Before the puppy comes home, do a safety check and prepare the house to make it safe for the new addition to the family:
Avoid having small objects within reach of the puppy that it can swallow.
Try to keep all cleaning products stored in a safe place.
Check your garden a little, as some houseplants can be toxic to puppies.
Avoid having wires within reach of the puppy.
The family and the new member
With a new addition to the family, it is necessary to impart roles in caring for the puppy. The way the parents take care of the puppy will be the best example for the children to learn, remember that having a pet is a long-term commitment of care and affection.
The first thing the adults in the house should do is to let their children know all the puppy’s needs. Once the little ones are taught that the puppy needs feeding, exercise, care and lots of love, children will learn to be responsible pet owners simply by observing their parents’ behavior.
The first 48 hours
With the new member in the family, some time of adaptation will be necessary. Here are some practical tips to make this a learning stage full of special moments.
Plan ahead. Prepare in advance the food, toys and other necessary items for their arrival.
Dedicate time. The best time to bring your new dog is at the beginning of the weekend. This will give you time to familiarize your dog with his new home. Children may be especially excited, so show them how to play quietly.
Feed your puppy. Place the food and his food and water dish in the fixed place in order to establish a routine. If the puppy won’t eat, you can try moistening the food with a little warm water.
Visit the veterinarian to start a medical history for future reference.
Start socializing your puppy as soon as your veterinarian approves. Take him for walks and start introducing him to new people and other dogs. This will help him learn to be a “good citizen”, build his confidence and teach him about social behavior.