him alone!
Just make sure not to leave him alone! All you need to do is follow him wherever he wants to go and keep a keen eye on him. If there are any rooms in your home that you do not want your new puppy to get into, close those doors! You don't want your puppy's first day to include a lot of "no's" and whisking him away into another area. He may get confused!
You should have some toys for your puppy to play with. If he does decide he wants to play it is nice to have something he can chew on that is not your shoes or furniture. You should also have a safe and private place for your puppy to sleep. A dog bed or something similar works great. This will be his place of safety and security while he adjusts to his new home.
You also might want to invest in some puppy pads just in case your new puppy has an accident. Make sure your take your puppy out often so he learns he needs to go outside. Praise him when he goes so he learns the proper place to use the bathroom. Don't chastise your puppy if he does have an accident, especially on the first day. He needs to learn that his new home is a place where he can feel safe and relaxed - not scared!
Positive reinforcement for your dog
Lots of positive reinforcement will help your new puppy to learn to use the bathroom outside in no time. Remember, puppies' bladders are small - although there may be lots of trips outside or many accidents, as your new puppy grows these will diminish. Just be patient!
After it has been home for a little while give it some food and water and be sure and take your puppy outside after it eats.
Try not to have many loud noises as this may frighten your puppy. It is important on this first day to be kind and gentle to your pup as this is a sudden change for him. Your pup should feel safe and secure his first day in his new home. Many people want to show off their new puppy to friends and family when they get it. This should wait until later when the pup feels more comfortable in it's new home. This is a stressful time for it and he may need some time to adjust.
You should also wait for any kind of training until your pup has had time in his new home. Just remember to give your dog plenty of love and attention.