How to Deal with a New Puppy in Your Home
Although we think every day should be puppy day, National Puppy Day falls on March 23 this year. If you’re planning on welcoming a new puppy home soon, these are some of the best ways to help them settle in.
#1: Prepare for your new puppy’s arrival in advance
The first day you bring your new puppy home, you don’t want to be scrambling for food, a leash, or a crate. Instead, make a list of puppy essentials and stock up in advance. Include the following items:
- Pet food
- Long-lasting chews
- ID tags
- Waste bags
- Pet-safe cleaning supplies
- Grooming tools
#2: Establish a schedule for your new puppy
Remaining consistent with your new puppy will help them settle in quickly because they will know what to expect. Keep mealtimes, walk times, and bedtime close to the same schedule each day. The same is true for bathroom breaks. Typically, a puppy will need to go outside when they first wake up, when they get bored with playing, and about half an hour after eating. House-training will go more smoothly if you remain consistent with a bathroom routine. Say the same phrase, go out the same door, and head to the same spot in the yard to help your puppy learn where to go.
#3: Avoid overwhelming your new puppy
Although you’ll want to show off your new puppy, avoid overwhelming them with a houseful of family and friends. Let them meet one or two new people at a time, and allow them to make the first move.
#4: Enroll your new puppy in a socialization class
Proper socialization is essential for raising a confident, friendly puppy. Enroll your puppy in a socialization class to give them the perfect environment for learning how to interact with other puppies, people, and situations.