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A New Dog
Planning for Your New Dog
Ready for a New Dog?
What is Responsibility?
Choosing a Dog

Allergies to Dogs

Where to Get a Dog
Shopping List
Puppy's First Day
Naming Your Dog
What About the Cat?
Lesson of the Day


It's fun to get a new puppy!

Your Puppy's
First Day

Give your dog a head start on a happy life by making his first day a great one.

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 Your puppy's first day in your home is one of the most important times in his young life. Try to make it one of his best days.


It's very important for your dog to be wearing an ID tag from the first day he is at your home.  Before you bring your new dog or puppy home, have the tag ready for him. If you haven't chosen a name for your dog yet, just put your address and phone number on it.

Click on the tag for more information


Boy kneeling by his new golden retriever puppy.
A pup is beginning to
learn lots of things.

The first thing you are going to want to do is hold your puppy. You might want to hold him all the time. But it is very important for your puppy to have a chance to meet the other people in your family. He also needs to explore his new home.

Holding your puppy is important so he learns to love you, but on the first day, hold him only a few minutes at a time.



You and your parents should get your house ready before your pup comes home. Puppy-proofing your house will keep your new pup safe from danger.

 Puppy-proof your house:
1. Make sure cords and wires are not where your dog can reach them.
2. Place trash in cupboards or have your parents get trash cans with lids.
3. Ask your folks to remove dangerous liquids, like cleaners and antifreeze.
4. Clear off tables that your pup might reach.


Have a couple of toys ready for your dog to play with. He may not want to play the first day, but they will be there if he does. Cocker Spaniel

Crates make good beds

Have a place for your dog to sleep. A crate makes a good bed. When your puppy is resting, he can be in a private place where no one will bother him. If you don't have a crate, put his bed somewhere that is cozy, comfortable, and private for him.

Some pups need something cuddly to sleep with the first night. Click here to see what Bonnie cuddled up to on her first day.

Your pup will probably need to go to the bathroom soon after he arrives. It would be a good idea to take him outside before he begins to explore your home. Praise him when he goes.

Give your new dog time to explore your house, but don't leave him alone. You can stand behind him and follow him to the places he wants to go.

 Holding a new pup.

Hold your puppy for just a little while.


Joining the Family

The best place for your new dog to meet your other dog for the first time is outside--in your yard (fenced) or in a park (on a leash). When they are comfortable with each other, bring them indoors.

Quiet, please!

Your puppy will do better if your house is quiet. Loud noises may scare him. Later, when he is used to your house, you can introduce new sounds slowly.


Give your pup some water right away if he's thirsty.

Wait and give your dog some food after he has been home for a while and is feeling more comfortable.

Don't forget to let him outside every time he drinks or eats. See Housebreaking Your Dog for tips.



It is very important to know what Humane means:

Humane means acting kind, gentle, and generous toward your pets.
Click on the for suggestions on being kind, gentle, and generous.
Your new puppy needs to feel safe at all times.
You can help him to feel that way by being humane to him.


Don't start any training on this first day.
This is your pup's day to meet everyone.

It might be very tempting to take your dog out and show him off to your friends, but you need to wait a little while. First, let your pup get comfortable at home and with everyone that lives in your house.

Then, after your pup has had it's shots to protect him from illness, take him out for short walks not very far from your house. Always remember to tell your pup he is doing a great job.


  If your puppy can't walk on a leash yet, read this page:
Leash Training for Puppies


Do you have a cat?
Click on the to find out how to introduce your cat to your new dog.


These are great books that would be helpful for you and your dog:


ASPCA Pet Care Guides for Kids: Puppy, by Mark Evans, Dorling Kindersley 1992

Puppy is designed to help young animal owners learn about and care for their pets. Illustrated on every page with full-color photography, Puppy is packed with practical information on every aspect of canine care. Published in association with the ASPCA, this book engages and informs readers ages 7 and up.

Puppy Training

Puppy Training for Kids, by Sarah Whitehead, Barrons Juveniles 2001
This book has easy-to-understand instructions for children on puppy training and care. With an emphasis on fun. Learn what to feed puppies and how much to give them, and how to play games that are safe and enjoyable. They also learn basics of puppy handling, grooming, giving commands, teaching obedience, tricks, and much more. There are great full-color photos throughout the book. For ages 9-12, or 4-8 with parents' guidance. Excellent Book!

Kids Training Puppies

Kids Training Puppies in Five Minutes, by JoAnn Dahan, Cork Hill Press; (February 5, 2004)
From an Amazon.com reader: My name is Christi, I am 7 years old. I just got a new lab puppy from my Mom and Dad her name is Ginny. Before I could have Ginny I had to promised I would care for her and train her. This book is so great, it is very easy to read and the pictures of the lab puppies and kids are so cute. I taught Ginny to sit and lie down really fast. I think every kid with a puppy should have this book. Ages 5-8

Your Puppy Your Dog

Your Puppy, Your Dog, by Pat Storer, Storey Publishing; 1997
From the Back Cover
What a dog needs most is love -- and loving a dog means providing everything it needs to be happy and healthy. With easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of illustrations, this book tells you just how to care for and understand your dog. Ages 9-12
* How to select the puppy or dog that is best for you
* What and how to feed your dog
* How to train and exercise your dog
* How to play with your dog or puppy
* How to keep your dog in the best of health
* Where and how to show your dog
* How to make items...



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A New Dog
Planning for Your New Dog
Ready for a New Dog?
What is Responsibility?
Choosing a Dog

Allergies to Dogs

Where to Get a Dog
Shopping List
Puppy's First Day
Naming Your Dog
What About the Cat?
Lesson of the Day


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