Check with your vet to find out when he gives the first inoculations (usually 8 and 10 weeks, but this can vary from vet to vet).  He will give your puppy a thorough examination when he goes for his first inoculation if you did not visit within the first 24 hours of buying him.  It is not a good idea to let your puppy come into contact with any other animals in the surgery so keep him on your lap while waiting.  Don't forget to carry him from home to the car and from the car to the surgery.

 Also check with your vet when you can take your puppy out but until then he should stay in your enclosed garden as he will be susceptible to diseases.

Puppies sleep a lot in the first few weeks and it is important that they are allowed to sleep undisturbed.  If you have small children, please make sure that they understand that they must allow the puppy to sleep in peace – he is not a toy! 

Puppies change their milk teeth at about 4 months and like babies they have sore gums and can sometimes be slightly off colour.  Their milk teeth are incredibly sharp and children need to be aware of this, otherwise they might get hurt when playing.

To train your puppy, you must start as you mean to go on.  If you do not wish him to get on the furniture, then you must make it clear from day one.  It is not a good idea to let your puppy to climb up or down the stairs as he can injure himself and if he does it too often it may lead to problems later on with hips.  Just use a firm voice and one word ‘NO’.  It is advisable to use a limited vocabulary to start with.  Chose a few words initially and use them each time.  This will avoid confusion and help with your puppy’s understanding, i.e. No, Come, Sit are good ones to start with.

It is useful to have his bedding ready for when you get him home. Also it is important to have the food he is used to so you don't have to make a sudden change, which may upset his stomach.

Don't be tempted to have lots of friends come and visit him but allow time for you to get to know each other.