1. Do Your Research
4. Train, train, train.. and socialize if possible
The first few days (or even months) at your home will be tough for your new pet whether it comes from a shelter or it is leaving its dog mom. It will take time for your new pet to relax into its new environment and to trust you as his/her caretaker. Be patient and practice positive reinforcement to teach your dog the house rules and how you expect it to behave.