Getting a new puppy. Part 3- Puppy has arrived!
by Helen Kay // November 2017
Getting a new puppy!
Part 3- Puppy has arrived!
You’ve collected your new Pup and they are home! What now?
So amongst all the excitement of getting your puppy home we need to think of their routines a little bit.
Your new puppy will generally need 18-20 hours sleep in a 24 hour period depending on what research you go by! That works out as your puppy only being up and active for small periods through the day for maybe just an hour or so. If your puppy doesn’t get enough sleep it can cause stress and problem behaviours so it is important we ensure they have time to rest. If your puppy takes themselves off to sleep just remember to let sleeping dogs lie.
As early as possible you should be looking to introduce your puppy to their crate. Crates are a great piece of equipment that gives your puppy their own space, somewhere to take themselves to if they need to and also gives you a tool to ensure your puppy is resting and able to be left somewhere safe.
If introduced correctly (and never used as a punishment) they are brilliant and we love them here at Dogs Trust!
To introduce a crate correctly this needs to be a positive experience for your pup and the crate should never be used as a punishment to place your puppy when they are getting a bit silly.
To get started you will need to put a comfy blanket in your puppies crate and introduce that going into the crate is great fun. Feed them their meals in there. Drop treats in and reward them for going in and put them in there when you are giving them something tasty such as a chew or stuffed kong.
Start looking at closing the crate door only when your puppy is confident going in and out.
Put a tasty chew into the crate, once puppy is inside shut the door a little (not all the way). If your puppy stays calm and relaxed – great! If he looks a little nervous then he’s not ready for you to start closing the door yet, go back a step and just get him even more use to the crate with the door wide open.
During these early phases don’t leave the room, stay close by so you can check your puppy is comfortable.
As long as your dog has stayed calm and relaxed with the door a little closed, you can increase the amount you close it. Make sure you do this very gradually and if your dog ever looks worried or nervous go back a step to a point he was comfortable at.
The crate can be used if you need to keep your puppy out of the way for any reason, but you should only be closing the door completely when he is totally relaxed and at home in the closed crate.
Start by staying near the crate with the door closed, then very gradually increase the time that he is left. This should never be more than 4 hours, and ideally keep the time with the door closed to a minimum so that he can come and go as he pleases.
For the rest of our Do’s and Don’ts with puppy training we will give you a quick insight however, we do offer great individual advice to all puppy owners on our puppy classes! To get the best start with your puppy make sure you enrol them to one of our classes as soon as you can.
Make sure you get your puppy outside to toilet as often as you can to avoid indoor accidents. This should be at least every 20-30 minutes and every time they finish doing something (e.g. eating, playing, sleeping). Never tell your puppy off for toileting inside just make sure you get them out after meals, drinking water, when they start to sniff or spin.
Use toys! Make sure you aren’t using your hands in play with your pup with. This can lead to mouthing and excitability around fingers and hands in the future…! Check out our blog on ‘Playful pooches’ to learn about appropriate play.
It’s OK to be alone!
Get your pups used to being on their own from a young age, will help prevent behaviours like separation anxiety developing.
Not vaccinated? Not a problem!
Although it’s unsafe to let your puppy wander around in public spaces if they aren’t fully vaccinated there is nothing wrong with you carrying them about. Take them out for short adventures (puppies can be heavy and wiggly) to get them used to some of the sights, smells and sounds they will need to be comfortable with when they are older. This will help socialise them and build their confidence while they are still young. Everything your puppy doesn’t encounter while young could elicit a fear response in the future. Make sure introductions to new things are positive and fun for your puppy so they don’t get overwhelmed.
Thanks for reading!
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