The only one who might be anxious about the situation will be the puppy. If you handle your puppy properly when she arrives, she will quickly relax and want to settle into her new house.
Before bringing your new puppy into your home, you should puppy proof it. Does that potted plant sitting in front of the glass door look tempting? You may want to consider moving it to a higher place. What about your favorite collection of teddy bears, or magazines that you have in a basket from the couch? They will most certainly raise the curiosity of your puppy. As you move these items from your pet’s reach, remember it’s only for a short time. Once your pet has learned her place in the household, you can put your things back where they go. Your life should not be dictated by your puppy. However, by removing these curiosity objects from the start, it is going to let you work with your puppy on the basic training she will need to learn.
It is important to recognize that as much as you want your new puppy to be a part of your loved ones, your pet is still an animal. She will take her cues from her surroundings. If she’s allowed to have free run of the home and access to everything, you’re teaching her that she’s in charge. Dogs have instincts. The principal instinct of dogs would be to live in a pack. Your new puppy will assume her new household is her pack. If she picks up the clues that she’s her own boss and she can do what she wants, whenever she wants, she is being taught she’s the leader of her pack. It is much easier on everyone, including the dog, if she learns from the moment she enters the home that she is not the leader and dictator of the family.
One mistake people make is letting their pup sleep in a utility room, or kitchen. Dogs are out of the wolf family, and actually prefer to have a den all their own. Some people today assume placing a dog in a crate is cruel. To the contrary, if crates are introduced properly, they’ll be much loved by the pup. When planning for a new puppy, don’t go out and get the biggest crate you can find to your puppy thinking she will grow into it. This is the worst error owner’s make. A crate should be large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in. Puppies usually learn from their mothers to not soil in their bed area. If the crate is too big, your pup may designate some of her crate for sleeping, and the other half for soiling.
When your puppy is introduced into the crate, do not simply put her inside and lock the door. This may greatly disturb her. (You should put the crate in a room in your home where the family gathers. You should not expect the pup to walk through the whole house to the back guest bedroom to nap. Using the crate in close proximity to the household, the pup will feel as if she is still hanging out with her pack, even when she’s inside her cage sleeping.) Set the crate where it will stay, and simply open the door. You can place a towel in the bottom, and a chew toy inside in the event that you want. Some dog’s are very curious. They will just walk inside. Others may be a bit more shy with the crate. Give your puppy time to warm up to the crate. You may want to give her crate a title. When she enters the crate, you can repeat the crates name, and give her a treat.
After your puppy has warmed up to her crate and has entered and exited it a few times, you can shut the door. She might whine and paw at the door. She may even start yelping and barking. This is okay. Do not let her out. Walk her straight to the area designated for pottying. You should never let your puppy out of her cage and let her to accompany you through the home to go outside. Most dogs will simply squat and go where they please. As soon as you’re outside, set her down. You would then invite her to potty. Choose a couple of words such as,”Go potty,” of”Do your business.” She will not have a clue as to what you’re saying, at first. However, after repeated attempts and with being granted a puppy treat and praise, she’ll learn what those words mean. Most puppies will have to go out at least every hour during the first few times to familiarize them with their potty area. This is an opportunity for you to catch them doing their business where they need to. Lavish them with compliments.
The repeated yelping and whining coming from the crate can seriously upset many adults who need their sleep. You should take a look at your new pup as the baby in the family. Puppies less than four months of age might want to go out once during the evening. When she does, pick up your puppy and take her into her designated place. After she has relieved herself, place her immediately back into the crate. You should never play with your puppy during the night time hours. This will only encourage her to keep the yelping up. After a few days, your pup will adapt to the night routines of her”pack” and everyone will get more rest. Most dogs have the ability to make it through the entire night without a potty break around 18 weeks.
Some individuals may think it is unpleasant to scold a puppy. These individuals may be the same men and women that have a dog running wild in their home within a year. Dogs which aren’t disciplined can wreck havoc on a home. You may return to locate a shredded sofa, chewed up shoes, and garbage strewn all over the place. If there are other pets in the home, you should also consider their feelings. They will most likely be intimidated by such a tyrant, and fights could commence while you’re away.
If you catch your puppy chewing on something she shouldn’t, a firm”no” is usually enough to stop her antics. As with other kinds of training, this may take a couple of days for her to learn. This is why you’re advised to move precious things away. Some people have a rolled up newspaper to swat the puppy with if they refuse to heed a”no.” The rolled up newspaper does not hurt. It is just loud, and it teaches the puppy you are the alpha in the household, and not her. If she were truly in a dog pack, her alpha would nip her soundly. So, don’t feel as though you are mistreating her. In fact, most puppies seem to feel more secure when they know their location.
The most important thing you can do with your puppy besides introducing a crate immediately, instilling a potty routine, and teaching her what”no” way, is to build the relationship with your new puppy. Get on the floor and play with her. The bond will grow between you and she will love you. This goes a long way when you start teaching her other basic commands such as”stay” and”come.”