(Closed) Adoption app approved – we are getting a puppy!!! Share your prep tips?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3136 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018


Crate, nature’s miracle spray, EZ walk harness.

And lots of patience.

Post # 4
3136 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Wait- I just realized it’s you! Now I love him even more!!!


Post # 5
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Love the name! Those books are amazing!

I second reading lots of puppy books and what to expect, but if you’re adopting him, also check in with the shelter about any problem behaviours he might have so you can be prepared. Good luck, and congratulations!!

Post # 6
1115 posts
Bumble bee

Oh. My. God. 


When I adopted my dog, I was given a checklist. Did they give you anything or could you ask?

I agree with patience. And treats. Positive reinforcement goes a long way. 

Post # 7
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL


Crate, harness, and toys.  I prefer a harness because you have more control and it has to be better than crushing the puppy’s throat with a collar.  When he’s old enough for a proper walk get a gentle-leader.  Best walking tool out there!

Try not to go too overboard on the toys at first.  We ended up saving and introducing toys one by one so that he had a new toy each week.  It helped keep him busy and definitely cut down on him getting bored with his toys and going after off-limits things like shoes.

Can you take some time off from work or does one of your work from home?  I was off from school for a week or two and that allowed me to better supervise our puppy.  It also allowed me to get used to his pee/poo face and hurried bathroom behavior which cut down on accidents in the house.  Until he is fully housetrained, don’t leave him alone outside of his crate.  My puppy even followed me to the bathroom and I let him because when he was left alone he was more likely to have an accident.

We were able to train with his regular dog food as treats rather than dog buscuits.  As a result we have a lot less issues with weight gain now that he’s an older dog.

Post # 8
110 posts
Blushing bee

AWWWW! Congratulations!!! I was hoping that would work out for you guys Smile 

My first suggestion would be to decide whether or not you want to let him in your bedroom/ on the bed.. and stick with it!

Once the first night comes, he might get sad and keeping yourself from comforting a crying puppy is truly one of the most heartrending ordeals, so you need to really have thought out your decision beforehand, because you’ll need all your resolve.

Good luck, and congratulations again!!


PS: Love the Pullman reference!

Post # 9
1115 posts
Bumble bee

I’m so slow, I just realized that was a Dark Materials reference. I thought the names sounded familiar!

Post # 10
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Carpet clearner (PP mentioned Nature’s Miracle, a great brand) and lots of paper towels.  Housetraining is much easier when these things are on hand.

My dog was 8 months when we got him and still very much in puppy mode.  He is much more of a chewer than my previous dogs so I didn’t expect all the trouble he got into.  Make sure cords are secure or hidden, watch out for anything with tassels or fringe (like rugs), and secure anything at his level that might have a sent (candles, houseplants, baskets made of natural fibers, etc.) 

They’re so inquisitive at that age…I’m sure no matter how you prep he’ll still get into all kinds of adorable trouble πŸ˜‰

Post # 11
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

OMG so darling!!!!

Clear the floor and make sure nothing you like a lot is touching it. My puppy decided to chew up the leg of our table!! I mean, it was kind of stick like… Also the potty clean up products are a must have. A crate is great and if you have to be gone, an old tshirt that smells like you was great for keeping our puppy from whining so much. 

Post # 12
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh my gosh!  I am so glad you got him!!!  I love his white face πŸ™‚  It looks like he got into some white cream and it stuck to his nose πŸ™‚

I definitely recommend getting him a little dog bed – my dog loves hers SO much.  Also, get really high quality dog food, it is worth it! 


Post # 13
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yayy! When do you get him??

Post # 15
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Congratulations!! He is adorable!!

Will you be crate training him? Its much easier to house break dogs with crate training and not using pee pads. Even though you don’t have carpets or rugs, I definitely suggest using Nature’s Miracle to clean up after him since it removes the smell. If he continues to smell where he had an accident, he will do it again in the same place.

I second the easy walker harness – its completely changed the way our pup walks on a leash. 

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