The arrival of a new puppy is undoubtedly a very exciting moment for the whole family.
It is crucial to keep in mind that the new member will have to adapt to his environment and to you as his new companion. Often the first days at home with your new puppy will be the first days that your puppy spends away from his mother and siblings. So, you must be patient and follow these tips.
- Get the house ready
Before you welcome your puppy, make sure your home is a safe place where your furry friend can explore safely and securely.
Visit your local pet store to pick up needed basic accessories such as food and water bowls, bed, grooming products, and more.
It may take your new puppy a little while to learn its way around your home. Teach him where to find food and water and where he should go to the bathroom. If certain areas are off-limits, try puppy-proofing by using a pet fence or a scent deterrent. Train your puppy with the “out” command and point in the direction they should move. Be prepared to gently push them in the direction if they lay down or sit. Repeating this will surely help them learn their boundaries.
- Let your puppy sniff and explore
Sniffing helps your puppy understand the lay of the land. He uses sniffing much like people use their sight. It’s hard to imagine just how much information your puppy gets from sniffing. Designate an area for his bed, food, water, and toys. Too large of an area could cause sensory overload at first.
Then let him explore his new environment at his own pace. Puppies don’t have as much control of their bladder so be prepared in case of “accidents” and put puppy pads down for a potty place.
- Stay calm
Having a new puppy in the house is very exciting but too much excitement can be overwhelming and stressful for your new pup. Stay calm and introduce your puppy to family members one at a time. Ask your family members to handle the puppy with gentle, quiet care.
Start by letting your puppy smell each family member’s hand. A wildly wagging tail and wiggly body mean it is ready to interact. Patience is essential when dealing with a shy, apprehensive puppy.
- Establish house rules
The first night can be decisive for the dog’s future behavior at home. Although it may seem too soon your puppy needs to learn the house rules. Structure and consistency mean a better adjusted and happier dog.
Whether it be chewing, barking or another behavior you want to eliminate, using gentle redirection works well. Punishing and yelling will only frighten and confuse. Your little ball of fur can be taught to be an angel. Your puppy must understand what’s expected of him. Praising and rewarding good behavior while deflecting improper behavior is the best way to help him learn.
- And finally, Take things slow
Slowly increase his area, allowing him to explore more of your home. Know that with lots of loving affection, consistent house rules, rewards for good behavior, and gentle correction for improper behaviors, your new puppy will quickly learn his place in his new family. You will find that as your puppy adjusts to his new environment, you become fast friends and will establish a bond that will last its entire life.
Did you recently bring a new puppy home? How has adding a new family member changed your days?