Prepare before the puppy’s arrival. Go to a local pet store that you trust and make sure to get good food, plenty of treats and toys to keep your puppy occupied. Many stores will have checklists of things to get when bringing a new puppy home.
Prep your house. Puppies will generally need training early and often as they adjust to your new home. Don’t leave anything dangerous or invaluable to you out for the puppy to get into.
Consider socialization early and often. As soon as your puppy is vaccinated, start bringing your puppy around lots of people and other (friendly) dogs to let him get used to and enjoy the company of others. Also, it is great to consider a puppy socialization class where your puppy can not only learn basic training but how to play well with others. Groups like Bravo Pup meet up often and give owners an easy and fun way to socialize their pet.
Establish a relationship with a veterinarian as soon as you can so you have quality health care ensured for any checkups you will need down the road. Many online resources are available to lead you in the direction of a good vet.
Enjoy the good life of puppy licks, long walks and hikes, and a partner who will love you unconditionally and add years to your life. Keep your puppy well fed, well exercised, and sheltered and he, in turn, will be forever your friend.