It’s the first night with your new puppy, and you’re wondering if it will be okay. You’ve read all about what to do before bringing home a new pet, but now the time has come you have to actually live through this experience.
What can you expect? How should you prepare? Will your pup be scared or happy?
Before we get into these questions, let’s take a step back and think about that cute, furry ball of energy you saw and fell in love with.
What Goes on Inside a Puppy’s Brain?
A baby dog is basically a newborn human, but with about two hundred more genes dedicated to social bonding. That’s almost double! Additionally, dogs are born deeply connected to their mother and littermates.
Their group keeps them safe from dangers both visible and hidden, and puppies will do anything to stay close to the pack. From a very young age, dogs learn how to read and respond to social cues. This helps them form attachments with their family and friends, as well as develop communication skills.
In the first few weeks of life, puppies are incredibly impressionable. They soak up information like a sponge and learn best through positive reinforcement. This is why it’s so important to start training your new dog as soon as possible. Rewards like treats, petting, and verbal praise help puppies develop into well-behaved adult dogs.
So, What Can You Expect on the First Day With Your New Puppy?
Your pup is probably going to be a little bit scared. This is completely normal and to be expected. Remember, your puppy has just left its mother and littermates for the first time. It’s in a strange house, with new people and smells, and it’s probably exhausted from the journey. The best thing you can do is give your pup some space to adjust. Make sure it has a safe space to cuddle into and give them a chance to explore at their own pace.
You might even notice some chewing! This is also totally normal, especially when you take your pup out for the first time. Puppies chew when they’re feeling anxious or insecure, so make sure you keep any valuables out of reach.
The most important thing is to be patient. Your pup is going through a lot of changes right now, so give it time to get used to its new home. With a little love and patience, you’ll have a lifelong friend in your new puppy.
The first night is critical for a puppy because it helps set the tone for the rest of its life. If the puppy has a good first night, they will be more likely to trust people and feel comfortable in new environments. However, if the puppy experiences negative events or feels scared or threatened, it could be more difficult for them to trust people or feel comfortable in new situations.
The First Hour at Their New Home
You’ve finally made it home with your new puppy. You’re holding them close, trying to keep the little guy from jumping all over you. Your friends and family are there, too–feeling a bit overwhelmed themselves by the amount of attention this new pup needs. As if on cue, everyone falls silent as they turn their heads towards you, waiting to see what you’ll do next.
What should you do in the first hour at your new home with your new puppy?
The best thing you can do is give your puppy some time to adjust. Make sure it has a safe space to cuddle into and give them a chance to explore their surroundings. Also, don’t overwhelm your puppy with affection or playtime. They need to be able to focus and settle into their new home, especially after such a long day.
Your puppy’s first week at your house should be a quiet one, as he’ll need time to get used to his surroundings. He should be allowed to explore and learn his name. Once you’re home, let him out into a designated area to go to the bathroom.
Your new puppy will need lots of patience during the first couple of weeks of life. You should spend as much time as possible with your new puppy. Make sure he gets plenty of exercise and attention.
Your puppy should be taken out multiple times per day, especially if he or she is young. You should carry him to the proper place to do so. Put him down and then make sure he goes. If you put him in the wrong spot, he may try to urinate there instead. Always stay calm and patient, even when things aren’t going well. You may be surprised by the amount of time it takes your dog to master the art of going into a bathroom stall.
Bonding and socialization
You should spend plenty of time with your new dog. He needs you, too. Take him out for walks, play fetch, or do other activities together. Let him know you love him by giving him treats and petting him. Keep him clean and dry. Remember to take care of any accidents before they get messy.
You’ll want to make sure he’s comfortable with everything about being a member of your household. He needs to know what’s expected of him, and he must feel safe and secure. Puppies need to learn to trust humans, and they need to practice meeting other animals. Most importantly, they need to get used to being around strangers and noisy environments.
Your puppy will probably be cuddly and admired for most of the first day. If you have young kids, make sure they stay close by. Don’t let them play with the puppy until they know how to handle puppies safely. Make sure they take the puppy out for a potty break every few hours.
Puppy’s First Feeding
Your puppy should be fed several times a day. Make sure you give him some water afterward as well. You may also want to put some treats in his bowl or dish. He will enjoy them after he finishes eating.
Puppies need to be fed a specific diet while they’re still growing. The diet should be the same as what the puppy was eating before he came into your care. You shouldn’t switch to another diet until after the puppy has been living with you for some time.
How To Survive The First Night With The Puppy
There are many ways you can help your puppy have a good first night. People often think they need to make sure the puppy is fed and allowed to rest, but the most important thing is that the puppy feels safe.
Don’t let your puppy sleep with you. He’ll develop bad habits. – Trust me, it’s hard to avoid doing when your pup is whining all night, and it’s very important to let him stay in his crate. Give him a stuffed dog toy to cuddle with.
How to Get a Puppy to Sleep:
My tip is to make sure that you’re ready to go to sleep. You should try to get some rest yourself, especially if you’ve had a stressful day. Your dog might need help getting comfortable, though. Try to help him relax by taking him out to the bathroom or letting him sniff around until he feels sleepy. Once he’s sleeping well, you can turn off the lights and let him stay there while you drift off to sleep.
Don’t let the puppy sleep on your beg. Even if you plan to use them as a pillow later, small puppies may fall out of your bed and injure themselves, or leave urine or feces on your bedroom floor.
Be prepared for lots of bathroom breaks during the night. This is normal. The puppy will probably need to go out several times in the middle of the night, and will likely want to be fed again at dawn.
It’s not unusual for puppies to whine, cry, or bark during the night. This is because they are scared of being alone. The best thing you can do is keep your cool and don’t let it bother you—if you act annoyed at his behavior, he’ll know that he’s getting to you.
Keep the lights down low, and take him outside as quietly as you can. If he starts to cry, try not to show it bothers you. Sometimes if they hear another dog barking in the neighborhood they will start mimicking that same behavior. I find trying to mimic his bark back at him sometimes distracts them and takes their mind off of their issues until they calm down themselves.
Soothe your puppy when they cry by talking in a soft voice and petting them slowly. This will help them to feel safe and loved, and they will eventually learn to trust you.
Leaving a puppy to cry can make them more anxious and do permanent damage to their psyche. Give them a comfort blanket, a stuffed toy, a soft towel, or a piece of your clothing to sleep with. It will help them feel more safe and secure as they settle into their new home.
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Make sure your home is ready for your new pup before they arrive by getting everything set up in advance. Put any toxic items or things that could hurt your puppy out of their reach. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a comfortable place for your dog to sleep, a bowl full of food and water, and plenty of toys available.
Baby gates can be used to slowly introduce your puppy into the rest of the house. Keep them away from the stairs until they are more mature. Your new puppy should be introduced slowly to a new place. Avoid overwhelming him by introducing him to your whole house on the first day.
Chew toys are a great way to keep them from chewing on things that they shouldn’t be. Make sure that you give your puppy enough attention and training. He will eventually chew on his toys instead of household items if he knows that he’ll get more attention when he plays with his own toys.
You will need food and water bowls. Your dog’s food should be ready! Contact the breeder or shelter to get more information on what he’s been eating lately.
Investing in an adjustable dog collar and leash is a must-have. They will help you train your puppy and give you more control when you are outside.
Puppies need a lot of sleep, so make sure that you have a comfortable place for them to rest. A crate is the best way to ensure that they will stay safe and not chew on things they’re not supposed to. Metal crates tend to be stronger and better ventilated than plastic ones, but plastic ones are lighter and easier to clean.
You should set up a crate in the bedroom or just inside the open bedroom door. Puppies need to know you’re near. Young puppies don’t have the bladder capacity to contain it for the whole night, so it’s very important that you can hear them making noise when they need to go out.
Last but not least, get yourself some poop bag rolls so you can clean up after your pup when you’re out and about.