A Puppy Homecoming
A puppy, like a human baby, requires more than his weight in equipment from the beginning. Let’s look at the New Puppy Checklist of things you will need to own as soon as you chose your puppy:
(Check out our recommended products page for the products we use in our own home)
How To Prepare Your Home For A Puppy
Inviting a puppy into your life provides a great opportunity for housecleaning on a major scale. Since puppies will chew and swallow anything, make sure the floor is very clean of debris. Elevate and secure electrical cords. Time to give up candles, a glass menagerie and candy jars on the coffee table for a while. Cigarette butts, chocolate, grapes and ant traps are toxic and dangerous for puppies, so get any random objects out of your puppy’s reach. If you have kids, this is the time they too will learn to pick up their favorite shoes, or else!!
You can puppy-proof rooms your puppy shouldn’t enter with baby gates. Do not use the old accordion-style gates; they are as dangerous for puppies as they are for toddlers. Gates that open easily, secure tightly, and can be seen through will protect your puppy from dangerous areas and will save your special rooms from puppy accidents.
Remember, puppies WILL get into things. So you will need to behave differently than you did pre-puppy. Do not leave grocery bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks or any easy-to-open containers on the floor. Block off stairs until you know puppy can go up and down without taking a tumble. Basically, think human toddler times 4.
At ECSPups, we live in a Ranch style home, so our puppies have no idea what stairs are!!
Bringing home a new puppy is always a very exciting and special day that you will always remember. For the puppy it may be the day he left his littermates and mother and the beginning of the best part of his life, but also a terrifying day of changes and unfamiliar faces and smells. We try to help, by providing a used toy that smells like home, please keep this with him/her to help them through the transition. You can also try to reduce stress by making his/her drive home as calm and quiet as possible. Make sure s/he goes to the bathroom before getting in the car. You could put him/her in his crate, but a small and quiet puppy can be carried in a blanket by a family member or friend. Make sure you talk to him/her all the way home. Our puppies respond well to singing and humming, it’s how we sooth them during their stay with us.
Entering your house should be made calm and happy for him. Keep his greeters down to immediate family and allow him/her to play and sleep according to his/her rhythms. Make sure s/he eats and, especially that s/he drinks and take him/her out often so s/he can relieve him/herself. Our puppies will whine when they need to do their #2 business, however during the first day it will be difficult to tell why the puppy is whining. Just be patient and take them outside often. It’s not a bad idea the first few nights to put the crate in your bedroom at night and lay with them till they fall asleep, you can then quietly sneak to bed without them any the wiser. Remember s/he went from 9 warm bed companions to none, so a few plush toys in his bed substitute might also help.
We hope this helps you through the first few days of your puppy homecoming, but please don’t hesitate to reach out to use with questions.
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