So, you’re about ready to bring home your new puppy? This is an exciting time for everyone but remember, it can be extremely overwhelming for your new furry friend, and so it is vital you welcome him to the family very carefully.
Every puppy is different and so may respond differently, but we have put together a small guide on how to manage the first day at home with your new companion, so as to try and make this transition as smooth and positive as possible:
- It is important to first remember your puppy has just left behind both his mother and his littermates. He is now faced with having to adjust to a new home full of different smells and different faces. He will get used to this, but on his first day, he definitely needs a little time to adjust.
- Before you bring him into the house, take him outside to his allocated toilet spot and allow him to relieve himself. It is important to immediately begin the toilet training routine as this will help him learn quicker.
- When you get inside, show him his new home, as after all – this is his new home! Limit this to one or two rooms initially so as not to overwhelm him and remember, you must supervise him. You’ll be amazed at the amount of mischief a puppy can get themselves into. Also, don’t forget to introduce them to their own space, and if possible use a blanket from their old bed to put in their new one so it feels familiar. Remember, puppies don’t need to be taught when bedtime is, so let them sleep as and when they need to.
- Remember to check with the breeder/rescue centre what food they have been giving the pup – a change in environment and food could potentially be extremely stressful for your puppy and so it may be best to maintain the diet they are used to, at least for the first week or so.
- Taking a puppy home for the first time will present all kinds of learning curves, and it will be a journey for you both to learn how to adapt to one another. It may feel impossible on day one, but your puppy will soon become the most loved member of your family! And obviously the most adorable one.
One last thing – don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Getting a new puppy is meant to be fun, and it is absolutely ok to be excited!
If you do need any more information or advice regarding bringing your puppy home for the first time, please get in touch today on +44 (0)844 800 2234.