Bringing home a puppy and introducing her to your home is very exciting for everyone. The only one who may 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.
Does that potted plant sitting in front of the glass door look enticing? You might wish 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 interest of your puppy. As you move these things from your puppy’s reach, remember it is only for a brief time. Once your new puppy has learned her place in the family, you can put your things back where they go. Your life should not be dictated by your puppy. However, by eliminating these fascination objects from the start, it is going to allow you to work with your pup on the basic training she will have to learn.
It’s important to recognize that as much as you want your new puppy to be a part of your family, your pet is still an animal. She’ll take her cues from her environment. If she’s allowed to have free run of the home and access to everything, you are teaching her that she is in charge. The principal instinct of dogs is to reside in a pack. Your pet will assume her new household is her pack. If she picks up the clues that she is her own boss and she can do what she wants, whenever she wants, she’s being taught she’s the leader of her pack. It is much easier on everyone, including the dog, if she learns from the minute she enters the home that she is not the leader and dictator of the family.
One mistake people make is letting their puppy sleep in a utility room, or kitchen. Dogs are from the wolf family, and actually prefer to have a den all of their own. Some people assume placing a puppy in a crate is cruel. To the contrary, if crates are introduced properly, they will be much loved by the pup. When planning for a new puppy, do not go out and get the biggest crate you can find for your puppy thinking she’ll grow into it. This is the worst error proprietor 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 large, your pup may designate a portion of her crate for sleeping, and the other half for soiling. You should also never put your puppy’s food and water in her crate.
When your puppy is first introduced to the crate, do not just put her inside and lock the door. This may greatly disturb her. (You should place the crate in a room in your house where the family gathers. You ought not expect the pup to walk through the entire house to the back guest bedroom to nap. By having the crate in close proximity to the household, the puppy will feel as if she’s still hanging out with her pack, even when she’s inside her crate sleeping.) Place the crate where it will stay, and simply open the door. You can put a towel in the bottom, and a chew toy inside in the event that you would like. Some dog’s are very curious. They will simply walk inside. Others may be a bit more shy with the crate. Provide your puppy time to heat up to the crate. You might want to give her crate a title. When she enters the crate, you can replicate 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. Don’t let her out. Walk her straight to the area designated for pottying. You should never let your puppy out of her crate and allow her to accompany you through the home to go outside. Most dogs will just squat and go where they please. Once you’re outside, set her down. You would then encourage her to potty. Choose a couple of words such as,”Go potty,” of”Do your business.” She will not have a clue about what you’re saying, at first. But, after repeated efforts 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 days to familiarize them with their potty area. Lavish them with compliments.
The first couple of nights may make you wonder why you even brought the puppy home. The repeated yelping and whining coming out of the crate can seriously upset many adults who need their sleep. You should take a look at your new puppy as the baby in the household. Puppies less than four months old might want to go out once during the evening. When she does, pick up your puppy and take her into her designated spot. After she has relieved herself, put her immediately back to the crate. You shouldn’t 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 adjust to the night time patterns 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 exact people that have a dog running wild in their home within a year. Dogs that 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 house, you also need to consider their feelings. They will most likely be intimidated by such a tyrant, and struggles could commence while you are away.
If you catch your puppy chewing on something she shouldn’t, a firm”no” is usually enough to prevent her antics. Just like other forms 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 pup with if they refuse to heed a”no.” The rolled up newspaper does not hurt. It’s just loud, and it teaches the dog you are the alpha in the family, rather than her. If she were really in a dog pack, her alpha would nip her soundly. Therefore, don’t feel as though you’re mistreating her. In actuality, most puppies appear to feel more secure when they know their location.
The most important thing you can do with your puppy apart from introducing a crate immediately, instilling a potty regular, and teaching her what”no” means, 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’ll love you.