Bringing your new puppy home for the first time is a wonderful experience. Watching a puppy explore its new environment provides plenty of cute and funny moments due to its clumsiness and innocent curiosity. You may even have other pets that you need to introduce your puppy to so that they can all live together in harmony. New puppies can be quite destructive during the first few weeks until they are trained. If they have not yet had all their vaccinations, then they cannot venture outside even to use the toilet. Therefore you will need plenty of supplies and some useful items to make integrating your new puppy into your home a smooth and easy process.
1. Purchase a good supply of puppy pads
If your puppy cannot go outside, you will need plenty of pads to use as a bathroom until it is old enough for outdoor walks. Buying pads in bulk using the Internet is much cheaper than purchasing them from your local pet store. Start by placing the pad close to your puppy’s bed, and then gradually move it closer towards the door as the puppy gets used to using it.
2. Spray your furniture with deterrent spray
If the puppy repeatedly soils the same place in your home, spray the area with a deterrent spray available in your pet store. Use this product when absolutely necessary, and never spray all the furniture in your home as this will confuse and stress your new puppy.
3. Give them plenty of toys
As well as love, new puppies need entertainment to keep them relaxed and happy. If you do not provide chew toys and other fun games, then the puppy may select its own toy from your personal items. Activity balls that can be stuffed with treats are a great way to keep puppies occupied.
4. Design a strict toilet schedule
Ideally, a new puppy should be taken for a walk every two to three hours for the first few days to get them used to relieving themselves outside. You can gradually reduce the amount of walks as the puppy grows, but try to leave around the same time each day so they can learn to wait until the right time. Always walk your puppy before you sleep and right after you wake up.
5. Introduce them to other pets on neutral ground
If you have other dogs that have a tendency to become territorial, introduce them to the puppy for the first time at a local park rather than at home. This will help your existing pets to accept the new member without feeling too threatened. If you are adopting a puppy from a shelter, then you can ask to bring your existing pets to the shelter first to ensure that there are no serious problems. Most shelters have nearby exercise grounds or you can take all the dogs to a nearby park.
6. Puppy-proof your home
Safely store all hazardous chemicals out of reach and tape your electrical cables to the wall to stop your puppy from chewing through them. Certain types of plants can also be dangerous to dogs. Puppies are especially vulnerable as their immune system has not fully developed yet. Learn all the plants in your home and garden to determine whether or not they pose a threat to your puppy’s safety.
7. Arrange a babysitter for the first weeks
If your puppy will be left alone when you go to work, arrange a babysitter to take care of it until it can be alone without crying. Being separated from their mother and the rest of their litter is extremely traumatic for puppies. Crying when it is left alone for the first few times is perfectly normal, and the puppy will be able to stop this behavior with gentle and patient training.
8. Consider using a professional trainer
If you do not have time to train your puppy, bring in the help of a professional. Being able to control your dog on walks or when strangers enter the house is essential for the safety of you and your dog. Most trainers will come to your home and work with you to devise a training program for your dog. Another option is to send the puppy away to obedience school, but this can be expensive and you will not see your puppy for several weeks.
9. Research their particular breed
Some breeds require specific care to ensure that they are happy and content in their new environment. Labradors and bull breeds are full of energy and always ready to play, but if they do not exercise well, this energy will quickly be focused on destructive behavior.
10. Introduce them to the new items and experiences slowly
Switching on the vacuum cleaner or overwhelming your puppy with visitors will make the first few days even more stressful for them. Try to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere for the puppy and allow it to explore and experience new things at its own pace. Some puppies may be fearless and eager to greet everyone and everything in the first few minutes. Observing your puppy’s behavior will help you make a decision on how fast to introduce the new things.
As soon as your puppy is able to go outside, it is important to socialize it from a very young age. This will help it grow into a calm, well-adjusted adult that doesn’t have any problems when mixing with people and other dogs. Teach your puppy basic commands like sit, stay, and to come when called immediately to enable you to let them exercise freely in parks and open spaces.