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The day has finally arrived and you bring your new puppy or pooch home! Regardless of whether it came from a breeder, a store, a rescue, a shelter, or off the street, you may feel overwhelmed by the possible next steps to take when your dog arrives home. It is especially intimidating for new dog owners who have never had a dog before. Our veterinarians in Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, and the Ukrainian Village areas want to help you make the transition as easy as possible! Here are some tips to keep in mind after you pick up your puppy:

A Puppy’s First Car Ride

Did you know that puppies can get car sick? Even adult dogs can get carsick. Make sure you bring paper towels, newspaper, and other cleaning supplies with you, in the likely case an accident happens. Energetic puppy? It is also important to have someone else in the car who will be spending much playtime and care for the puppy since the bonding process will begin right away. An active, energized puppy should either be safely held or put into a crate to ensure it isn’t moving around during the car ride home. And watch those windows! A dog seeking freedom through the open window of a moving car won’t find that same freedom they were seeking.

When You Get Home With Your Puppy

Unless it’s an older dog simply happy to sleep in a quiet, safe home, your new puppy will likely have a lot of energy. Exercise is essential, but so is sleep. This is an important part of their health and wellbeing. Use positive reinforcement for potty training and know that they often need to go after waking up, after they eat, and after playtime.

Set Up an Appointment With Our Veterinarians

We want to begin building a relationship with your puppy or pooch as soon as you bring it home! Schedule an appointment with our vets to ensure your dog is properly taken care of: vaccines, fecal tests, dewormings, preventatives, supplements, and spaying or neutering.

Congratulations! We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family!