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So You Just Adopted a Puppy – Here's What to Expect

So, you’ve decided to adopt a puppy! Your future best friend will change your life in all the best ways, but there will be some growing pains, frustrations, and moments where you’ll feel overwhelmed.

We’re here to encourage you that this is normal and that every phase of puppyhood is just that—a phase. When you’re in a challenging phase, remind yourself that this, too, shall pass.

What to Expect Post-Puppy Adoption

As you help your puppy adjust to their new home, here’s what you can expect along the way.


Similar to establishing sleep habits with a newborn baby, establishing habits with a puppy can be difficult. After all, your puppy may be missing his siblings and mother. He’s also surrounded by new sights and smells and may not have fully attached to you yet.

Even if your puppy adjusts quickly to sleeping in his designated area, you will need to wake him up during the night so he can go potty (until he can hold it all night).


The first few weeks after bringing your puppy home are critical to setting the tone for their behavior and how they acclimate to your home. You can help the puppy learn its place in the family dynamic by creating a daily routine to follow so they know what to expect.

Don’t forget — puppies are silly, playful, affectionate, and fun! They’re just learning how to behave in a new environment, so be sure to have plenty of patience and don’t expect them to be well-behaved from the start.

You’ll probably want to enroll them in a puppy obedience class (once they have all the necessary shots) and plan play dates to begin socializing them with other dogs and people.

Potty training is also a necessary step once you bring your puppy home so they don’t destroy your house and floors. Many dog owners swear by crate and bell training as it teaches the dog confidence as they grow up.

Meal Times

If you have other dogs, you may want to feed the puppy separately from them so he can focus on the task at hand.

Puppies eat more often than adult dogs do, depending on breed and their activity level. Spend a few days getting your pup acclimated to the eating schedule before you bring the other dogs into the fold.


Prepare your home for your puppy’s arrival by ensuring you have all the appropriate supplies, toys, age-appropriate food, and healthy treats to welcome him home. Don’t forget food and water bowls, a comfy bed, a secure collar, and an ID tag.

If you’re planning to crate train, have the crate ready before your puppy gets home. Introduce the crate as a safe place where the puppy can retreat, rest, and spend time alone.

When a puppy has his own space, toys, food, and a cozy bed to relax in, acclimating will be easier, and he will quickly feel right at home.

Adopt a Puppy for Instant Bliss

Adoptable puppies are some of the most adorable creatures on the planet. They require patience, hard work, love, and energy, but watching a puppy grow into a loving, joyful dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

The challenges and joys of puppy parenthood are endless and unique to every family. Just know that your life will never be boring, and you’ll always have a best friend by your side.

Get Professional Puppy Support from Get Joy

At Get Joy, we know how special the puppy phase can be, even when it is challenging. We are your one-stop shop for all things related to dog health and wellness, whether you’re looking for nutritious meals, dog wellness resources, or an on-demand virtual vet service. Whatever you need for your loyal companion, we’ve got you covered.

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