6 Things to Do Before Bringing Your Puppy Home

By Shannon Gurnee
In Pets
November 26, 2022

Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about 5 things to do before bringing your puppy home.

puppies blanket on couch at home

Puppies are adorable. They’re also a lot of work, especially when bringing one home. It’s not just about getting the right pet supplies online for your dog or even finding toys to keep them occupied. You should do many other things before bringing your puppy home for the first time.

Research Responsible Breeders and Pet Stores

Before you bring your puppy home, it’s essential to do some research. Whether you’re buying from a breeder or adopting from a shelter, there are some things you should look for to make sure that the breeders and shelters are doing their jobs responsibly. First, ask around about the reputation of responsible breeders in your area. Search for local clubs that deal with dogs of your chosen breed, and contact them to see if they know of any reputable breeders in your area.

Take Puppy-Proofing Seriously

Puppy-proofing is vital to helping your puppy settle in and feel safe at home. You need to block off rooms and furniture and get a crate, a collar, a leash, and toys for the puppy. If you are bringing them into an apartment or renting a place that doesn’t allow pets, then this may not be possible, so check with your landlord or complex manager before bringing them home.

Stock Up on Supplies

You should have a few things on hand before bringing your puppy home. You need to physically get them or order these pet supplies online before your furry new baby comes home.

  • A crate and bed: If you’re not prepared for your puppy to have a private spot, she may end up peeing everywhere or chewing on furniture, which could lead to more serious behavioral issues.
  • Toys and chew toys: Not only will these keep your pup busy when you aren’t around, but they’ll also help alleviate boredom.
  • Food and water bowls: You’ll need separate containers for eachβ€”one for food and one for waterβ€”so make sure they’re big enough to accommodate both needs without spilling over onto the floor.

Choose a Vet

Ask around and do your research to identify a reliable veterinary clinic near you. It’s essential to have a vet you can count on in emergencies. It’s best to schedule a visit as soon as you bring your puppy home. The vet will examine your puppy and let you know if they are healthy. You’ll also want to schedule regular checkups with your vet in the future so that they can catch any issues early on.

Prepare Your Home for Your Puppy’s Arrival

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for your puppy’s arrival is clean it. Get rid of any toxic or dangerous items in your house, such as cleaning products, medications, nail polish remover, and anything else that might harm a dog. This will also ensure the area where your pet spends most of its time is safe from potential hazards.

Get to Know Your Puppy Before They Come Home with You

  • Take your puppy to the vet and schedule all necessary vaccinations and checks.
  • Help your puppy get comfortable in the crate.
  • Know the breed well and do your research, so you know what to expect.
  • Ask friends of the same or similar breed to share insights and experiences.
  • Know what health problems your puppy is likely to have.


The most important thing to remember when bringing home a puppy is that this is just as hectic as getting a new baby. Your puppy will be a quintessential part of your life for quite a while, so do what is necessary ahead of time. Let us know what you think in the comments below.Β 


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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