The first few days and weeks with your new puppy
Your puppy’s first day with you
Puppies like to know what to expect. Plan what your routine will be for feeding, potty trips, exercise, and grooming, then you can get started on day one. If you know what routine puppy had before adoption, it's best to continue with this for consistency until your puppy is settled.
Your puppy’s first night with you
As with human babies, some puppies settle easily from the first night and others will give you sleepless nights as they adjust. Be patient and consistent and follow these tips.
How to feed your puppy at first
The safe way to change your puppy’s diet
Things to do in week one with your puppy
Take your puppy to the vet
You may need to take your puppy for a check-up after their first few days settling in with you. The vet will set up a vaccination schedule for them, as they’ll need to be vaccinated before they can play with other dogs. And they can also advise you on everything from deworming to nutrition.
Your puppy's first visit to the vet
If you are unsure about their health status, taking your puppy to the vet for a check-up a few days after you bring them home is really important. If you're well prepared, it'll be a positive trip for your puppy. And it's also a good opportunity for you to learn more about how to care for them.First vet visit
Socializing your puppy
Here are a few ways you can begin socializing your puppy in their first week with you.
Learn about socializing your puppy
How to introduce your puppy to adults, children, and pets
Introducing your puppy to new people and other animals is a great way to prepare them for the encounters they'll face as they grow. But it's crucial to do it in the right way.Introduce your puppy
Your puppy's daytime and night time routines
The first few days and weeks are really important in ensuring your puppy integrates well into your family and grows into a healthy, well-behaved dog. If possible, it's best to take the first week off from work. Then you can focus on establishing routines that will help them feel secure and understand what's expected of them.
Your puppy’s first walk
Once your puppy’s completed their vaccination schedule, and your vet’s confirmed they can play with other dogs, they’ll need to be walked twice a day. Their first walk is an important event for them, and one you’ll want them to enjoy so they feel confident about future walks.
Follow the steps below to help get your puppy’s walks off to a great start.