The big day is here! You’re finally taking home your new fur-baby. I’m so excited for you on your new addition! If you haven’t had a chance to prepare ahead of time though, I encourage you to check out the first post of this series, which has a great list of things to grab from the store on your way home to make your pup feel at home when they arrive.
Whether you’re bringing your puppy home from a breeder, a shelter, or have a short or long distance to travel, there are some things you can do to help their transition. Remember, they’re leaving a place where they were probably very comfortable (at least I hope so). If you are bringing them home from a breeder, they’re leaving their mama and their litter-mates (their very best friends) and the place they’ve known for the last however many weeks for their first time. When we got in the car with Nash, he cried…then I cried. Because it was such a sad moment. It just broke my heart because I wanted to comfort him, but I’m sure he was scared and so unsure of what was happening.
In my personal opinion, with this being a huge transition for them, I suggest 2 people to make the drive home, not the entire family with excited kiddos. Have someone driving and have one person there to hold your new pup. Again, slow transitions in these early moments (in my opinion) are the best.
On the way home, your pup may cry and the majority of puppies can sometimes get car sick (even if they have had practice in the car before coming home). Car sickness in puppies is super common. Be prepared to snuggle them tight and have some paper towels and trash bags handy, no matter how far you’re traveling. We only traveled about 30 minutes and Nash puked in my hands the moment we pulled into our driveway. It was that moment, when I happily caught his puke, that I knew I was ready to be his mama. Haha! #sorryTMI
WHAT TO BRING FOR THE RIDE HOME
- Old towels
- Paper towels
- Trash bags
- Wet wipes
- Leash/collar (if you have one), even though you’ll probably just hold them the whole way
- Soft, comforting toy
- LOTS of love and snuggles
What are some things you found helpful for your pup on your drive home? Or maybe you didn’t drive, maybe you flew home! How was that?
Here’s a short clip of our first drive home with Nash!