Are you feeling excited about bringing your new puppy home? While you want to get your new pet adjusted to your home and your family, there are certain things you need to know about the first night with new puppy. If you are fully prepared and know what to expect, the transition can go much smoother for everyone including your new baby.
Bringing your dog home is certainly a special and exciting time. A sweet new love is entering your home. You will want to do your best to care for the and acclimate them to their new home and family.
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We are partial to bringing home a rescue dog. A adopted dog from the shelter knows they have been saved. And, there are plenty of rescue dogs who are still puppies. If you get one that is just a bit older it may even be easier to potty train.
Dogs need love and consistency. Get the entire household on the same page and decide what the house rules will be. Be sure to sign up for dog training. Here’s how else to be prepared for day one with your new love.
Your Puppy Might Cry
It is normal for puppies to cry a bit, especially when they are in a new place for the first time. Your pup might feel anxious, nervous, and unsure of the surroundings, but you can put your new dog’s mind at ease by providing plenty of cuddles, belly rubs, and delicious food to eat.
When it comes to bedtime, your puppy may begin whining again. While this might seem a bit annoying to some people, it is natural. You should make sure your pup has been able to eat, drink water, and use the bathroom before calling it a night.
You can let the animal cry it out for a little while, but if the crying persists for longer than 15-20 minutes, you may want to consider sitting down on the floor next to the puppy, petting the animal, and talking in a soothing voice to calm your pet down.
You Should Have a Crate Near Your Bed
Some people think it is best to put the puppy in their bed at night for the first few nights, but this can get your new pet into the habit of climbing in your bed and sleeping there all the time.
Crate training can be a lifesaver. If you do not want to start any bad habits, but you do want to make sure your dog feels completely safe at night, you should place a crate next to your bed. Your puppy will still be able to see you and have easy access to you, but it will have its own space while you have your own space in your bed.
Make sure the crate is as comfortable as possible for your new pup before expecting the animal to sleep there at night.
It Helps to Set a Bedtime for Your Pup
It is good to set a specific bedtime for your pup because that helps with the training process. Of course, this does not mean you need to put the dog to bed early. In fact, you can choose any time you think is best. Once you select a bedtime, try to stick with it for at least several weeks at a time. Your puppy will get the hang of quiet time and will eventually understand that it is not time to play after a certain time.
The first night with a new puppy is exciting, but there are certain things you need to know. Your puppy needs to have time to adjust to its new living quarters, and that means the animal might do a bit of extra crying at night. As long as you are patient and willing to comfort the animal while keeping it in your room at night, your new pup should adjust rather quickly.