If you've decided to take the plunge to get a puppy, there are a few things you should know. Be sure to get information about your puppy from the breeder or shelter, such as health history of the parents if you can. This will help you as you care for your puppy, especially if there has been any history of seizures, heart problems or other health issues. Once you have your information, it's best to take your new puppy (and the information you have) to the veterinarian for an exam. See below for other tips to help when you bring your puppy home.

Items Needed

There are a few items you're going to need for your new puppy. 

  • Collar and tag. Be sure to get your new puppy a collar and a tag with his name and your contact information. If your puppy is ever lost, the tag and collar will tell whoever finds him where he belongs. Without this, your puppy may not get back to you. Another option is to have your puppy micro-chipped. You can talk to your veterinarian about having this done.
  • Crate. A crate is a good idea for a new puppy to help with potty training, and to keep him away from your belongings while you're away. It keeps your things safe, and your puppy safe as well. Some things he can get into could be toxic or harmful to his health.
  • Water and food bowl. You'll need a water and food bowl for your pup. Be sure to clean the new bowls before using them. Clean them with mild dish soap and water, then rinse them thoroughly.
  • Food. Of course, you'll need to also feed your new puppy. Be sure to ask your veterinarian about what type of food your puppy should be eating and how much to give to him. Look for food that isn't full of fillers such as carbohydrates like grains. Higher protein foods are best for any dog.

Other Tips:

  • Be patient with your puppy, he doesn't come potty trained, that's going to be your job. Let your new puppy out often, especially after eating and drinking.
  • Take your puppy out on a leash for the first couple of weeks to help train him where he can and can't go in the yard, especially if you don't have a fenced-in yard.
  • Keep your puppy gated off in areas of your home to prevent him going into other rooms and getting into things he shouldn't, or using your home as his potty place.
  • Call your puppy by name to get him used to his name. Be stern when your puppy does something he shouldn't.
  • Use positive reinforcement when your puppy does something he should like going potty outside or coming to you when called.

Your new puppy needs love, care and attention. Be sure to give him these things, and take him to the veterinarian, such as at Pittsburgh Spay & Vaccination Clinic, for checkups, shots and exams as needed.