Congrats on your new pup! Getting a dog is an exciting time for your family, but there are a few things that need to be taken care of to maintain the safety of the dog and its humans.


Stock Up

Make sure you have everything your dog needs, including toys, a collar (with a tag!), a leash, an appropriate-sized crate, food, and of course, some cleaning supplies. Picking these up as a family before your dog arrives is a great way to anticipate their arrival and get everyone involved!


Head to the Vet

Once you’ve brought your dog home, a visit to the veterinarian should be your top priority. Here’s what to expect at the vet:


Vaccinations. Vaccinations are an essential part to keeping your pet safe, healthy, and happy. The two most important puppy vaccines are canine distemper and canine parvovirus. Both diseases are potentially fatal diseases for dogs, especially puppies, but they can be easily prevented by proper vaccination of your pet.



Spaying or neutering your dog is the responsible thing to do. In many ways, it makes your dog a better companion, and helps keep the pet population under control. Spaying or neutering reduces your pet’s chances of certain diseases, and has mental health benefits.