If you are about to collect your new puppy from their existing home, there are a few things to consider to make sure the introduction into your home is successful. Your puppy will undoubtedly be feeling incredibly nervous, so your ultimate goal will be to reassure them as much as possible. Moving away from their mother and the rest of the litter will be a massive shock and adjusting to their new life and family will take a little while. However, dogs do adapt to change fairly easily and relatively quickly. We have come up with a guide on successfully bringing home a new puppy to ensure the transition process is a triumph for both you and the dog.
Bringing Home a New Puppy: Prior to Arrival
Make sure to have fully puppy-proofed your home before you set off to collect the new member. Ensure that you have installed sufficient dog gates and guards to prevent the chance of your new puppy escaping. Remove all dangerous or valuable items that could harm or be harmed by the new arrival. Make sure electric cables, small choke-able items and poisonous plants are all safely out of your puppy’s eyesight. If you need some advice on how to effectively puppy-proof your home, then take a read of this guide for more information.
There are a few items you must remember to take with you when you visit the breeder to collect your new puppy. A comfortable dog carrier is essential and the safest way to transport the puppy home. Include a soft blanket in the crate to make the journey as cosy and enjoyable as possible. You could ask the breeder to take home a blanket or comforter from his previous home so that he can smell a familiar scent. If you know that the drive is over an hour, then make sure to take some dog food and water. If the drive is less than an hour, still make sure to pack a sufficient amount of water; you may break down on the journey and be isolated without water for a lengthy amount of time.
Arrival of the Puppy
Once you have successfully transported your puppy home, there are some points to consider in order to keep the new puppy as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Try to minimise their exposure to loud noises that have the potential to scare him or her. Make sure he is aware of where his bed, food and water is kept and let him adjust and explore the new scenery. If you can sense him getting agitated or nervous, do not overly fuss him and postpone cuddle time.
Make sure to let him sleep as much as he needs and avoid getting him to the point where he is excessively tired. If you have young children in the house, make sure they are aware they should not wake the new puppy up under any circumstances. Puppies know when they need to sleep and how much they require, so it is essential they are not disturbed.
Slowly introduce your puppy to the household; the rooms, the contents within in it, and the members living there. If you have decided the puppy will not be allowed upstairs, avoid showing it to him; eventually, he will be curious enough to want to look, and by that point, you will be able to apply rules. For the time being, keep the doors shut to the rooms you want to prevent him from living in.
Introducing the puppy to children is a delicate situation that should be handled carefully. Both children and puppy can easily get overexcited which can result in a misunderstanding, placing both parties on the defensive. Between 8 and 10 weeks is when a puppy is in its most fearful period. It is essential to encourage patient interactions and put a stop to play if either the child or the dog begins to get over-excitable. Children are great at copying so make sure to model the way you want your children to approach the puppy. Include your children on dog walks and teach the puppy to follow and obey the child’s lead. They should respect your child as much as they respect you. Early lessons will strengthen a healthy owner-dog relationship. For a month in-depth guide on how to introduce children and puppies successfully, then take a read of this article.
It is a good idea to start housetraining early enough so that it is not an additional shock to the puppy in the future. The very few weeks of living in their new home will be overwhelming, but it is necessary to set ground rules and begin the process of puppy training. So not to scare the new puppy, avoid telling him off, but rather ignore undesirable behaviour so that they are aware not to do it next time. Remember to take him or her outside every half an hour as well as after every meal and encourage them with praise and treats. Your puppy will also need to be let outside during the night throughout their first few days of housetraining, so make sure to set an alarm every 2 to three hours so that they have the opportunity to relieve themselves. This will help initiate how you want your puppy to behave all the time eventually.
Maintain a Routine
Initially, your puppy should continue to sleep in the crate so that they do not have full access to the house at night when unattended. However, when they have outgrown the crate, make sure to keep their bed, bowl and food in the same place. Dogs enjoy routine, so they appreciate being fed and walked at the same time every day. If you do not feel a routine will fit in with your lifestyle, make sure not to set a routine in the beginning; this will just cause distress in the long run. Instead, make sure to randomise dinner times and walks every day so that it is impossible for he or she to get used to a routine. However, allowing them to maintain a routine helps them to become familiar in the first few weeks.
We hope this guide has provided some useful insight into how to successfully bring a new puppy home. Because your puppy will naturally be very nervous, the key is to ensure they feel safe and secure in their new home. If you are looking for a new puppy, then we at Desirabullz provide dogs and puppies for sale in Milton Keynes. If you have enjoyed this article, why not give it a share on your social media?