a new puppy home– making it stress free
home a new puppy is a fun experience but if you are not prpared it can
also be very stressful both for you and the puppy.
Your puppy has been taken away from his mother, probably brothers and
sisters and an environment he has just got used to and now finds himself
in totally new surroundings with a new group of people and all the new
and different sights, sounds and smells that will be involved.
You will probably bring your puppy home by car, try to make the journey
as pleasant as possible, it is probably your puppies first experience
of travelling and he will need you to be calm and reassuring. It is
usually best if you are the passenger, this first time, enabling you
to hold your puppy on a blanket, it would be a good idea if the puppy
is familiar with the blanket so try leaving it with the breeder some
days before you pick up the puppy. It would also be a good if he has
not had a meal to close to travelling.
On arrival home first take your puppy to the area you would like to
designate the toilet area (garden, yard or litter-tray). Bring the puppy
back in to room you would like him to think of as his initially, then
try giving a small meal and drink then try the toilet again. if he does
need to go reward him with a treat and praise.
Your home should ideally be quiet and calming for the first few days,
if you have children don't let them get too excited and immediately
play with the puppy (there will be plenty of time for that later), his
area should have some form of bed or bedding and toys for him to play
with. Let him explore this new area and try to be part of this, making
him feel included and part of a new "pack", however try not
to be to fussy with him and avoid any "over comforting" if
he seems stressful, puppies soon learn that their actions bring a reaction
Your puppies bed should be somewhere you have designated as his sleeping
area, it should be warm comfortable and free of draughts. Getting your
puppy to sleep overnight can initially be very stressful and you may
need to be firm for a few nights to get him used to the idea, try leaving
a ticking clock near his bed or even a radio on quietly overnight.
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