New Puppy, First Day Home Is A Special Day

 New puppy,  first day home is a special day for you and your family. Everyone is trying to find their new position in the household.  There are new responsibilities, new adventures, and new toys everywhere for your new puppy.

Bringing a new puppy home is exciting but it can also be quite expensive, exhausting, and scary.  A puppy’s needs are not unlike any new addition to the family. A new puppy needs lots of love, patience, and kindness. A new puppy also needs clear rules and expectations from day one.  He will need a place of his own and a safe environment all around him.


First Day Home After Picking Up Your New Puppy

Usually your new puppy  will bond most strongly to whoever brings him home from the breeder, shelter, airport or store. So if you want your new puppy to be attached to your children, have your kids go with you. If this is going to be your new puppy, then you need to be there.

Your first day home with your new puppy will bring challenges and rewards alike.  Whether you are adding a Mastiff new puppy to a household already teaming with children and pets. A Chihuahua new puppy who will be your sole companion. You will find that very special accommodations need to be made to insure the health, happiness, and well being of your new puppy friend and their new family.


Preparing For Your New Puppy’s First Day Home

Preparations for your first day home with your new puppy should begin well before she ever romps across your living room or leaves her footprints in the grass outside.

This day marks the beginning of your life together. This is the beginning of the bonding process that establishes your lifelong relationship with a new puppy. Your family should be made aware of the way having a new puppy can change the structure in your home.  Children need to understand that puppies are not toys and cannot be treated as such.  Everyone needs to know that anything left out will get chewed, messes will get made, and the new puppy will need to sleep as much as they will need to play.

Make sure children are taught to be careful when handling a new puppy, and small children should NEVER carry a puppy around.  An adult should monitor interactions with small children at all times.  Some puppies are very fragile and all puppies are wiggly, and rambunctious.  Children should be taught to treat a new puppy with respect.  Children should never be in charge of discipline or correction of behavior of a new puppy.

Leaving their mother and litter mates will probably bring about some anxiety. However, this can be greatly diminished if you plan your schedules so that you will be home with the new puppy the first 3 to 4 days. Some authors suggest leaving the puppy alone and give them time to themselves to adjust to the new surroundings. We disagree. In our homes, we plan for this introductory period by keeping the new puppy involved with plenty of attention from children and other family members. When we are not with the puppy, she is sleeping. You will be amazed how time spent in this manner will speed up the housebreaking process. If the children are young or are not familiar with how to handle new puppies, you should spend some time with them during these first few days explaining common sense rules on how to play with a new puppy.

If you are introducing a new puppy to children in your home, make sure you lay down ground rules first.  The children should be clear on what the rules and expectations are before you start to teach them to the puppy.  If a small child would like to hold the new puppy she should first sit down so when the puppy wriggles away, they  won’t fall and get hurt.

Some basic rules should include:

1. Pick up your toys…or they may get ruined.
2. Don’t wake a sleeping puppy. She needs her rest.
3. Don’t interrupt a puppy who is eating. You might get bitten.
4. Don’t carry a puppy around. Puppies break when dropped.
5. Never hit a puppy.
6. Treat a puppy like a friend, not a toy.


Introducing Your New Puppy To Other Pets

If you expect other four-legged friends to welcome this new interloper you will have to allow them to make friends on their terms.  Any pets already part of your home may feel threatened or at least infringed upon.  Allow them to come and investigate at their own pace and to withdraw when they want to.  Remember, this is their turf and the new addition will have to learn her place.  Keep the new puppy safe.  They could become a target if your pets are not happy with a new puppy.   The same could be said of children who were not receptive to having a new puppy.  Just make sure puppy has a place to be if you can not be right with her.

The house belongs first to those who were already there. A new puppy may need to be excluded for a little while to allow other pets to investigate freely for the first little while, taking in all the new scents around. Make sure to reassure and lavish affection on any old friends who are feeling a bit misplaced.


Feeding Your New Puppy

Puppies need to eat often.  A very young puppy should eat at least four times a day, and a very small breed may need to eat more often than that.  Small breeds don’t have much fat or reserves and can experience attacks of hypoglycemia which can be life threatening.  It is a good idea, in fact, to keep Karo syrup around just in case.  If your new puppy hasn’t eaten for a while and seems weak or dizzy, rub some Karo syrup on her gums and see if she improves.  It should happen right away; within minutes.  If she does improve, feed her.  If she does not, get her to a vet immediately.

A general rule of thumb on feeding a new puppy is that she should have as much as she wants to eat in about 15 minutes time.  If she eats what you gave her right away and is looking for more, give her more inside that 15 minutes.  If she leaves a lot behind, pick it up and throw it away and offer her less next time.  Never leave her food down to get rancid, spoil, or attract bugs and stray animals.

Another reason to feed on a regular basis instead of ‘free-feeding’ is that her appetite or lack there of is often your first clue if she isn’t feeling well.  A full bowl might mean she isn’t hungry because she just ate, or it could mean she is getting sick.

Free Feeding is not advisable.  If your puppy will be home alone for long periods of time you may want to have someone come in and visit from time to time to make sure she gets a chance to go outside to relieve herself and eat regularly. You could also look for a doggy day care that handles puppies.  Puppies get very lonely and should have plenty of company and opportunity to play and grow.


Good Rules For Your New Puppy

Make sure you find a good vet and follow their recommendations closely.  Once she has completed her series of vaccines you can start taking her out in public.  You should plan to properly socialize your new puppy to allow her the experiences needed to help her discern what to be nervous about, and what not to.  An obedience class is a must for a new puppy to help them learn that they need to listen to you even when there are many distractions around.  That tidbit could save a lot of grief – it could save their life. If they get out and knows to listen, they may not decide to dart into the street in front of that Chevy.

A new puppy should be socialized to make them safer to be around.  A fearful dog can be dangerous to friends who may visit, or even to your own family.  They don’t have to be big to be dangerous, so socialization should be a priority.  Some breeds are more naturally social than others of course.  Having a new puppy should be a great deal of fun. Only if you understand what you are getting into before you bring a new puppy home. Then,your transition will be much more smooth and enjoyable for all.

Congratulations on your new friend!  May it be the beginning of many new wonderful memories for everyone.

About The Author

This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice..

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.

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    • Thank you. Maybe in the future there will be a part 2. But for now you might want to look at the newest article on Barking.

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