Picking Her Up
Your pup bonds easily at this age. If you have children, bring them along. Puppies will be glad to see you and whomever you bring with you to pick up day.
Safety is important. Your new puppy can ride home in the back seat on a passenger’s lap or in a crate but not loose in the car (and it’s not the day to introduce the harness/seatbelt). If you’re on your own, then crate him –for his safety and yours. We know, it’s tempting to want him loose in the front seat or on your lap, but it might not be the best idea.
If your new pup is coming home on someone’s lap, then a properly fitted, wide, flat collar and leash should go on before you get in the car. “Properly fitted” means cannot slip off over his head. It can be tempting to fit the collar loosely so as not to upset your puppy, but that can lead to paws and jaws getting caught in the slack as well as the collar coming off entirely. Fit the collar so a finger can get under it easily but it cannot come off over his head.
Please keep a leash attached to the collar, because puppies are squirmy and holding the leash can mean the difference between a scary moment and a safe one. Also, bring along a chewy – rawhide sticks or retriever roll rawhides make good in - car entertainment.
Bring along an old towel to hold puppy. Your puppy may get car sick on the way home.
Your puppy is probably not fully vaccinated yet, so find a nice clean grassy spot away from traffic. Try to avoid placed especially marked for dogs as these are heavily used by dogs that may carry diseases.
When You Get Home
He probably has to go to the bathroom. Walk him around the outside area you’ve chosen for his bathroom or put him in the inside area with papers and give him some time. He’ll be distracted at first, but usually nature calls quite quickly.
Take your time introducing your new puppy to your other pets. Introductions are best done slowly, so that all involved have time to adjust to each other. Crates, baby gates, and exercise pens are all helpful for giving pets the opportunity to see and smell each other without being in each other’s space.
Some puppies who've travelled a long way may arrive somewhat stressed, so don’t be surprised if they fall into a deep slumber that first night.
It is common, normal and rather expected for your puppy to have an accident or two the first few days.
Get him out as often as you can – every half hour or so when he is out of confinement.
It's a through system, they eat and drink and then they need to go right away. So keep the food out only for the mealtime, remove the leftovers and then potty immediately.
Go out with him – praising and rewarding for going outside and he’ll soon catch on.
Following these simple guidelines for your first days with your new puppy will go a long way toward building a strong, trusting relationship that will bring both you and your puppy joy for many years.