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How to Introduce a New Puppy to Your Family: The First 24hrs

You are about to get a new puppy and you’re excited to introduce them to your family. A new puppy is a wonderful addition to any family. The first 24hrs can be hectic and even stressful, but there are some basic things that you should do in order to make the transition smoother and more enjoyable for your pet. This blog post will cover how to introduce a new puppy to your home, the puppy checklist for the first 24hrs of his arrival, and how to train him or her on house rules such as potty training and sleeping schedules

First steps in preparing to bring a puppy home

You are about to leave home to bring your new puppy. It may be from an adoption shelter or a reputable breeder. Before embarking on the journey there are few key things that you should have already done in preparation for your new pet’s arrival – Puppy checklist.

  •           Clear your appointments for at least for the next two days

 The next few days will be challenging for both you and your new pet. You are trying to get them accustomed to their new home, while simultaneously teaching the appropriate behaviours for being in a house. During this time, they will be learning how you like things done around your home and also when it is okay to play or not. It’s important that you’re available during these days.

  •           Get your home ready for the new puppy

The first thing that you should do when preparing to bring a dog into your house is getting it ready for them! Now, this doesn’t mean getting rid of all furniture or pulling up carpets; what we mean by “getting your house ready” is removing any dangerous objects from around the house. This includes things like medicine, cleaning products under kitchen counters, needles/threads in sewing boxes, etc. These items may be harmless to us, but they can cause serious injury to our pets if ingested accidentally. It’s best not even taking chances with these potential hazards since accidents happen.  Your home is the best place to start training your new pup. Use the opportunity to introduce them to the house rules and teach good habits from day one. Place items of interest such as socks, slippers, shoes, or children’s toys in a strategic way to train your puppy to the house rules.

  •           The dog has a crate or cage to sleep in at night.

It’s important that the new puppy learns from early on that it is their space, where they can go for comfort and safety. You want your pup to use its place as more than just a spot for naps during the day. You may want to put some fresh towels/sheets on the bedding; we’ll discuss how house training comes into play later!

There are plenty of bowls available to suit any preference. From plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel there’s one for you! The best option for your pup’s food dish is stainless steel, but if you want to keep costs down then plastic will do. Just don’t let them chew on it! There are specialized puppy feeding bowls with a raised centre to ensure that your pup cannot walk or sit on the bowl. Yeh, they do! The rim makes feeding time easier and keeps them cleaner too!

Don’t forget the most basic necessities! The dog needs a lead and a collar. This is an important tool to keep your pup safe and guide him or her in the new surrounding about to be explored.

Toys are a must-have for any dog, be it large or small breeds. There is nothing more important than playing with your pup during his first few days at home to help him adjust and bring the family closer together. You should get a few different types of toys: plush, rubber and rope chews are good options. This way there will be something for every occasion – from chewing while alone to playing fetch or tug of war with you during playtime! It may also help if these were products designed specifically for puppies instead of adult dogs

Most breeders will add a small puppy food pack along with the dog, but if not then you should contact the breeder/shelter in advance and inquire about the current food that has been given to them. Chances are it was dry kibble with some additional ingredients like canned or raw and something else mixed in! Try to get the same food as they are already used to. Your puppy needs food with higher percentages of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates than what is present in adult dog foods. You can switch to a brand of your choice in a few weeks, but for now, stick to what the breeder is feeding your puppy.

  •           A vet appointment

Before bringing your puppy home, check the vaccination history from the breeder/shelter. Find out what diseases are common in the area where you live, and which vaccines your pup has had or should still have. Taking a dog to the vet before bringing them home is also advised as they may need an examination if there were any health issues at their old home. If you don’t know of nearby good vets, then try searching online for one! You can find more information about what types of vaccines should be given at this link:  Dog Vaccinations Checklist.

  •           Other animals at home

If you own other dogs or cats, then they need to be separated before you bring the puppy home. The more time you must adjust to the new puppy, the better it will go for everyone. We’ll discuss in a later post how to introduce your new pup to your other pets once you’ve had a few days to spend bonding with them alone.

What you need to take with you to the shelter/breeder – Puppy checklist

It’s best to bring along the following items on your ride to pick up your new puppy or dog:

  •           Travelling water bowl
  •           Paper towels – For small messes and cleaning if required
  •           Dry towel – Useful when you want to keep the pup dry and comfortable during the ride home
  •           Puppy crate – Optional if you wish to keep the pup tucked away safely. I prefer to keep on my lap.
  •           Leash and collar – Always keep your pup safe and close to you

Home sweet home

Time to introduce your puppy to its new surrounding! Make sure to have all the items mentioned in the previous step ready before bringing your new puppy home.

·         House training starts the second you get home!

 The first thing you should do is to have the puppy on a leash. The leash should be on him/her right throughout the first few days. Don’t let the puppy explore the house on its own. Always have the puppy closer to you. When the puppy does something good, reward him/her with a treat and lots of praise! Remember the stuff we placed strategically, like the socks, children’s toys, and slippers? This is where they come in! Whenever the puppy approaches them or tries to pick them up, gently yank the leash upwards and say “no”. Tension of the leash will stop and retreat. They’ll soon understand that it’s not a good idea to pick things up or try interacting with them! When they resist the temptation, reward them with some more treats and praise. Soon your puppy will learn good and bad behaviour by associating with praise and reward.

·          The next step will be setting up a familiar space for your new pup!

This should ideally include his food bowl filled with water beside it, along with other items like toys or blankets that are already familiar to him from when you picked him up at the breeder’s home, make sure this area remains unchanging until your pup gets used to its new environment!

·          This is also where we place our Puppy Crate/Cage

Now, you should take your new pet into his/her crate. The crate should be big enough to stand, turnaround and laydown. The crate should be a pleasant place for the pup and not something to be afraid of. If you leave the crate open, they’ll most likely walk in and out when it suits them. Use treats to entice your pup into the crate! Let them smell and taste what’s inside. Then slowly start closing it while they’re still in there, rewarding them when he/she stays in for a few seconds before you close the door completely. Again, don’t leave your pup alone here too long or else they’ll get scared of this nice place!

·          Quick potty breaks!

And it begins! This is where we start taking our new pup out for potty breaks. The best time to take them out will be after they’ve just woken up, about an hour or two before their mealtime and right before bedtime (when the next day’s adventure starts all over again!). Do not play with your pup when he/she wakes up from his sleep- this is when you should pick him/her up and head straight outside to do that ‘business’. Keeping a schedule of feedings walks and bathroom times throughout the first few days helps immensely in house training!

·          Setting up for the night

The final step is setting up for bedtime! Make sure to take your pup outside one last time before he/she goes into his crate. One last play session so your pup gets his/her energy out before going to bed! No feeding before bedtime. Gently close the crate door and let your pup get used to the darkness (and hopefully, sleep). Position the crate closer to your side of the bed. It is recommended that you sleep close enough to your pup so he/she can hear and smell you. This will make him feel safe in his new environment! You can also give him/her a gentle pat or two through the openings of the crate ventilation, so he knows you’re close by! Once your pup gets used to this routine, it will be easier for both of you.

It’s been about 24 hours since you picked up your new puppy from the breeder’s home… So far so good? Your pup has successfully learned two very important things- no going near those dirty socks and how to settle in his little space. You’ve also started house training by taking him outside every time after feedings, play sessions and naps during this first day at home. That was just one whole day down – there are still many more days of adventures ahead!! Enjoy

There are a lot of things to consider when bringing home your new puppy. This is not just about where they’ll sleep and what food they eat, it also includes the introduction process, training, puppy checklist and so on! Make sure you read this article for advice on how to introduce a new puppy into their new environment to make them feel comfortable. What tips did you find most helpful? Let us know by commenting below or engaging us on Facebook! We can’t wait to hear from you!.

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