From the journey to puppy’s first night at their new home there may seem like a lot of planning is needed so we have put together a little information to take the stress away allowing you to concentrate on being the best puppy parent you can be.
The Journey Home
We recommend having the puppy with you on your knee so that you can reassure them, do be prepared though. Excitement and/or nerves can sometimes cause a little sickness or weeing so have a supply of tissues or wet wipes just in case! We provide you with a few things to try to make the journey a little smoother – A blanket they have used that will still have some of the scent of their mother to help with the transition of home space, some branded puppy food that they have been used to eating, a toy alongside all the necessary paperwork.
This can be a stressful time for your newest family member, a new environment without their siblings or mother. Make sure beforehand that the areas you are letting them into have no hazards that the puppy may chew or swallow. Cleaning products, medicines, electrical items etc. are all things they will eat without thinking of the consequences. Most people would use the kitchen or utility room for the first few nights allowing for an easier clean up if necessary. The ideal time to bring home a new puppy is when the house is quiet, establish a daily routine and follow these steps:
- Before bringing him in the house, take him to the designated potty area in your garden and spend a few minutes there. If he goes, praise him. Be sure to take him to this spot each time he potties.
- Take them to the room with their crate. This restricted area will serve as his new safe zone for several days. Put bedding and chew toys in the crate, leave the door open, and line the area outside of the crate with newspaper in case of an accident. Let him investigate the crate and the room. If he chews or urinates on his bedding, permanently remove it from the crate.
- Observe and interact with your puppy while he’s getting used to his new den. This will help forge a pack mentality and establish you as the pack leader.
- Have fun! Enjoy your time together.
Supplies you should consider stocking up on
Before you bring your puppy home, be sure you have the following supplies:
- Premium pet food to get your new puppy off to a good start – We have included some to get you started.
- Stainless steel, non-tip food and water bowls (Stainless won’t break and reduce unwanted odours)
- Identification tags with your name and phone number on, alternatively your vet’s name and phone number
- A collar ( DO please consider using a “breakaway” collar with plastic clips that will unsnap in case your puppy gets stuck somewhere)
- A home and travel crate that will accommodate your puppy’s adult size. This crate will serve as your puppy’s new safe area at home and when travelling. Their scent in the crate will provide comfort and a sense of security during these stressful times.
- Brushes and combs suited to your puppy’s coat, we can help with this if needed.
- Dog shampoo.
- High-quality, safe chew toys to ease teething (Ones that squeek or whistle could pose choking hazards so please choose wisely)
- Flea, tick, and parasite controls
- Nail clippers
- Treats (The most important one in their eyes)
Special Puppy Concerns
Don’t treat a puppy as young as 6 to 12 weeks like an adult dog. Treat him the same way you would an toddler, with patience, constant supervision, and a gentle touch. The way you interact with your puppy at this age is critical to them becoming well balanced and loving. These tips will help with that:
- Don’t bring home a puppy if you’re not going to be there initially. You want to be able to spend a lot of time with him so you can acclimate them to your normal, daily routine.
- Supervise your puppy at all times and interact with them regularly.
- Be alert for signs (sniffing and circling) that he has to go to the bathroom, and take them outside immediately.
- A young puppy has no bladder control, and will need to urinate immediately after eating, drinking, sleeping, or playing. At night, he will need to relieve himself at least every three hours.
- Don’t punish an accident. Never push their nose in the waste or scold him. They won’t understand, and may learn to go to the bathroom when you’re out of sight.
- Praise your puppy every time they goes to the bathroom outside.
- Feed your puppy a formula designed for puppies. Like a baby, they needs nutritious, highly digestible food.
Children and Pets
Ideally, your kids should help you choose your puppy. When you bring them home, don’t let them play with them constantly. Puppies need a lot of rest, just like a growing child. Limit puppy-children play sessions to 15- to 30-minute periods.
- Young children might be tempted to shout at a puppy if they think they’re doing something wrong. Be sure kids understand that puppies and dogs can be easily upset and startled by loud noises.
- No teasing. Keeping a toy just out of reach will reinforce bad habits such as jumping up and excessive barking.
- Wagging tails and play biting can be too rough for young children. Supervise puppy-child interactions and separate them if the play is too rough.
- Teach kids to care for a dog by showing them how to feed and groom them.
If there is anything you are unsure of or have any questions about then do please just get in touch.