Bringing a puppy home is such an exciting time! The more prepared you are, the smoother the transition will go. And the smoother the transition goes, the easier it will be for your puppy to adapt to his or her new home, and the more fun you’ll all have. Getting into good habits right away will set you up for long term ease and joy with your fluffy new addition.


Coming Home

The car ride: A car ride has the potential to be a scary experience for your new pup, but it doesn’t have to be. The sounds, vibrations, and stimulation are often the parts of the ride that can make a puppy uncomfortable, so the more soothing you can be the better. First, make sure your puppy goes potty before getting in the car. Then, have a blanket or a soft article of your clothing to put on your lap. For this first ride home it’s ok to hold your new addition on your lap. Gently pet your pup and speak softly and reassuringly to her so she feels calm and safe. One toy is fine to bring along to give her something to chew on. When you get home, have her go potty outside before going in.


At Home

Introduce you new puppy to your home slowly. It may be helpful to keep your puppy on a leash at first, so that they don’t get overwhelmed. It’s good in the first few days to keep close to your puppy most of the time, except when they are eating or going potty. If you’re going to have you puppy go in a crate at night, start the first night. Have some treats inside and even something that smells like his mother or siblings if possible. He might cry, but if you can get through the first few nights without giving in, he should adjust quickly and even learn to like the comforts of his own safe crate space. It can be helpful to play some music to help calm the puppy and can help them feel less alone.



Get in the habit right away of feeding your dog twice a day, at regular times. It’s generally best to start with the food the breeder was using. You can mix in new food slowly if you want to change brands. It’s also important to resist feeding your puppy from the table. If they get in the habit of begging and being rewarded early, it will be much harder to break it later on!



Within the first 48 hours, you’ll want to get to a vet. While it’s likely the breeders or shelter have set you up for success, it’s very important to make sure your puppy has all necessary vaccinations and is in good health, along with being de-flead and de-wormed. It’s also a good idea to get pet insurance set up soon. Hopefully everything will be fine, but getting it right away will save you a headache in the future.


Other Important Things to Remember

The more consistent you can be with your new addition, the better. Regular bathroom breaks, meals, and play time will help your puppy adjust, feel safe, and learn discipline.

It is important to establish right away that you are in charge. No matter how cute your puppy is, you need to make sure that he or she knows that you running the show, not them.

Once he’s had his shots, get him outside socializing with other pups!

Praise your new puppy as much as possible for bonding and to establish lots of love.


At AMC, we want you and your new puppy to have an easy transition and to be set up well for a great life together. For question, concerns, or appointments, give us a call today!