Whether you’ve just adopted a new puppy from a trusted breeder or brought home a rescue dog from a shelter, the first introduction to your home and family to the dog can be crucial. There can also be a longer adjustment period if the dog had a previous owner, even for just a few days. Here our our tips and tricks for bringing home a new puppy. For example, the most common mistake most people make when bringing home the new family member is throwing open the front door, removing the lease and let them go explore. Running from one room of your home to another, excitedly sniffing everything he or she comes across, etc.  They look like their having the time of their life’s, right? Wrong. You’ve just introduced your new family member to a new and strange environment where they’re most likely terrified. Sure, your puppy will come to know their new home in time, but the problem is that these early associates stick in the form of very bad first impressions.

Tips & Tricks

Bringing Home A New PuppyBefore you bring home your new puppy, set aside a special place for them in their new home that they can be comfortable in. Whether that be a new dog bed you want to gift your new pup or just a pile of old blankets. As long as it’s a place in your that they can call their own and feel safe in. Along with this you should already have a set place for them to eat and drink, especially if you’re bringing home a small puppy who needs to stay hydrated

Chew Toy 2If you’ve already bought some type of chew toys, you may consider introducing one during the first day or two so your new pup won’t search out their own in the form of your furniture… Take a look at our last post where we show you the top ten dog toys we recommend. This can greatly help your new pup feel more at home.


Baby and PuppyIntroduce other family members to the newest addition slowly and one by one. The same way you shouldn’t overwhelm your new pup right away with a strange new environment, a big entourage of new people meeting them there is equally as bad. The best way to do this is to more or less let the dog introduce themselves. Have the other person and the dog alone in a room together and let them become acquainted.


WBad Doghat about other pets already in your home? This is one of the biggest concerns for current pet owners when adopting a new dog. Introducing the pup family member to your other pets should be the same as introducing them to people, just more being careful. Try the same technique we mentioned in the last tip, but be ready to break up a fight if it were to happen.

Another thing to keep in mind if you are already a pet owner is to not expect your new pet to eat out of the same bowl as the others. Get a separate bowl AND spot for it. This will keep tension to a minimum until all of the pets become friendly. This applies to both dogs and cats. German Shepherds in particular are known to be aggressive and territorial by nature, but not mean spirited. If anything, they will in time become very protective of your other pets as well as their best friend. [ois skin=”Post Subscribe Box”]

German Shepherd Puppy Potty TrainingIf you’ve read our puppy house-training guide you should have already picked out your dog’s bathroom area outside. Introduce this spot to your new dog right away to get them used to it. As well as a schedule for it if you prefer one.

If you have a system like this already in place for other pets, you may want to choose a new spot gauging on their reaction. one of the many purposes of having a designated bathroom spot is the fact that dogs will tend to relieve themselves in an area where they can smell traces of past messes and depending on the particular animal, smelling another dog’s may be unsettling.


We hope these tips have helped you and given some insight on some of the challenges that may come during the first day of adopting a new puppy into your home. If you think we skipped anything or have a comment to add, please feel free to leave it down below.

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