Bringing Your Puppy Home for the First Time
The day you collect your puppy is very exciting, but it
can be very daunting for your puppy as they have just left their mother and
litter behind. To help, we have put together some tips for bringing your puppy
home for the first time.
- Take your time - when bringing home your puppy home for
the first time, it is important that you take your time. Coming into a new
place alone, away from the litter can be very overwhelming for a puppy. It is
often a good idea to limit the amount of room they have access to at the start,
allowing them to take their time to get used to things.
- Create a routine for your puppy – creating a routine
will help with settling them in. Try to keep play, meal and bed time at the
same time every day to help with settling them in.
- Be consistent - when keeping a routine, it is also
important to be consistent with your puppy. Make sure that everyone in the
household sticks to this otherwise it may get confusing for your puppy.
- Set boundaries - make sure your boundaries are clear
and that you stick to them. For example, if you don’t want your puppy up on the
couch, you need to make sure everyone keeps them off from day one.
- Give your puppy space - getting a new puppy is exciting
and you may want to spend every second with them, but it is often best to give
them some space to themselves. If they need to sleep or rest, allow them to do
this on their own and in their space that you created for them. Also, try
encouraging them to play by themselves rather than with you all the time as
this may lead to separation anxiety and problems in later life. If your dog
suffers from anxiety, check out our blog on ways to help with your dog’s
- Start socialising your puppy – socialising your puppy
often can start at home by taking them into the garden, encouraging them to
interact with the environment they currently live in. Taking them for a walk is
also a great way to socialise your puppy, allowing them to experience new
sights, sounds and smells.
- Consider training classes – training classes are
perfect for allowing your puppy to have positive experiences with other people
and dogs that are in the same position. For advice on training at home click here.