When introducing a puppy or new dog to your home you are going to need some basic equipment including a bed, identity tags, a grooming kit, collar and leash, food bowls and plenty of different appealing chew toys. When the puppy first comes home keep it confined to one room and let it get used to his surroundings with ample access to fresh food and water, toys and a comfortable bed.
Always make sure that your home is safe for the puppy and that you have removed any breakable or chewable items and that things like electric cable are out of reach and cannot be gnawed or tripped over.
A young dog should be introduced to family members, especially children and other pets, gradually. All introductions should be done as quietly and calmly as possible so that the new addition doesn’t feel overwhelmed by rowdy play, noise or over-enthusiastic attention.
If you have a garden or yard then this is going to be a great joy to your new pet, however you need to ensure that it has been adequately dog-proofed. Probably the biggest risk is that your dog will escape. To avoid this make sure that you have sturdy fencing, gate and latches and that there are no gaps under and around hedges. If you have any garden chemicals make sure that they are locked away safely and that you do not use any weedkiller or sprays on the grass. You should also be aware that some plants are toxic to dogs and you must do your research to ensure that everything in your garden is safe.
Settling your puppy or new dog into your home will take time and patience. Over the weeks ahead you will need to housetrain and gradually start to obedience train and socialize him. Consistency is key in the days and weeks ahead and with commitment you will have a well adjusted and well mannered addition to the household.