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The first days with your new puppy: what can you expect?

When you just got a new puppy, it can be very overwhelming to be responsible for a living thing for the first time. There are many things to think about and do to make sure your new dog is comfortable and well cared for. In this article, we'll cover everything you can expect during the first few days with your new puppy, from the first meeting to the first night at home.

The first meeting

The first meeting between you and your new puppy can be very exciting. Be sure to put the puppy at ease by being calm and friendly. Let the puppy sniff you and take the time to get to know each other before moving on.

The first visit to the vet

It is important to take your new puppy to the vet as soon as possible for a check-up and possible vaccinations. Make sure you have all the necessary information about the puppy with you, such as the date of birth and any medical history.

Potty training

It is important to start potty training as soon as possible. Make a special place for your pup outside where he can relieve himself and reward him every time he gets it right. Keep in mind that it may take some time for your pup to be fully potty trained.

Read more about the best way to train your puppy in our blog about: Puppy Training: From Potty Training to Commands

The first night at home

The first night at home can be difficult for both you and your pup. Make sure your pup has a comfortable place to sleep, such as a dog bed with a soft pillow. Don't leave the puppy alone and comfort him when he cries. Keep in mind that it may take a while for your pup to feel comfortable and fall asleep.

The first walk

Once your pup has received all the necessary vaccinations, you can start walking. Make sure you have a suitable collar and leash and start slowly. Let your puppy get used to the environment and take the time to enjoy the walk together.


It is important to socialize your puppy as soon as possible. Take him to different places and introduce him to other people and animals. This way, your puppy will develop into a well-adjusted dog.

Also read how to ensure that your children and puppy get along well: Puppies and children: how do you ensure a safe interaction?

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It is important to feed your puppy a healthy and balanced diet. Talk to your vet about the best diet for your pup and make sure your pup always has plenty of fresh water.

Read more in our blog about the best food for puppies: Puppy food: what does your puppy need?

Play and move

Puppies have a lot of energy and need regular play and exercise. Make sure you have plenty of toys for your pup and set aside regular time to play and exercise together.

Read more about the best games and toys for your puppy in: Fun games to play with your puppy

Reward and punish

Rewards and punishments are important parts of your puppy's training. Reward your pup when he does something right and be consistent when punishing unwanted behavior. Keep in mind that positive reinforcement is the best way to encourage desired behavior.

Read more about the best ways to raise your puppy in our blog about: Puppy raising: how to do it in a positive way?


Make sure your home is safe for your pup. Remove poisonous plants and chemicals from your pup's reach and make sure there are no loose wires or sharp objects that could injure your pup.

Read how to make your home safe for a new puppy: How to puppy-proof your home?


Grooming is an important part of raising your puppy. Brush your pup's coat regularly and give him regular baths. Also check your puppy's ears, eyes and nails regularly and keep his teeth clean.


Raising a puppy can be challenging and requires a lot of patience. Be patient and stay positive when training your pup. It's important to remember that it can take some time for your pup to get the hang of everything.

Love and attention

Give your puppy lots of love and attention. Pups have a great need for social contact and enjoy being with their owner. Giving your pup love and attention will make him feel safe and secure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my puppy keeps crying at night?

Comfort your pup and stay with him until he falls asleep. You can also place a clock next to his sleeping spot to mimic his mother's sound.

How long will it take for my puppy to be potty trained?

It can take several weeks to several months for your pup to be fully potty trained. Be patient and consistent with potty training.

What is the best way to socialize my puppy?

Take your pup to different places and introduce him to other people and animals. Make sure your pup is always on a leash and keep a close eye on him.

How much should I feed my puppy?

Talk to your vet about the best diet for your puppy. Feed your pup small portions of food throughout the day and make sure he always has fresh water.

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