You’ve just came home with your new friend.
On the first day, everyone in the household should agree on what behaviors to reinforce and discourage. Things may change as you learn about your puppy’s strengths and weaknesses, but you must start somewhere.
One of the first things you should do with your puppy is show them around the house. Leash them, and take them from room to room. Don’t speak during this besides simple sounds and gestures. Your puppy is a little overwhelmed at their new environment right now.
A daily routine for your puppy is important to establish, especially during these first days. Your puppy should be fed at consistent times each day. Twice a day is common, but if your household’s schedule allows for it, feeding your puppy a smaller portion three or even four times a day is beneficial. Also, schedule a time specifically for training. A lot of the training should be focused on learning new skills, but a portion of time should also focus on correcting any bad behaviors, hopefully finding a way to use positive reinforcement to do so. The training will be adjusted as you learn your puppy’s strengths and weaknesses.
Here is an example routine:
9am – Morning Potty
9:15am – Breakfast
9:45am – Post Breakfast Potty
11:30am – Playtime
12:30pm – Lunch
1pm – Potty
1:10pm – Playtime
5pm-6pm – Puppy Training
6pm – Dinner
6:30pm – Post Dinner Potty
9pm – Evening Potty, then bedtime.
Adjust the schedule to your needs. Obviously, some will have more time for their puppy than others. Some of these things will be covered in detail on later days.
Especially at first, your puppy will need to use the bathroom a lot more frequently than what is listed in this example schedule.