Getting a Puppy - What to Expect & Key Things to Consider

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015

What to Expect

Depending on the puppy’s attitude, the puppy will either be into everything at once or the puppy will be scared and timid. If your new puppy is all over the place, you will have to increase your supervision and make sure that you have effectively puppy-proofed your household. If your puppy is shy and timid, try to quiet the household, and let the puppy get to know the home, and you, on its own terms.

Excitable and nervous puppies, and puppies that have just been separated from their mother and siblings, will often bark and wine more than usual. You can expect a lot of barking and whining in the first 48 hours of bringing the puppy home. As the puppy gets used to its surroundings and new home, the barking and whining should calm down.

Puppy puddles and accidents will more than likely occur multiple times. Excitable and nervous puppies are especially prone to having accidents. Prepare yourself with plenty of clean up tools, and if possible restrict the puppy at first to an area without carpeting.

A change in environment, and especially a change in diet, can cause the puppy to experience diarrhea or loose stools. If the puppy has diarrhea, make sure that the puppy is getting enough liquids and decrease the amount of food the puppy is getting. If the diarrhea does not begin to improve within 24 – 48 hours, take the puppy to the veterinarian and have the puppy checked for intestinal parasites.

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