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How to cope with puppy’s first night at home

In the stressful experience of suddenly being surrounded by a new environment and by new people, it’s important to make your puppy feel safe, welcome and comfortable in their new home.

Reduce changes where possible

Even if you plan on changing your puppy’s diet further down the line, it is important not to make too many changes at once. Familiar food will be a comfort to your puppy in this new strange place.

Give them room to breathe

Your puppy will love to know that you are close by and there to protect them, but it’s also important to let them explore their new environment and let them know they have a quiet space to go to if they need it.

Create a puppy-proof area

Although the house should be well prepared for your new companion, providing your puppy with a secure room or creating a pen that isn’t around any furniture and safety away from mischief will buy you some much-needed peace of mind.

Keep them entertained

Provide your puppy with new toys to explore, giving them a nice range to play with will make them feel less lonely and will divert their attention away from missing their litter mates.

Be prepared for accidents

Puppies don’t develop real bladder control until they are a few months old. Regardless of previous habits, your house will be a brand new environment and they will need to learn where the boundaries are. Placing puppy pads close to doorways can help to train them to get closer to their outside toilet area.

Introduce other pets slowly

Puppies often have a lot more energy than other household pets. If you have older dogs or cats, it’s a good idea to introduce them slowly and let your puppy get used to the environment before also learning how to behave around less enthusiastic animals.

Following these steps will help to create a smooth first night for you and your puppy.