insider info: tips for BRINGING HOME YOUR NEW PUPPY



to be completely prepared for him, I asked our pet contributor, Simone Kingston to put together her good-to-know tips for all new puppy-parents
{I thought I’d share, just in case you have a new addition to family on the horizon!}

Bringing some four-legged energy in the home always sparks excitement and with reason, but there a few things to remember to keep your pup safe and happy during those few first inquisitive weeks.

Your new little buddy has just left his mum and other siblings so may be feeling a little nervous and confused about where they are and who you are. Obviously the first thing you will want to do is squeeze and cuddle, ooh and aah, tickle and snuggle and discuss their good looks and this is a must, but it is also important to give them time to explore their new home and check things out for themselves.

So when you can bring yourself to put your pup down, do it, and let them just go for a a wander. At first they may seem very unsure, but quickly enough they will be sniffing around and chewing on anything left on the floor, a gentle reminder to sweep daily. They probably won’t venture too far from you but it is all about starting to give them some confidence in their new home.

The first night with their family is always a big one and it is important that you and your household decide where you want your puppy to sleep ongoing and more importantly to stick with the plan. At times this may be hard, especially if there is some whining and howling, not only from the pup from from other family members, but it is vital to lay the groundwork from day one to establish an easier relationship with your pet.

If you’re like me and happy for your dog to sleep in your room {or on your bed} than this process will be easier, but even then I would not recommend starting them off sleeping with you. A bed next to yours or even a crate near the doorway will help keep your pup more relaxed knowing he can can hear your breathing and your voice comforting them if they are unsettled.

If the laundry is your preferred option, a crate can be ideal here too. It will keep them safe and give them some security, but be prepared they may be tears, perhaps until dawn, but know that each evening will become easier and within a few days your pup should be comfortable with his sleeping arrangements.

Toilet training is a matter of being consistent. Get into the routine of taking your puppy outside every morning when you wake up, when they arise from any snooze long or short, or after long periods of play. If he manages to go in the right spot, praise him with a pat, jump up and down in delight and perhaps reward him with a small training treat, liver will become your best friend.

If mistakes happen, which they will, try not to make too much of a fuzz, just find a work meaning “not ideal” pick your pup up and take them outside to the appropriate place. If you stick to your routine toilet training usually doesn’t take too long.

Toys are so important so make sure you have a couple from day one. A pup needs to know that this is his stuff, not all the other stuff in the home. Play with toys with your pup and if he happens to be seen with a roll of toilet paper in his mouth, take it off him and immediately replace it with one of his toys. He should get it soon enough. Change his toys regularly so he doesn’t get bored.

I recommend putting a collar on your pup within the first week. Initially pop in on for just a few hours so they get used to it and after a couple of times leave it on.

Also starting them on a lead casually in the backyard is great. Just let them wonder around and follow them with the lead, without pulling them anywhere in particular, then once they are comfortable, start to lead them along. This will help a lot when it comes to the big day they go venturing out and about.

My other tips include:

* Make sure your garden is pet friendly. You pup will love to explore and stick their nose into everything, so make sure you have no poisonous plants or products hanging around. Also make sure your fences and balconies are secure.

* Don’t leave electrical cords or phone lines hanging around as a chew toy, learnt this lesson the hard way, back in the days when the internet connected only from a phone line.

* Keep food items out of reach. Gone are the days that you can leave your half eater burger on the coffee table.

* Close off staircases or open high spaces to prevent your pup from getting hurt. Baby gates
will come in very handy.

* Cover your rubbish bins, laundry hampers, washing machines and dishwashers. All of these items carry yummy smells that dogs will love.

* Establish puppy friendly zones, let you pup know where he is and isn’t allowed. Dogs love consistency and understand boundaries and will learn quickly where they are free to roam.

Most importantly, enjoy! You dog is now part of your family and he will do everything he can to make you happy. He will love you unconditionally and you will do no wrong. This adventure together will be one that you will treasure always and there is lots of fun and days in the park coming your way. But be warned, your dog will put a huge paw print on your heart and life will never be the same!

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{FYI: Jake, our puppy pictured above, was adopted from Cloudcatcher Labradoodles}