• Necessary supplies include bed and bedding, a sturdy dog carrier or crate, food and water bowls, brushes and combs, appropriate collar, harness and leash, and identification tags
  • Puppies use their mouths to explore all new things and will be tempted to bite and chew on almost anything they can get their mouth on to provide them with plenty of toys to chew on and play with.
  • Ideally, your new puppy should be examined by a vet before you bring it home, but if this is not feasible, have your pet examined as soon as possible prior to introducing it to any other animals.


  • Before bringing your new puppy into your home you will need to puppy proof your house, garage, basement, and yard.
  • Keep in mind the lower vantage point that puppies have. They’ll be attracted to things you won’t see when standing, so you need to get down on all fours and look through their eyes. This way, you’ll see things at your pet’s level and not overlook anything.
  • Everyday dangers to puppies include plants, household garbage, food, cleaning substances, swallowable objects (this includes anything small enough for them to get a hold of), electrical cords and wires, curtain and drapery cords, plastic bags, shoes and clothing, children’s toys and items, medicines, open fires, open doors, balconies and raised decks, pools and ponds, unsupervised small children, and other pets.
  • Keep toilet lids, dresser drawers, trunks, and closets closed.
  •  Be careful when closing your refrigerator, oven, washer, or clothes dryer to make sure your puppy is not inside.
  •  Keep sewing supplies out of reach and never leave a hot stove unattended.
  • Block off stairs and ledges with a baby gate.
  •  Keep poisons and all medications in a locked cabinet or room that your pet can’t access.
  • Examine your house and furniture carefully for small holes, gaps, and spots where a small animal could squeeze into and get stuck.
  • Watch out for heavy objects placed on unstable bases, such as an iron on an ironing board.
  • Keep a watchful eye on them and know its whereabouts at all times. Just like you wouldn’t let a toddler run around the house unsupervised, so it should be with your puppy.
  •  Make sure you have a safe small room or crate in which to confine your pet when you’re not able to directly supervise it.