Taking Home A New Puppy.

Now we are going to begin with the car ride home so you’re probably picking up your pup from the breeders or the shelter and you need to get your puppy home safely. Most people think that bringing their puppy home on their lap is the best option. Puppies really should ride in the crate on the way home.

This is really the safest place for them to be and the best place to be in case they get carsick, which happens to most puppies under a year of age. You see your puppies equilibrium isn’t fully developed till they’re about a year old. The car ride can make puppies queasy and dizzy. And putting them in the crate is also the equivalent of placing a baby in a car seat. You just never know who is going to slam on their breaks in front of you.

And we don’t want them to go flying off your lap. Think about it like this. An adult average size 60 pound dog turns into a 2700 pound projectile when an accident occurs it just 35 miles an hour. Now, this is a whole physics lesson all in itself. But let’s just say if you don’t let your kids climb all over the car and into your lap while you’re driving. Don’t give your puppy the same unsafe access. We also use the crate because this will be the first time away from their littermates and their mother. We want to use the ride effect of coaxing them to sleep to our advantage. If they can fall asleep in a crate on the way home, the first 24 hours will be smoother.

Now if you’re experiencing crying in the crate, you can use a snuggle puppy or a heartbeat dog to help soothe your pups anxiousness. Now covering the crate will help decrease the stimuli they see as you are driving. You can get a dap or dog appeasing pheromone spray to help calm your anxious pup to dog appeasing pheromones are similar to the scent the mother dog naturally gives off to calm her pups.

There’s a spray a collar and a plugin that you can use. Now when you arrive home you will be excited and probably a little apprehensive. What should you do when you acquire a new puppy? Do you show them your whole house? Do you give them access to the carpeted rooms do you allow them free roam? Nope, nope. And nope. When you arrive home and before you head in the house, I want you to take your puppy to the potty spot.

This will be a spot that you’ve established as the place you want your puppy to go potty each time you take them outside. This will help them stay more focused outside as well since there will be a lot of distractions that will kind of help get them off track. Once your pup has gone potty you can head inside, but you’re only gonna allow access to one room right now. I use a baby gate like this one to close off access to other rooms.

Now if you give your pup too much space, they will likely have an accident. Besides, they really aren’t trustworthy just yet. A trustworthy puppy has gained admission to other rooms by demonstrating that they haven’t chewed anything in the first room you granted them access to and that they haven’t had any accidents in this room for at least a few weeks. Now we usually start with the kitchen or the dining room. This is also the place you can set up the puppy pen and the crate the pen is for playtime and the crate is for naps and bedtime. You’ll want to keep one crate on the main floor for easy access especially in the middle of the night when you’re probably going to have to take your puppy outside.

closeup photography of adult short coated tan and white dog sleeping on gray textile at daytime

In the middle of the night, you’re going to want to limit the number of lights that you turn on so you don’t overstimulate your puppy in the middle of the night. After they go, you’re going to quietly return them back to their crate and go back to bed yourself. I still give puppies a little tiny treat when they go potty outside in the middle of the night. I want to stay consistent with the training process. When your puppy arrives, they will be a little overwhelmed. So don’t be surprised if they don’t want to eat their food or take treats or play or run around.

And it’s common for pups 10 weeks and under to sleep a lot upwards of 18 hours a day, let a sleeping puppy lie. The first day and the first week are mostly concerned with establishing solid habits and initiating training games. These are the games that help with leash and collar skills impulse control, working on obedience cues, like sit down, stay, leave it and come, come in. Honestly, the first week or so will be pretty much about leash skills, crate training and potty training. That’s what you can expect.

Now keep in mind, your puppy will have a new understanding of commands such as Leave it, no bite, get down, come here. These are all the most common cues new puppy owners say to their new pups. But to be honest, it all sounds like the Charlie Brown teacher that says wah wah. I think a lot of the hot topics are the areas where new puppy owners struggle the most are potty training, crate training and biting.

Now biting or nipping is one of those behaviors everyone wishes would stop but you can expect it to stick around for a little while your puppy has a natural urge to bite and chew and it really does get stronger during the teething stage which usually kicks in at about 12 weeks and goes until about six months. Most brand new puppies around eight to 10 weeks do a little nipping and a little biting but not nearly as much as a teething puppy.

I hope you are prepared when this behavior starts or worsens, because there is no magic way to stop it. What you’ll discover is that it all comes down to your puppy’s degree of energy. And if they’re overstimulated a puppy with a lot of energy to burn off will bite more. And a puppy that is overtired and overstimulated will need a nap. And they will nip invite more to now your puppy will need daily mental and physical exercise as well. We want to tire out their brain and their body appropriately based on their age so they can relax and focus better.

Remember that your new puppy will have little control over his or her instincts. This is a talent that you must teach to them. When your puppy is excited, for example, he will chase after you and nip or pounce on you.If you pay attention to them when they jump, you will reinforce this behavior, which will become stronger and stronger. Before I share my last couple of tips with you. Let’s discuss about the puppy pen for a minute. Now at some point you are either going to do some household chores or the puppy is going to get to nippy or bitey.

short coated brown dog sitting inside a car

But they might not be ready for a nap just yet, you’re going to want to use an indoor puppy pen. This will be the playspace your puppy can hang out in while you’re busy or you just need a little time away from your Land Shark. This is also a great place to keep them safe and learn to be away from you for short periods of time. Remember, your dogwill naturally cry for you and wait for you to return. This is a natural behavior they would do when they wanted their mother to return and feed them.

We need to explain our puppies that this behavior is no longer effective. Our puppies should learn to stay away from us for a period of time, otherwise they will have separation anxiety in later life. Now true separation anxiety usually includes trying to escape from their crate excessively licking or chewing on themselves, harming themselves or destroying your home in your absence. Most new puppy owners believe that their puppies are experiencing separation anxiety while barking and crying. We don’t call this true separation anxiety as it typically hasn’t escalated to the activities I mentioned a moment ago what your puppy is doing is going through called the extinction burst they need to learn you won’t return every time they cry in bark. 

This is why it is so important to start crate training immediately and spend some time away from your puppy. Otherwise they will become very dependent on you and continually get stressed out in your absence. Now the last topic I want to talk about is introducing your puppy to either a resident dog or the kids. It’s important that if you have another dog in the home that you do a slow introduction when the puppy arrives.

Don’t expect them to become best friends immediately. It may take several weeks for your older dog to get used to the new puppy. It will be important to make sure both dogs are well exercise before meeting as this does take some of the tension and pressure off when they have already released some of that energy, when you allow the dogs to play or interact together. Be sure to do this in small increments of time. 10 minutes at a time to start is ideal.

As a result, none of them will become overwhelmed and reactive. Now given the dog’s breaks is also important, play should look like an even game of tag back and forth. And if one dog is constantly getting pin, this is not good play. Now if you’re introducing your puppy to the kids, make sure to tell the kids ahead of time what to do and where to be. When puppy comes in the home. We don’t want to overwhelm the puppy with high pitched squeals and screens or racing and running around.

Kids should be sitting calmly in a chair or on a stool you like to have the kids up off the floor so the pup doesn’t pounce and jump all over them and start nipping the lower to the floor they are the more excited a puppy becomes and this can actually lead to overstimulation, nipping and biting let The children know they need to walk through the house peacefully and quietly. As the fast movements and higher pitch talking and noises actually draw the puppy in and again the nipping starts.

Puppies can get really confused with kids as their body posture often gives conflicting messages, arms and hands flailing and lowered body posture such as leaning over, pulling hands away very quickly when puppy attempts to lick or nip can also confuse a puppy. Kids often ask the puppy to perform commands that they just don’t know yet and they tend to accidentally reinforce the wrong behaviors.

Like I mentioned earlier if a puppy jumps and gets attention, even if it’s an A kid pushing a puppy off. This can be seen as reinforcement to a puppy training the puppy and teaching the kids go hand in hand. both kids and puppies will not know what to do or what not to do, until they’re both taught these things and these skills. bringing a new puppy home can be super exciting and a little nerve wracking at times, expect setbacks and successes often within the first year of your puppy’s life. Puppies need to learn a lot, and they also need new puppy owners.