Bringing a puppy home and how to survive the first 24 hours!

Being excited and also a little nervous about bringing your puppy home is a totally normal feeling. Have you got everything? Have you got the right things? Will they settle? Will I get any sleep? These are all really common questions.

There is no doubt that a pup that has in an instant been separated from everything its ever known is going to be quite unsettled. Here are some helpful tips that you can do to help sensibly manage this potentially traumatic experience.

– If possible, visit your puppy several times at the breeder’s home.
– Have everything ready and in place so you aren’t putting up noisy crates being distracted as soon as you get there. 
– Ask the breeder if you can have a piece of the pups bedding that smells of him mum and siblings. This will comfort him when he is in his new home. 
– After the initial car trip home, immediately take your puppy out for a wee. 
– Carry your puppy in and show him from the comfort of your arms the 1 or 2 rooms he will be in for the next few weeks. Let him take in the sights and smells.
– Place your pup gently down and let him explore his surroundings at his own pace. 
– Introduce him to existing pets and family members in a calm, quiet way and teach young children not to treat the puppy as a toy. 
– Use the same food the breeder has been feeding to avoid an upset stomach. 
– Remember puppies don’t have any sense of bedtime routine and sleep whenever they are tired. It’s a good idea to try and keep the puppy fairly active and awake in the evening so that they can settle and sleep better at bedtime. 
– Sleep near (not with!) your puppy the first three nights. Just the sound and smell of you nearby will be reassuring. 
– Your puppy will usually need to be let out for a wee every 2/3 hours. Be prepared to set your alarm and do this. 
– If your puppy cries or whimpers you can use a heated puppy pad or ticking clock nearby to help settle him. 
– Remember a crying puppy is a distressed puppy and should NEVER be left for a long period of time.

Puppies are adorable and are hugely rewarding to have. The bond you will form will last a lifetime and it’s exciting to be part of the puppy’s development. One final tip is I would advise taking at least two weeks off work to settle your puppy in not only for him but also for you! Really enjoy this time with them because they grow so quickly!

It is always a good idea to attend puppy training classes to start your puppy off on the right paw! See what packages we offer here

ICAN Accreditation
IMDT Qualified Trainers
PPN Accreditation