Bringing home your puppy
What’s the right age to bring your puppy home?
When is the best time to bring a puppy home?
Are you ready to pick up your puppy?
Make sure that you’re well prepared, and you'll help your puppy settle happily and safely into their new home and family. Not quite ready? Find out more about how to prepare for your puppy's arrival.Getting prepared
Questions to ask your puppy’s breeder
Your puppy’s breeder will have a lot of information that you can use to help your puppy settle more quickly in your home and stay healthy. Remember to ask your breeder the following questions and any others relevant to your individual puppy.
- What food are they being fed and what’s their feeding schedule?
- Have they begun house broken, and to what level?
- What are their current daytime and night time routines?
- Have they been checked by a veterinarian?
- Have they had any health issues?
- Have they had any vaccinations and, if so, when is the next injection due?
- When have they been given de-worming treatments?
- Do they have a microchip? How to switch ownership?
- What social experiences have they had so far?
- What are their parents’ temperaments and personalities like and are health certificates available for them? Can you meet them?
What to take when picking up your puppy
There are a few important things to take with you when you pick up your puppy to help them stay safe and feel more comfortable on the trip home. These include:
Bringing a puppy home – how to handle the trip
The trip home may be your puppy’s first time in a car. It’s important they feel comfortable so they’re not anxious about future car rides. If possible, it’s best to take someone to comfort them while you’re driving.