Introducing a New Puppy
Bringing Puppy Home
Bringing home your new puppy is exciting. You’ll want to make sure all his needs are met and that he feels comfortable in his new space.
Introducing Your Puppy to His New Surroundings
Once your puppy arrives home, show him to his potty area and allow him time to stretch his legs. Next, put him inside his crate for some quiet time. There, he'll have the chance to look around and get to know his surroundings without feeling overwhelmed with new people, other pets and distractions.
It's best to keep his crate next to your bed for the first week or two. You might want to place a chew toy and/or a familiar-smelling towel or blanket from his first home into his crate too. If possible, hang your arm over the bed so he can lick your fingers or smell your scent until he falls asleep.
In cases where your puppy has to sleep in a room away from you, a night light and a ticking clock or soft music might help him sleep better. Most puppies will need to be taken outside during the night, and again early in the morning.
Introducing Your Puppy to Other Pets
It’s a good idea to introduce your puppy to other pets at a young age. Protect his new furry friends by keeping your puppy on his leash during introductions. If he misbehaves, make eye contact and tell him "no."
When introducing your puppy to a dog, try having them meet outside, with both of them on a leash. This will allow them to sniff one another out without immediately bringing up territorial or protective disputes.
When introducing your puppy to a cat, try putting one pet in a confined room so that they can smell one another under the door before meeting. Letting them acclimate to one another’s smell first and foremost can help make the process slower and more calm for both parties.
- Confine your puppy to a safe area inside. Keep doors and windows closed and screened securely.
- Your puppy should not be left unsupervised inside or outside. Puppies will investigate, wander about and possibly get into mischief (soiling, chewing, getting locked in closets or rooms, etc.).
- Keep your puppy off balconies, upper porches and high decks.
- Securely store cleaning supplies, detergent, bleach, paint and paint thinner, fertilizer, disinfectants, mothballs, insect and rodent poisons, and antifreeze. Make sure you keep these items where your puppy cannot access them, preferably on high storage shelves in closed cabinets.
- Remove poisonous houseplants or place them in hanging baskets out of your puppy’s reach. Make sure plant leaves do not fall within puppy’s reach.
Getting a new puppy is a rewarding and wonderful experience. Hopefully this guide gave you some helpful ideas about how to acclimate your puppy to his new home.