I would like to formally welcome you to joining the Dog-Owning Community! Becoming the parent of a dog is a very important commitment. They require a lot of attention, love, and care to keep smiles on their faces! Thankfully, showing them that love and attention is one of the best parts!
If you haven’t done so yet, make sure to bring your little pup up to date with their shots especially before exposing him/her to other dogs. Also be sure to puppy-proof your home before bringing the little fur baby in. For example, remove every thing your dog could possibly ingest that is harmful. You might also want to put away your shoes and other chewable items, because once your pup starts teething, he/she will want to rip into everything to soothe the pain.
Once your pup is cleared for adventure(All Shots and maybe even a few training classes) it is important to start building his social skills. Like humans, Dogs must learn to be interactive and get along with other dogs in the earlier stages of their lives. Around one month to four months you may want to bring your dog to parks and on walks frequently! This early exposure to interaction will build your dog’s social skills with other dogs and people. Also note that while taking your dog(s) on walks do not forget to use harnesses and approved leashes. For more information refer to the Dogs That Pull While Walking post.
Lastly, I wish you & your new furry friend the best adventures a dog can find!