When you bring home a new furry friend, you may have many questions. Puppies usually need a lot of attention, equipment, and love to stay happy and healthy. Between introducing your family, checking your home, and setting up a care plan, you may need to check off a few things before you get home. Fortunately, we’ve created a new puppy checklist that will help you navigate puppy ages with ease. Read on to learn more about what to include on your new puppy checklist to make a seamless transition, and for tips on how to help your new best friend.
Prepare yourself with this new puppy checklist
Your home is puppy-safe
No pet owner wants to deal with the stress of wires, plants, or other pet hazards when bringing their pet home for the first time. Go room by room to see if the room is pet friendly.
It can also help to create a small space that only your new pup can retreat to when they want to relax.
After all, getting used to their new home, it’s a lot of stimulation. This guide will show you how to protect your home with puppies.
Prepare for socialization
Socialization is an important part of your pet’s growth and development. It can be difficult to get in touch with other puppies during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, you can use additional resources to help out your furry friend.
For example, let your pup explore when he’s out and about on a daily basis. Consider a different dog route than your usual walk, or try a new interaction with a new toy during playtime.
In addition, various interactive toys can add emotional, mental, and physical stimulation to your new puppy and allow you to bond with them. For more information on puppy socialization, see this checklist here.
Keep your furry friend clean and tidy
The health of your pup’s coat, skin, and nails is an important part of their overall wellbeing. From your puppy’s first bath to your puppy’s first haircut, you may not be sure how to handle their fur. Each puppy’s coat can be different. In fact, your daily grooming regimen may vary depending on the breed of your new pet. For more tips, check out this puppy grooming guide here.
When you feel like you’re ready to welcome your new pet home, find out which items should be on your list below.
A new puppy checklist can help you stay organized
There is so much to consider when bringing your new pet home! It’s a fun and exciting time for your family. Puppies can make incredible companions and make a great addition to any family. Most importantly, puppies can show us how to have fun and bond with others.
What did you include on your new puppy checklist? Tell us in the comments.
To learn more about puppy training, check out the five recommended puppy training tips
About the author
is a digital content writer and publisher for Trupanion. She spends her work day writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, getting inspiration from pets, and luckily hanging out with her rescue dogs all day. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been published on the DOGTV blog, the KitNipBox blog, the Get Your Pet blog and Fansided, among others.