Imagine being separated from everything you know in one instant and brought to a strange place with strange things and people. This is how a puppy feels the first time you bring him home. It is a stressful experience for him. With this in mind and an objective to make him feel at home will make him soon forget about all his worries and settle down home with you and your family.
Research on ways on how to look after your new puppy even before you take him home to be prepared on this responsibility. Zoom in on his first days with you to get over the crossing over stage.
All the members of your family will want to meet him on coming home day. If you have come from some travel, the first thing your puppy needs to do is to pee. He can meet the family after. Carry him to your designated toilet area for him and let him pee there first. This is when toilet training starts. Although puppies have different time intervals for peeing, at the start take him to his toilet every 30 minutes, as soon as he wakes and up, after mealtimes and before sleeping. He will get familiar with this routine and know where his toilet is.
For his first meal, remember to serve the food he usually has at the shelter. They are prone to upset stomach. So feed him something familiar and small, while gradually changing the diet to your preference a few days after he has settled in.
Your puppy will sure be the center of attention once he arrives, whether for the children or other existing pets. In the initial days, however, you have to be his guardian and look after him while he adjusts and you slowly training him on the house routine.
For his first night, take a deep box, put a pillow and a blanket and put it beside your bed. Let him settle down first and hear or smell your scent for 3-4 days before crate training to prevent homesickness and howling.
In the first week, your goal should be to make him feel safe and home. Official training should start when he’s perfectly adjusted. Do not scold him for accidents and start praising him for behaving and proper toilet use.
There will be a lot of confusion in the first month. Bear with it. Never scold him. Just slowly teach him and repeat the commands for him to get used to them. Start his crate training. Provide him with a crate that will be his alone and peaceful place.
Focus on socializing for the first month. Take him to places with people and animals to remove any fear or anxieties that may develop through time. This shall be part of his training. Keep lots of treats and praises up your sleeves for behaving.
Soon enough, you’ll find out that your puppy is already a well-behaved and friendly adult dog and you will enjoy spending a lot of time with him.