I put together a number of items that should be considered/looked at when a puppy gets home. These items are culled from a couple of website, and may not be complete for the basenji in particular. Feel free to add on if you see fit. At this time of the year a number of folks will be getting puppies, so I thought something like this might be useful.
The list is long - sorry about that, but there is lots to think about.
PUPPY PROOF YOUR HOME
Put up barricades or baby gates across areas where the puppy isn't allowed.
Close doors, cabinets, and drawers to rooms or storage spaces where pup could get into trouble.
Spray a repellent, such as Bitter Apple on objects such as chair legs, that cannot be placed out of harm's way
Houseplants, some of which are poisonous, including the dead leaves. Check with your vet or green house before adding new plants;
Crayons, pens, pencils, paper clips, pins, tacks, staples
Books, magazines, mail, newspapers, important documents
Money, paper or coin, checks
Electrical cords or wires
Telephone cords, computer cables
Drawstrings from draperies or blinds
Television and other remotes controls
Knick-knacks, figurines, or collectibles, heavy items like lamps that can get pulled down or knocked over
Firewood or debris from fireplaces
Pillows, fabric arm covers, afghans or throws
Candles, potpourri, air fresheners
Food, candy dishes, food crumbs, bones or discarded cooking items
Ovens, cook tops or hot pans
Puppy's food and treats (can overeat and get ill or bloat)
Trash compactor, garbage and trash cans or bags
Paper towels and napkins, clean or dirty
Tissues or toilet paper
Bed and bath linens
Clothing, gloves, hats, shoes, dirty laundry
Jewellery, combs, toothbrushes, hair ribbons or pins
Medications, drugs, toiletries, cosmetics
Cleaning items, rags, sponges, household chemicals, detergents
Sporting equipment, hunting or fishing gear, craft-working items
Tools, nails, string, fasteners, glue.
Check fencing for weak or broken areas where puppy could escape. Lock fence gates.
Do not let puppy near a swimming pool or pond where he could fall in and drown.
Many outdoor plants, flowers and shrubs are poisonous. Plant only in gardens where puppy will not be permitted. Check with a veterinarian or landscaper about what plants to avoid. Also, don't let puppy eat his way through your vegetable garden.
Don't use fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides on the ground in puppy's area if possible. If these chemicals must be used, keep the pup off the lawn for at least 48 hours afterwards. Check with your vet before allowing puppy back into a treated yard.
Leave puppy in the house while working on the lawn. Put away all gardening tools, such as hoses and rakes, when finished using them.
Keep puppy's potty area clean -- scoop the poop daily!
Always watch puppy when he is playing outdoors and inside.
As soon as puppy arrives, show him where his "potty area" will be and allow him time to eliminate and stretch his legs.
Bring him inside to his crate for some quiet time. While he's in his crate, puppy can look around and start to check out his surroundings.
Do not overwhelm puppy immediately with too many new people, pets or strange situations. Talk to puppy and try to sooth any fears he may have.
After a brief nap, let puppy out for a potty break and some supervised playtime and petting.
If it's time, feed the puppy, take him out again, then let him go back into his crate.
As the day passes, introduce puppy gradually to his new home and family.
Stick to a familiar routine, show him he is welcome and puppy will begin to settle happily into your household.
INTRODUCE YOUR PETS TO THE PUPPY
If there is more than one other pet at home, introduce the puppy to them one at a time, beginning with the alpha (head) dog or cat.
Introduce them first through the crate, allowing them to see and smell each other.
After a few days, let them meet without the crate between them, but have one person hold or restrain each animal.
Hold introductions in a neutral space if possible, such as in the yard or family room.
Don't do introductions at meal time and always separate when feeding.
Each pet must have their own food and water bowls, bed, toys and crate or space.
Show the existing pets that they will still get sufficient food, and still have their own possessions that the new puppy may not have.
Keep the puppy and other pets separated until they accept each other's presence.
ALWAYS supervise all contact until their relationship is reliable and they get along well.
The adjustment will not happen overnight. Give the animals sufficient time to accept each other. Introductions should be done slowly, over a period of at least one to two weeks.
Let the existing pets know the new member of the "pack" is here to stay and should be accepted.
Let the puppy know he is the new kid on the block and should learn to become part of the pack.
Give sufficient attention, first, to older pets, then to the new puppy.
Owner should continue to support the existing hierarchy of the pack prior to pup's arrival, but don't show favouritism to one animal over another.
When old and new pets can be together (supervised of course), play as a group and show them that they can have a good time as a larger pack.
Some puppies may cry throughout the night because they miss their old home and litter mates.
It's best to keep puppy's crate next to your bed for the first week or two.
Put a safe chew toy and a familiar smelling towel or blanket from puppy's first home into his crate.
If possible, hang your arm over the bed so that puppy can lick your fingers or smell your scent until he falls asleep.
In cases where puppy has to sleep in a room away from you, a night light and a ticking clock or soft music may help him to sleep better.
Most puppies will need to be taken outside during the night, and again early in the morning to eliminate.
PREPARING FOR THE FIRST VET VISIT
Bring the following:
Medical records, including vaccination history, and health care instructions that came with the puppy
Any medications the puppy is currently taking
A fresh stool sample
The name of or ingredients found in puppy's food
Information on where and how your puppy was born and raised
A list of questions to ask or issues to discuss.
PUPPY PREP KIT
Books about breed information, home-medical reference for dogs, puppy care and training, dog behaviour
Food , food and water bowls (two sets), food storage containers
Crate, crate padding or bed -- possibly use old blankets or towels
Toys, chew toys
Puppy collar and leash, identification tag
Healthy, bite-sized treats for training and rewards
Baby gate; possibly an exercise pen
Sweater if the puppy is a short-haired or hairless breed and the weather is cold
Cleaners, disinfectants, odor neutralizer, air freshener
Pooper -scooper tools, large outdoor garbage bags, old newspapers
Paper towels, small indoor garbage bags
Puppy-resistant, indoor trash cans
Grooming equipment, such as comb or brush suited for puppies fur type; towels for drying puppy if he gets wet outdoors
A box or container for storing puppy's toys or supplies when not in use
When you travel to pick up your puppy, or even when transporting him to and from the vet's, it's a good idea to carry a bag of dog-related supplies with you. These could include:
Water, water bowl, light snack (healthy treats or small serving of his regular food)
Paper towels, carpet cleaner, sandwich bags (for solid messes), plastic bags for disposing of soiled towels or pooper scooper bags, waterless shampoo (rinse-free) for emergency cleanup if puppy gets carsick and vomits on himself, air freshener spray.
Identification papers and tag; health and shot records if crossing state or country borders.
Extra leash and puppy collar.
Blanket and chew toy for crate.
NORMAL PUPPY BEHAVIOR
Mouthing or chewing
Talking" or vocalizing during play
May be cautious but curious; may remove objects from cabinets, closets, trash
Being active, energetic
Avoiding direct eye contact except briefly
Easily distracted, short attention span
Wants to play with everything and anything
Pawing, batting at or pouncing on toys or people
Barking, whining, mild crying
Rolling over on back
Jumping up on people
Wants to be near you, follows you or wants to touch you while resting
Chewing on whatever is in sight, furniture, clothes, books
Sleep patterns: may be frequent, at odd times, and may twitch during sleep
Rolling in smelly objects, such as rabbit droppings
Has to urinate every time he drinks, sleeps, wakes up, plays or goes out.
Biting, snapping or attempting to bite people (and most pets)
Overly shy or fearful; may hide in corner, under furniture or stay in crate
Maintaining eye contact in intimidating manner
Unable to concentrate or focus attention even briefly
Overly possessive of food, toys or bed
Attacking other people or other pets in a non-playful or threatening manner
Excessive or repetitious barking or crying
Cowering and cringing
"Clinginess," afraid to let owner out of sight
SOMEWHAT NORMAL BUT MAY INDICATE HEALTH PROBLEM
Eating or licking feces or vomits
Excessive circling, head shaking, staring at nothing