New Puppy Checklist – 8 Most Important things to know!

Bringing Your New Puppy Home for the First Time: 8 Most Important Things to Know and Do –

Congratulations! So, you are buying a puppy!  Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting and joyous occasion. This cute furry friend will bring you so much happiness into your life. However, as cute as they are they also can be very curious, mischievous, naughty, and disruptive. They can jump, climb, scratch, chew and get into all sorts of trouble.

So, before your little puppy friend come home, it is essential to be well prepared and equipped to provide the best care and safe environment for the little one.

In this article, I will guide you through the 08 most important things to know and do when bringing your new puppy home.

So, here we go,

1. Preparing your home

2. Getting the essentials

3. Introducing the puppy to its new environment

4. Establishing a routine

5. Socialization and training

6. Health care and vaccinations

7. Bonding and Building trust.

8. Dealing with common challenges

1.Preparing your home – Puppy-proofing the house.

Creating a safe and secure environment is crucial for your puppy’s well-being. Puppies are curious and love to explore, bite & chew everything what they find.

So, here is a checklist of things to do.

  • Remove or lock the cabinets where you have any hazardous items, such as toxic paint, household cleaning items and medicine, food etc.,
  • Hide and block all electronic items and electrical cords it can reach.
  • Keep your shoes in a closed cabinet or a higher rack.
  • Put away your house plants so puppy cannot chew on them.
  • Leave your trash can somewhere it cannot reach.
  • Put away small pieces of laundry like socks that the puppy will not be able to chew & swallow.

Creating a safe place for the puppy

Best way to keep your puppy safe is by supervising him all the time. When your puppy is small, it is not good to leave it alone for a long period of time. If you really must leave him alone in the house, he should be left in a crate or a well secured area.

Designate a specific area or room where your puppy can retreat to when they need rest or alone time. Set up a comfortable bed, a small crate where puppy can be comfortable and safe, provide water and toys.  Ensure the space is quiet and peaceful because, puppy’s also need a lot of sleep.

2. Getting the essentials – Puppy supplies checklist

Before bringing your puppy home, gather essential supplies such as

  • Puppy food
  • Food and water bowls,
  • Collar
  • Leash,
  • Identification tags,
  • Crate,
  • Bedding,
  • Puppy Pee Pads for toilet training
  • Poop bags
  • Toys,
  • Grooming tools – (Scroll down for more)
  • Baby or dog gates if you think it’s necessary to keep him confined to one area.

Having these items ready will make the transition smoother.

Choosing the right puppy food

 Initially, you can ask your breeder what food that they use to feed the puppy and get the same to feed him until you find a veterinarian in your area.

Then check with your veterinarian to determine the best diet for your puppy’s age, breed, and size. Choose high-quality puppy food that meets their nutritional needs.

Once you get the new food, you should gradually introduce the new food to avoid digestive issues. Ask your veterinarian how to do the transition from old food to the new in a safe way.

3. Introducing the puppy to its new environment – The first    meeting at homeExploring the surroundings.

Allow your puppy to explore their new environment under supervision.

Start with a small area and gradually expand their access. It may be not use to your wooden floors, tiled floors, or carpet. Don’t force it, let it explore on its own pace. Monitor the pup’s behavior and offer reassurance and encouragement.

Show them where their food, water, and potty areas are. Keep an eye on potential hazards and guide them away from danger. You cannot be sure that you always have everything out of the way. So, Puppy should not be allowed everywhere in the house alone until it understand your commands and well trained.

Bonding with your new puppy

The bonding with your furry friend starts with the moment you hold him in your arms. Let the puppy get use to your smell first and introduce all the family members one at a time. Let them hold him gently and get use to their smell.

You can nurture your bond with your puppy by giving him a lot of affection, feeding, grooming, exercise, training and playing with him. This will keep growing day by day and will never end.

4. Establishing a routine

Feeding schedule

Establish a consistent feeding schedule for your puppy. Divide their daily food portion into multiple small meals to prevent overeating. Stick to the same brand and type of food initially to avoid digestive issues.

Toilet training

Toilet training is a crucial aspect of raising a puppy. Take your puppy outside regularly, especially after meals, playtime, and naps. Reward them for eliminating in the designated area, reinforcing positive behaviour.

If it is difficult to take him out every couple of hours, you could get the puppy to use pee pads. You can set up the pee pad in a designated area and teach the puppy how to use it.

Exercise and playtime

Puppies have lots of energy that need to be expended. Provide regular exercise and play sessions to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Engage in interactive games and introduce age-appropriate toys.

9 Best toys to keep a puppy interactive and busy.

  • Kong –                                  you can put small treats or kibble in them.
  • Ball   –                                    will be very interesting for the puppy.
  • Teething bone –                  best when they are teething.
  • Chew toys –                          will avoid the craving to chew furniture & other items.
  • Plush toys –                          they love playing and sleeping with them.
  • Fetch toys –                         this will be a game they love.
  • Interactive toys –               will stimulate their brain.
  • Rope and tug toys –           most dogs love these
  • Storage bin for the toys – keep all puppy’s toys organized in one place.

5. Socialization and training – Exposing the puppy to     different experiences

Socialization plays a vital role in your puppy’s development. Introduce them to various sights, sounds, people, and other animals in a controlled and positive manner. This helps them become confident and well-adjusted dogs.

Never force your puppy if it is resisting to go to someone. Always be gentle and persistent and eventually it will be confident enough to be around strangers.

Basic obedience training

Start basic obedience training early, teaching commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “come.” Use positive reinforcement techniques, rewarding good behaviour with treats and praise. Consistency and patience are key during this training phase.

6. Health care and vaccinations

Finding a veterinarian

As soon as you can take your puppy for a general health exam. Select a reputable veterinarian in your area for your puppy’s healthcare needs. Schedule an initial visit to assess their overall health, discuss vaccination schedules, and receive advice on preventive care, including parasite Control.

You can also get the veterinarians recommendation and guidance on food or any other questions you might have.

Vaccination schedule

Follow your veterinarian’s recommended vaccination schedule to protect your puppy from common diseases. Vaccinations typically include protection against distemper, parvovirus, rabies, and other illnesses prevalent in your area.

Regular check-ups and grooming

Routine check-ups are essential to monitor your puppy’s growth and detect any health issues early. Additionally, establish a grooming routine, including brushing their coat, trimming nails, and cleaning ears to maintain their hygiene.

12 Essential puppy grooming supply checklists

  • Good quality brush
  • Good comb
  • Grooming coat spray
  • Doggie Wipes for quick cleanups
  • Nail clippers
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Grooming wipes
  • Shampoo
  • Gentle dog conditioner
  • Hair dryer
  • Drying towels

7. Bonding and building trust

Spending quality time with the puppy

Building a strong bond with your puppy is crucial for their emotional well-being. Spend quality time together, offering gentle affection, cuddles, and playtime. This helps foster trust and strengthens your relationship.

Positive reinforcement and rewards

Use positive reinforcement techniques during training to motivate and encourage your puppy. Reward good behaviour with treats, praise, and affection. Avoid punishment-based training methods, as they can harm the bond and trust.

8.Dealing with common challenges

Biting and chewing

Puppies explore the world with their mouths and may engage in nipping or chewing behaviours. Provide appropriate chew toys and redirect their attention when they exhibit unwanted biting behaviour. Consistent training and patience will help overcome this phase.

Separation anxiety

 Puppies may experience separation anxiety when left alone. Gradually introduce them to alone time, starting with short intervals and gradually increasing duration. Create a safe and comfortable space for them when you’re away.

Nighttime routine and sleep

Establish a nighttime routine to help your puppy settle and sleep comfortably. Provide a cozy sleeping area and follow a consistent bedtime routine. Introduce your puppy to its new crate and get him use to sleeping in it all night. Gradually reduce nighttime bathroom breaks as they grow older.

Final thoughts

Bringing a new puppy home is a wonderful experience, but it requires careful planning and preparation. By following these ten essential steps, you can create a safe, nurturing environment, establish a routine, and build a strong bond with your new furry companion. I am sure you are going to enjoy your little bundle of joy for many years to come.


Hello there, Thanks for stopping by. This is Sham Uhl. I love dogs and currently own a beautiful golden doodle. I had the pleasure of owning few other dogs over the past several years. Though it was a very rewarding experience, I also had to deal with a lot of problems and issues with them. So, I became obsessed with finding the best ways to take care of my dogs by understanding their behaviours and learn everything possible I could about dogs. That process led me into this amazing journey.   I established this website to educate and share my knowledge with other dog owners. Whether you're a seasoned dog parent or embarking on this joyous adventure for the first time I truly hope that you will find some knowledge and answers to what you are searching for.   I am eagerly anticipate sharing more about our dog friends with you all as I find out and learn more about them. Wishing you and your beloved doggie a happy and a healthy journey together!