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by Joe Chanda January 09, 2015 3 min read

It’s finally arrived… the exciting day that your puppy is old enough to come home with you! Before you head straight to the breeder, though, there are a few things you need to do to make sure your new dog adjusts well to your new home. Preparation is key in ensuring that you and your puppy get off to a good start.

1 – Set House Rules for Your Pet from Day One

A common mistake many new pet owners make is allowing their new puppy too much freedom and then having to deal with problems from this later on. Sit down with other household members and decide things like where the puppy will sleep, who will take the puppy for walks, and whether there are any rooms in the house that are off limits. When deciding these rules, think about what will be best for the long term, and think beyond the puppy stage. It’s easy to get caught up in how little your pet is today and forget about what it’ll be like later on. Before you let your puppy jump on your lap, ask yourself, what will it be like to have a 65-pound fully grown Labrador jumping on your lap someday?

2 – Prepare Your Dog’s Necessities

You’ll want to have food and water dishes, food, treats, and simple dog furnishings available as soon as your pet gets home. A few toys are also a good idea, although your puppy may be so involved in his new surroundings for the first week that he may not play with them much. If you don’t want your puppy to get used to sitting on the couch, you may want to invest in pet crate furniture and a pet bed so you can train your puppy from the start.

3 – Get a Collar

You also need to get an identification tag (with your contact info on it) and put it on your dog’s new collar. Having a collar with an identification tag can be critical in the first few weeks when a puppy is still adjusting to your home. Don’t risk letting your puppy get lost!

4 – Give Your Dog a Den

Dogs all have an instinct to snuggle up in a den, so having a crate to go to will be comforting to your new puppy. Your dog’s crate is like her own room. Pet crate furniture is also helpful in training. You will want to invest in a crate that your puppy won’t be able to chew on, so metal is a good choice. At DenHaus, we offer several luxury dog crates that are well suited to puppies. Once your puppy is over the chewing phase, you can look for wooden dog crates.

5 – Spend Extra Time with Your Puppy

Although your puppy may need periodic quiet time to adjust to his or her surroundings, the first few days are key for establishing a good bond with your pet. If possible, plan to bring your puppy home on a long weekend so that you have extra time to bond together. You’ll also need to plan to spend extra time training your new puppy over the next six to eight weeks, and you’ll also want to take time every day to play and get to know each other.

Once your your puppy is on his way home, you can get him his own designer dog crate from DenHaus that will complement your home’s decor.

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