When helping a new puppy settle in, pet owners should make sure to have appropriate amounts of food, a bed, a play pen, collar, and toys ready before the pet arrives. These items will help the puppy feel more at ease in a strange new environment. Many of these things will become fixtures in the dog's life, so it is important to make sure they become familiar quickly. Similarly, a puppy should be introduced to family and friends quickly, as well as to other visitors, though the animal should retain control over these social interactions. Avoid forcing a shy puppy to socialize.
Start basic training, including toilet training, early. Puppies need to get used to going outside to relieve themselves early, and should not be punished for early failures.
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