Bringing home a puppy for the first time and what to do with a new puppy when you bring it home.

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Are you totally excited that you’re bringing a puppy home for the first time?

I get the feeling you are! and I’m excited for you.

I miss those puppy days (well ok, maybe not the middle of the night potty time, lol). They sure do go by so fast.

Bringing a new puppy home for the first time can be a little stressful. You’ll want to have everything ready for your new bundle of joy and a routine in mind.

Remember the puppy is leaving their Mother for the first time ( who would keep them on the beaten path). They’ll need to adjust – so, do all you can to make their transition a good one.

In this post, I will go over everything that has worked for me over the years and if you follow these tips, starting from the first night -you’ll have yourself a stress-free puppy who will show you love for years to come.

Let’s dive in:

Bring Home a puppy for the first time

Preparing For New Puppy Arrival

Learn from some of my earlier mistakes.

Starting with your home.

For example:

One day I went to charge my laptop then realized I couldn’t because the wire was all chewed up (Yes, that happened to me).

I have to admit I was a little mad but, then realized that was my own fault for not thinking about these things before bringing a puppy home.

Ok, I didn’t think much about preparing my home when I got my first puppy, but I learned a lesson that puppy preparation is important… I know that next time I was bringing a puppy home, it wasn’t going to happen again.

“Being prepared is key to a successful arrival”

Here are some things that you will need to do around the house in the days just before the puppy’s arrival.

  • Remove all wires ( you don’t want to deal with getting a new wire like I had to)
  • Use cleaners in the house that are pet safe ( puppies love licking things)
  • Remove all plants out of their reach ( certain plants are poisonous to our pups)
  • If you have children put away any small toys that a puppy could choke on.
  • Remove all breakables or move to a higher location
  • Get Gates and a pet playpen for the home from amazon (Puppies shouldn’t have free run of your home)

Also need tips on bathing your new puppy?

Read More Here: 11 Tips on How To Bathe Your Dog at Home [Easily]

When Bringing Home Your Puppy For The First Time.

Your new puppy is most likely going to be a little scared. I know I would if I was going home with people I just met.

But don’t worry, you got this!

They’re just like babies, so hold them on the car ride home to make them feel safe.

Make sure to have some puppy toys and a blanket with you. The best thing really is to have the breeder give you a toy and blanket with the scent of the puppy’s Mother and littermates on it.

Most good breeders will already know to do this. It can definitely help calm your pup having that familiar scent with them – Use in the car ride home and then at home in your puppy’s crate at night for sleeping.

Pro Tip: If your breeder doesn’t give you any toys for the car ride home bring some with you just in case. I recommend my favorite items for puppies in my new puppy shopping list article plus you can also download a free printable of the list if you want. So, be sure to check it out.

What To Do With A New Puppy When You Bring It Home

As soon as you arrive home, you need to do something important.

Start a routine with your puppy and stick to it.

I know, I know it will be hard to stay on a schedule. You’ll probably want to play with the puppy all day. I get it but, in the long run, this will be best for the whole family. It doesn’t mean you can’t spoil them with love.

It just means that without a schedule, chaos can happen. That isn’t good for any family right?

Sticking to a schedule is how you’re going to raise a well behaved lovable dog from the start. Check out the schedule I go by I wrote all about it in my post – A Daily Puppy Routine (Why You Need One To Stay Sane.)

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You see:

Dogs love routines. By repeating the same things every day (even at the same time) they’ll know what to expect. It will lead you to have a calm well-behaved puppy.

It will take time – so make sure you stick with it.

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Focus On These Areas To Start With The New Puppy

  1. Potty time – take your puppy out at the same time every day and night. I took my new puppies out every hour in the beginning after getting up, eating and playtime for sure. Here is a good article that talks about a good timeline for potty time. Also, you want to bring them to the same area outside. They soon realize this is their potty spot. You will adjust this schedule as your puppy grows.
  2. Feeding time – Puppies will eat 3 times a day and then move to 2 times as they get older. When you feed them at the same time every day they will develop a so-called built-in clock. They soon will be reminding you with a look like “Hey Lady where is my food”.
  3. Playtime –  Getting them on an everyday routine is not only great for exercise but it’s also great for bonding. They learn to trust you and keeping to a schedule lets them know that you’re there for them. Keep it to the same time every day, even if you only have 10 minutes 3-4 times a day.
  4. Sleeping time – A routine for sleeping is essential for keeping your puppy happy and healthy plus the rest of your household will be happy too. They start to know when you go to bed at night they have to also.

Puppy Adjustment Period

Now you can focus on the fun, joy and all those puppy kisses since you”ll be following a routine that gives them structure and just an extra word of advice, make sure everyone in the household follows these tips we talked about – you don’t want all that hard work to backfire.

Just be consistent and everyone in the household will benefit from that. Remember to give it time for the routine you put into place to work – probably about 2 months.

Final Thoughts: New Puppy Tips

Your days ahead will continue to be exciting and busy as your pup grows and learns new things every day, but you will see how it’s all worth it from that endless love you will get from the puppy- heck, who knows after bringing a puppy home for the first time it might lead you to want to get a second one. (Hint, Hint) 🙂

P.S Let me know how it goes in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Also, share this post with anyone else that might need these tips.

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Bringing home a puppy for the first time and what to do with a new puppy when you bring it home.

Until next time,

Have a pawsome day!


  1. It really helped to read the part of your article that stated that 3-4 play sessions of 10 minutes each are enough for a new puppy. The puppy I always wanted to get for my first pet would be one of those energetic ones since my son would also like a new friend to play with at home. Knowing how often to play with it will definitely help us make it feel welcome, so I’ll keep this in mind when I find a puppy breeder in the area that can help us adopt our first one.

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