I have a new puppy, now what?

I have a new puppy, now what?

This time of year, many of you are making the decision to add a puppy to your home.  Here are a few tips to help the transition and socialize your pup.

  • Music/noise machines are good for bedtime and/or crate training.  It helps calm them.
  • Putting a stuffed animal in the crate or bed helps them feel like they are not alone.
  • Make the crate small to match puppy’s size and feel more comforted.  Remember they were with their mother and siblings sleeping before you took him home.
  • Do not do much socialization with other dogs until your puppy has had at least 1-2 rounds of vaccinations on board.  They can contract more diseases that can be fatal to their young immature immune system.
  • Puppies need lots of encouragement and playtime.
  • They also need lots of time for potty training.  A pup should be able to hold his/her bladder for an hour per month of age.  So a 4 week old, 1 hour; 8 weeks: 2 hours.  So don’t be surprised by needing potty breaks at night, or having accidents during the first several months.
  • It is good to start training them for car rides, noises and new people.  Many people wait too long for a car ride and then experience car sickness.  Even just a ride around the block every few days can start the process.  Give a treat after or before to encourage getting in the vehicle or after for having a good trip.

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