How to Take Care of a Puppy: Bringing a Puppy Home

Hi. I’m Kathy Santo with Iams.
Today we’re going to talk about what to do when you bring
home your new puppy. We’ll cover everything from
supplies and preparation steps to the car ride home,
the first few days– how to introduce him or her
to your family, and more. Before you bring your puppy
home, prepare yourself with the following supplies. Premium puppy food to get your
new puppy off to a good start, stainless steel non-tip
food and water bowls, identification tags with your
puppy’s name and your contact information. A collar, and a leather or nylon
six foot leash that’s 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide, stain
remover for accidents. Brushes and combs suited to
your puppy’s coat, dog shampoo, toothbrush and
toothpaste, high-quality safe chew toys to ease teething. Flea, tick, and parasite
controls. Nail clippers. A room, or at least a place he
can call his own, like a cage or a crate that will
fit his adult size. And of course, treats. Once you have the supplies,
it’s time to puppy-proof your home. Raising a puppy is a lot like
raising small children. They get into everything. Some of what they get into can
be hazardous to their health. So start preparing for your
puppy’s arrival long before the actual date. You’ll thank yourself later. A helpful tip: Get down on your
hands and knees to view the world like your
puppy will. It may help you to find things
that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise– electrical wires, small objects
hidden under couches and chairs that could be
swallowed, or hiding spaces where a small pup
could get stuck. There are sprays that can be
applied to furniture legs, woodwork, and other immovable
items to help deter your puppy from chewing on things you don’t
want him to chew on. Are they rooms your puppy should
be restricted from entering until he’s better
trained and more reliable? If so, install a baby gate, or
keep the doors to those rooms closed until your
puppy matures. Exercise pens are excellent for
when you’re home, but busy or unable to fully dedicate
yourself to supervising your young pup. If you’re about to make dinner,
for example, rather than crating your dog or locking
him in a puppy proof room alone, set up an exercise
pen in the kitchen with you. This will allow him to get
used to being around your family’s routines while also
staying out of the way. It will also allow him to feel
like he’s part of the family. Once your house is ready, it’s
time to bring your new family member home. You’re wanting to do your best
at keeping this from being overly stressful experience
for your puppy. So it may not be the best idea
to bring the whole family, especially if you have
excited, young kids. Also, keep in mind that the
vibration, sounds, and the movements of your car can be
very scary for young pup and make them nervous. On the first trip home it’s OK
to have a passenger hold your puppy in a soft blanket
or towel on their lap. After the first trip home, you
should begin using a crate to travel for both the dog and the
other passenger’s safety in the car. Try purchasing a dog seat belt
that’s specifically designed to restrain and protect
your companion in case of an accident. The ideal time to bring home
a new puppy is when the house is quiet. Do your best to minimize the
number of visitors stopping by the first few days so you can
establish a daily routine by following these steps. Step one. Before bringing him in the
house, take him to the area in your yard that will serve as
his potty and spend a few minutes there. If he goes, praise him. If not, proceed into the house,
but be sure to take him to this spot each time he needs
to go to the bathroom. Step two. Take him to the room which will
service as his new den, and if using one, set
up his crate. Put bedding and chew toys
in the room and let him investigate. If he chews or urinate
on his bedding, permanently remove it. Understand that a young puppy
is not like an adult dog. Treat him with patience and
constant supervision. The way you interact with your
puppy at this age is critical to his socialization. Use these tips: One. You should spend a little extra
time with your new puppy on his first day home, but you
want to acclimate him to your regular routine quickly. If necessary, hire a dog walker
or ask a neighbor to come take him out at regular
intervals during this training period, and going forward
as your pup grows up. Two. Supervise your puppy
at all times and interact with him regularly. Three. Be alert for signs– sniffing and circling– that he has to go
to the bathroom. Then take him out immediately. Four. Establish your routine. A young puppy has no bladder
control and will need to urinate immediately after
eating, drinking, sleeping, or playing. At night he’ll need to
relieve himself at least every three hours. Five. Don’t punish an accident. Never push his nose in the
waste or scold him. He won’t understand and might
learn to go to the bathroom when you’re out of sight. Six. Praise your puppy every
time he goes to the bathroom outside. Seven. Feed your puppy a formula
designed for puppies. Like a baby, he needs
nutritious, highly digestible food. Eight. Have the contact info of your
local veterinary office readily available in case
of an emergency. For those with children, another
extremely important part of bringing home your new
puppy is making sure your kids know how and how not to
handle a young dog. If your children are young or
aren’t familiar with how to handle puppies, you need to
spend some time with them during these first few days
explaining commonsense rules on how to play with the puppy. For example, tell them that dogs
have sensitive hearing, so it’s important not
to shriek or yell. Puppies in particular need a
lot of rest, just like a growing child. Limit puppy-children play
sessions to 15 to 30 minute periods two to three
times a day. You need to keep an
eye on a puppy. An excited puppy can be strong
when he jumps, and play bites, which can be too rough
for young children. Always supervise interaction
and separate them if play is too rough. If you have other pets, you’ll
also need to spend some time getting them used to having
each other around. At first it’s best to keep
resident pets separated from your new puppy, but only
for a few days. After that time, let pets smell
and touch each other through a slightly open door. Do this several times over
the next few days. After that, give the resident
pet access to the den area with your new puppy. Supervise their meeting and go
back to through-the-door meetings if trouble arises. Exercise pens can also help old
and new pets get used to each other’s presence in a
restricted and safe manner. Lastly, what you’ll need to do
is get the puppy in to a veterinarian for an initial
puppy examination to make sure he’s in perfect health. I’m Kathy Santo for
Iams with Howdini. I hope that you found this
helpful as you welcome your new addition into your family. For more information on puppy
care and training, visit

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100 thoughts on “How to Take Care of a Puppy: Bringing a Puppy Home

  1. Me: has a .0000000000000001% chance to get a dog this weekend
    Me:watches 1 billion of these vids

  2. I am getting a new labrador puppy in 2 days his name will be Stanley after the creator of marvel. I am so excited except the fact that I’m scared of dogs lol!

  3. Omg I loveeeee you for this !!😭😭😭😭 I’m getting a puppy Friday and I CANNOT WAIT too follow your steps ! Thanks !

  4. take care of the pet

  5. My puppy is mixed with Pitbull and I'm afraid he's gonna grow up to be violent is there any way I can present that?

  6. I've been begging for a puppy for years and years now. For the last few years I've been asking for a puppy, promising my parents that I will take care of it and even crying for one. I am finally getting one in a few minutes, I'm so excited!!!

  7. I just got a Black Lab x collie yesterday and I names him Asher he's so cute ( I have wanted a puppy since I was 7 I'm now 13)

  8. I know nobody will read this but:


    but the one thing I'm worried about is the fact that I am getting it in ghana. Now not to say Ghana is a bad country but i might only be able to go for one month or if I am lucky, the whole summer. Still, I don't know if I will stay for summer and even so, in September, will my parents get a pet passport? Tbh, my parents are the type that wont do something ( say buy a Wii switch) but after buying it, love it more than us children! even so, I wanted a dog since day one, we made compromises but to me, it just wasn't enough
    I just needed to get this off my chest and i doubt anybody will see this but I REALLY want this adorable lil cutie and i know for a fact that if a dog goes to the wrong person in ghana, it could end up being chained and maltreated and i know that if I can get to buy it, I can get then under my finger and get the pet passport. I already love the dog and hope to get it

  9. i am saving for a havanese puppy and im so close
    theres this super cute one that we might get
    ek 🙂

  10. My dad says we can’t get a dog because we don’t have enough time to look after it. We can’t get a cat because my dad is allergic to cats. When I ask about anything else the answer is “because I say so.” When I ask what I can get, the answer is “I don’t want to have this discussion now.”

    I’m sick of this.

  11. I am getting a puppy!! This should happen 3 years ago but… I guess I have to wait maybe 10… YEARS?

  12. I’m getting a small white Maltese puppy in a few days and I’m so excited. Learning some new things to ensure I take perfect of my new pup😂😊❤️

  13. I was never allowed to have a dog when I was a kid. Now I’m 26, have my own house and big back yard and I’m getting a Dalmatian in september 🙂 super excited. That has been my life long dream.

  14. I am alowed to have a puppy but I have 1 problem, our house is way too messy… So I kinda want one after I get my own house..

  15. "Get down on your hands and knees to view the world as your puppy would." Dang, these steps got really intense.

  16. Im so torn between buying a puppy and telling the breeder no.

    Its like having a child 😥. I really want him

  17. My parents work a lot and I still have school. My relatives live in another continent and… yeah.. no time whatsoever to take care of this pupper

  18. I’m getting a Golden Retriever some time this year, and we just started buying toys so it’s not so overwhelming when we get him. Of course when we get home we’re gonna go and let him pick out a toy for us to buy

  19. Blood is red
    Veins are blue
    Let it be easy on them
    adopt a hypoallergenic one or two
    with a buddy on your side
    you would eventually make life through
    Click on a like
    To make sure its blue
    I don’t want them
    But some might do

  20. I work long hours (9 AM to 7 PM door to door). I would love a puppy but don’t know if it’s a right decision? Also we don’t have a puppy sitter where I lived, and everyone I know work as well (I’m an expat), seems like I shouldn’t buy a puppy.. 😢

  21. My birthday is in less than a week I am turning fourteen I have wanted a dog for thirteen years I am hoping for the best that I get a ouppy

  22. At 3:34 she says if he chews or urinates on his bed, permanently remove it. Can someone pls clarify this for me? I will be getting a pup in 2 weeks and I'm just trying to learn as much as I can before she comes. Thanks!


    My Mum:in the next 10 years if we ever move house I might get one….

  24. Actually, its better to leave the puppy alone. If you give him loads attention as time goes by you probably wont spend as much time as you used to so when you leave the dog it might develop seperation anxiety.

  25. The 1 I got today on July 17, 2019 but actually bring home on July 19,2019 is 7 months is so cute
    It's a girl

  26. I proved to my parents I am capable of taking care of a pet (since my sister doesn't care for her gerbils I end up cleaning them every week) so now I am getting a great perenese

  27. So excited. I have two dogs(7 and 10) and my dad is going to bring up a puppy he found in Texas. I’m Nervous and excited as I’ve never cared for a puppy so young.

  28. I'm sorry, this is very informative, but I can't help but mention that you seem to have very suppressed anger and it shows on your face.. It may just be nervousness, but I can physically feel your anger..

  29. Awwwa so cute!! I started a new channel take a Look at this shihpoo puppy chasing a deodorant top! 🤣😂😂😂

  30. I was preparing then I remembered "wait… When we get the dog we are going camping at grandpa's cabin for aunties birthday… "

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