Bringing Puppy Home


We hope that you are bringing home a puppy who is at least eight weeks old and not younger! That is the right age for a pup to be separated from its litter and mother. However it is of course a different situation if the pup already has no mother or siblings which can often be the case in rescue organizations and shelters.


Its very important to introduce your puppy to your house the right way so as to reduce anxiety and fear and make it an enjoyable experience for yourself and the new member of your family.


The first thing you should do is make sure that you have taken a record of your pups immunization and deworming from your adopting agency. At least a first round of immunization against distemper, parvo etc, should have taken place.


Bring some clothing or toy from the adopting agency that your puppy is used to so that her transition is easier to her new home. This article will carry smells of her littermates, mum or handlers and will therefore be comforting to her.


Try and pick up puppy during the earlier part of the day. That will give you plenty of time to get your pup used to her new home and will create less anxiety in her. Pups should not be taken home in the evening.


Make sure that if you are driving then you have someone in the car to hold the pup. Body warmth makes puppies feel secure. You can also take a towel along and wrap her in it. You may also need it if your pup gets anxious and vomits in the car. In case that does happen don’t make a fuss. Remember you want your pup to see and experience you as a calm pack leader.


Make sure your car is parked really close to the pups exit gate and try and encourage your pup to walk to the car (that’s of course if she is big enough). Its important for your puppy to find her own way to new situations and not be carried into them. You should try and do this as much as possible. If dog mothers want their pups to go in a certain direction they encourage them to walk that way patiently and gently, they don’t carry them there! At least not at the age we are talking about. Be patient, don’t drag the puppy and don’t get angry or irritated. Be calm and gently with your pup and remember new things and experiences are scary for them. When you get to the car, gently pick up your pup and put her in, keep her scent toy or clothing next to her so she is calm. Put her on the floor once you are in the boundary walls of your house and let her smell the yard, garden or front porch. Then you can put her on a leash (if she is used to being on one) and also walk her down two or three houses in your lane so she gets a sense of her surrounding. Then bring her back inside, put her down, open the door and let her follow you in on her own. In case she is hesitant to do this you can use the smell of a biscuit or some dog food to lure her in. But try to make sure she follows you and don’t picke her up and take her in.


Make sure when you enter your house there are not excited people around waiting to swoop down on the pup or making loud, excited noises. This can really startle a puppy. Everyone should ideally sit or stand quietly and let the puppy move around and sniff. Don’t start petting and cuddling her immediately. Give her the time and space to know and adjust to her new surroundings without being overwhelmed. As timid as your pup may seem at first she will want to follow you and want your love and attention. Just give her time to get around to it at her own pace.


Once she has familiarized herself, take her to her special place in the house and make sure you keep her toy or cloth which you have brought from her previous home near here. You can then go about and tend to her other needs like placing her water bowl etc.


Try and keep it all as calm and peaceful as you can. Remember if you share calm energy with your puppy, she will also be calm and relaxed and will adjust to you and her new environment far quicker and in a relaxed and stable way.