Puppy-proof your home by removing hazards, securing cords/plants, and blocking off unsafe areas.
Set up a crate, pen area, and dog-safe room to contain your new pup when you can't supervise
Stock up on food bowls, bed, collar/leash, toys, cleaning supplies, medication, and more puppy necessities.
Create a consistent schedule for feeding, potty breaks, training, exercise, and sleep.
Find a vet, schedule first puppy checkup and vaccinations, and discuss spay/neuter timeline.
Decide on training approach and gather supplies like treats and chews for positive reinforcement.
Program numbers for emergency vet, trainer, sitter, and walker contacts into your phone.