The day you bring a puppy home is a big day for both of you. The puppy is leaving its mom and littermates. You are rearranging things in your home for a new resident and taking a large responsibility of raising a pet.
Puppies are without a doubt cute, but don’t let their face fool you, they are a lot of work.
Raising a puppy is similar to being a parent to a child. When you leave to pick up a puppy, bring some towels with you, both regular ones and paper ones, in case the puppy gets carsick. It is also to have someone holding the puppy, which is why you don’t want to go alone.
The puppy is not a toy, so don’t let your children fight over it. You want to lay down the ground rules both for the puppy and the members of your family, including your children. Insist on respectful and gentle treatment of your new family member. If the puppy makes a mess, don’t get upset. Clean up and move on.
When naming a dog, avoid names that resemble obedience commands. For example, Sitka is a bad name from this perspective. Ideally, choose a short name that is easy to pronounce but that has at least two syllables. Picking a non-human name reinforces the idea that your dog is a pet and not a person. If you don’t have any ideas, start with name books. Also check out atlases, special dictionaries, and books on your favorite subjects, be it baseball, gardening or music. Don’t scream the name of your puppy. For your puppy to love its name, it needs to have positive associations with it.
The American Kennel Club gives you 28 letters and spaces for the registered name of your pet, so you can get fancy with the official name if you like.