So, you have read What To Do When You Bring Your Puppy Home? Part 1 and you know why and when is the best time to bring your new puppy home and you ticked off your shopping list and you are ready.
The Car Ride
So, once you have picked your new puppy up, your journey is going to start with the car. Car journey’s can be very stressful for a young puppy. The noise, vibration and motion of the car can be very off putting for your new pup and if they develop a phobia for travelling in the car early on then this will follow them for the rest of their lives. You don’t want to put your new puppy in a travel crate or cage when taking them home for the first time, especially if this isn’t something they are used to. Instead either yourself or someone else should hold them and comfort them. Talking to and distracting them on the journey home will be the best way to get your puppy home.
Get your puppy to relive themselves before getting it to the car, this way will help prevent any accidents on the way home. Also, if you have a long journey you need to stop of regular to give them a break and allow them to go again, but rest areas and motorway garages won’t be the best as they will be frequented with other dogs who may pass on diseases to your young and vulnerable puppy, not to mention the noise and busy environment could be very scary.
In The House
When you have your puppy home, again try and get them to do their business before you go in the house. Once you are ready to let them in, don’t give them the full run of the house. You don’t want to do this until they are older, potty trained and not be chewing at everything interesting and tasty.
Ideally separate and area within the family area for you puppy to be in, set up a little play den for them, with their crate in if you are going crate train them. If it is the family area then you puppy won’t feel isolated in this area and whine and cry when left alone, they will still be able to see you.
I would recommend having a few days off from work during your puppy’s first week at home. It gives you an ideal time to bond with your new puppy, start the training and not to leave them alone and isolated. It will also help you due to the loss of sleep you will encounter during these first few days.
Start puppy training as soon as you get them home, there is no time to waste. Have a potty area, same as the breeder had that you puppy knows is his place to go. If you use a den and have the potty area somewhere different this is a great way to train your puppy by taking them to the potty area when they need to do their business. This can speed up the house training process. Begin the crate training straight away get your puppy used to going in his crate and happy to be there. Remember to be patient with your new puppy. This is their first time away from their mother and littermates, they are going to be scared, nervous and confused. You must be patient with them and sympathetic.
If you have young children who aren’t used to puppies, you need to introduce them to the puppy gradually and teach them the rules to handling and playing with a puppy, spend a few days together teaching them this and when to leave your puppy to rest and sleep. They need to respect your puppy and treat them with care so playtime is fun. Remember no small children should be left alone with a puppy or dog.
Again as you want to start training your puppy as soon as they are home this also means, socialising them as soon as possible. You will want them to interact with children, adults, other dogs. All this training will serve them better for a better behaved adult dog. Don’t overwhelm them with socialising and have everyone come over all at once but do have visitors and take your puppy out. It is best to carry your puppy everywhere until they have had their 2nd injection, usually around the 10-12-week mark, they can very easily catch diseases before this time. Interacting with other dogs is best done in their home, as long as they are fully up to date with vaccinations and dog friendly. Again this is training for your dog, don’t overdo it and scare them.
As mentioned in the last post, you should have contacted your new vet about your puppy and arranged to take them for a health check and your puppies records sent over. If you haven’t done so, arrange that for this week. It is the best time to get you puppy checked so you know everything is o.k with them and arrange when their injections and worming schedule is arranged.
Your Puppy’s First Night
On your puppy’s first night this is where they are going to feel most vulnerable and isolated. The best way to stop this is to keep them company during the first few nights until they are used to their new home.
Some people will lock their puppy away, well away from ear shot so they can get some sleep but that is not ideal for your dog, will make them feel even more lonely and hate their crate or den even more as they will feel like you are locking them away from everything and they will be dying to get out. Although you won’t hear they cries, they will go on constantly through the night and it will lead to separation anxiety when your puppy is older and they are left home alone.
A lot of trainers and authors will recommend moving your puppies sleeping area to your bedroom or just outside, however, if you don’t plan on keeping it there it is not something I would advise. I think it would be best to get your puppy to sleep where you want them to sleep from the very beginning.
If you have their bedding area in the family room or with in view of the family room, sleep on the settee for a few nights until they settle. If you allow them to sleep in your room or on your bed they will think that is where they will always sleep and that can be a problem which is hard to get away from.
Before bed it is the best idea to get them to do their business before they go to sleep, allow them out and get them to relive themselves. They will probably cry and whine at first when they go to bed but it is best to just ignore this, if they can see you they will feel safe and they will soon realise they won’t get their way by constantly crying. If, however, they wake up in the middle of the night and cry and whine, it is best to allow them out to do their business, puppies can usually only hold it for 4 hours before needing to go to the toilet so this will happen through the night. Again wait for them to stop crying before opening the crate door, it leads to good practice for the future.
It will be tough night for you and your puppy, but with a little bit of training, reading books and patience you will get through it and it will lead to a great friendship with you and your puppy.
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