Life with Your New Puppy – the First 24 hours

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Getting a new puppy is not something that happens every month or even every year.  You may have brought a new puppy into your home before, but that may have been years ago, and it is difficult to remember exactly what happened in the first few days and weeks of your pup’s new life with you.  This article is to remind you of some of the most important things that need to happen.

Before Your Pup Arrives.

These are a few things that can be attended to before your pup arrives so that you’re not rushing around organising things at the last minute.

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Harness and Lead (2 metres)  
Bed  
Bowls  
Food  
Crate  
Poo bags  
Pee pads  
Baby gates or barriers, if necessary  
ID tag  
Chew toys  
Chase toys  
Tiny Training treats  
Brush  
Shampoo  
Enzyme spray and carpet cleaner  
Check that your home is puppy safe  
Check that your vet’s number is on speed dial  
Book your pup into a puppy class  
Puppy proof your home and create a “safe puppy zone”.  

The First 24 hours

Make sure that there is always someone with the pup during this first period.  Start now to create a bond by keeping the pup close during this time.

Start toilet training right away.  When you arrive home from fetching your pup and before you go inside allow pup some time out of doors to eliminate. Praise and make a fuss when she does.  Check out this link to help with toilet training over the next weeks.

https://youtu.be/xpzjtHPQpOk.  Set up a toilet schedule.

Allow her to explore in her own time, with supervision, her new home.  Place barriers at the top or bottom of stairs and in areas that you want to keep her out of.  If she is at all nervous or anxious about anything let her habituate in her own time.

Encourage a voluntary approach

Keep her first experience of her new home as calm as possible.  This means that you will have to delay having friends around to admire your new pup for a day or two – but puppies habituate to new environments very quickly so by Day 2 you should be able to start introducing her to people outside your family.  All these experiences should be positive so watch her reaction to anything new very carefully to ensure that they are.

On puppy’s first night, they will probably wake you up a few times. Like human babies, puppies wake up throughout the night. While the first night may be challenging, a routine should help your puppy understand what’s expected when the household goes to sleep.  You might want to put the puppy’s crate in your bedroom or prefer for the puppy to be in its own room from the beginning. The important thing is to establish a specific sleeping place to help your puppy get the routine. You can make it a warm, inviting place with a nice bed and fluffy toy or even a stuffed Kong.

Pups sleep an awful lot (they need between 18 and 20 hours a day) so don’t be surprised if she falls asleep mid-play or just finds a comfortable place and nods off.  This is an excellent article about puppies’ sleeping.  https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/how-much-do-puppies-sleep/ so check it out.

But, at the end of the day you would want to enjoy your pup so have some fun with your new furry bundle.  Bringing a new pup into your home is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

 

 

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