Bringing Home A New Puppy – First Night Survival Tips Included
Before your dog arrives home for the first time, do what any first-time dog owner does: research. Get to know your new puppy. Ask questions. If you have questions about how to potty train a puppy or other important puppy issues, ask your veterinarian.
The first and most important rule is to have patience. Nothing can ruin a perfect home faster than moving in with someone who doesn’t really love their pet or doesn’t understand them. Bringing home a new puppy is no different. You will likely have issues and you will need to be patient with everyone from the staff at the animal shelter to the guy at the dog shelter who treats your dog to that big bowl of chow.
It’s also important to realize that dogs are like people – they need to be educated, socialized, trained, and so on. Bringing a puppy home is a big responsibility for both you and your new family member. Puppies get bored, they get restless, and they get into things they shouldn’t be into – like chewing up your favorite shoes. But by being proactive and taking responsibility for your new puppy’s behavior, you can learn to co-exist with your puppy and give him the space he needs to grow and learn without hurting him.
The second step in the process is preparation. It’s very important to get the house ready before you bring home a puppy. Find a room in your house that serves as the puppy’s den, which means that he has his own little area where he can relax and feel safe. Make sure there are no toys or chewed items in the room, as these can lead to a potentially dangerous situation if your puppy’s anxiety ever builds up and he begins chewing on something he shouldn’t be chewing on. Your new puppy needs to feel secure in his environment – you can help this process by removing all potential threats, eliminating any destructive tendencies, and preparing the room for your new puppy by putting down furniture and carpeting, getting rid of drafts and excess humidity by closing in doors and windows and adding fans and a dehumidifier.
Before you bring home your new puppy, it’s also a good idea to socialize him with other animals and people. This will help him become more comfortable with people and animals, and he’ll learn to trust them on a more immediate basis. It may seem like a lot of work when you start this process, but your new puppy will thank you later for all the effort you’ve gone through to prepare him. He’ll be happier and healthier in more ways than one.
And finally, be prepared to deal with a dog that is still a pup. Even if you’ve brought your puppy home from the pet store, it’s still a dog, and as with children, they are going to have accidents. They’re going to get into everything, and they’re going to be stubborn. You’re going to have to deal with your dog’s attitude, but don’t forget that you, too, have to deal with their problems.
Bringing home a dog is going to be a lot of fun for you and your entire family. It’s one of those life changing experiences that you and your family will never forget. But you do need to make sure that you’ve done your homework, made your decisions carefully, and that you’ve educated yourself on the many aspects of caring for dogs. You don’t want to end up just as frustrated as the dog was when he first came home. Remember that bringing a dog into your home is going to be different than raising one.