It is always exciting; bringing a new pet home, but it is important to make sure that your brand new puppy is comfortable and settles quickly into his new home.
Moving house can be a frightening experience for anyone, so it is important to be fully prepared to help welcome your new puppy into his home so that he can get comfortable as soon as possible.
Puppies can get startled easily, particularly if they are a small breed, so it is important to be aware of his needs and to understand that he might be a bit frightened and lost the first few nights, so crying is to be expected.
Sara from Vale Vets contributed this article as many people are asking similar questions regarding integrating their newest family members – and her advice is: Stay patient and calm, give him lots of love and attention but don’t smother him and let him know how much you love him. Before you know it he will have settled into his new home and will be more than ready to play!
Keeping Familiar Scents
If your puppy came home with you in a blanket, make sure to keep that blanket in his new bed for a few weeks. The scent will be familiar to him and will make the transition more comforting. It will also help to establish his new ‘bedding area’ as the blanket will be placed in his bed.
It might also help to have a few old toys around, if his previous owners had a teddy bear or a few cushions that the puppies used to use. It would have his mother’s scent on it and it is small enough for you to pack easily into his new home without it being cumbersome. As the days go on the old scent will mingle with the new, making him feel more comfortable in his new home.
Be Gentle but Firm
It can be hard to train your puppy at first, particularly if he cries a lot during the night.
You will need to stay firm with him, otherwise he might end up being a bit spoiled!
If he messes himself do not shout, quietly scold him in a firm voice and place him on the toilet ‘area’. Puppies can pee themselves when nervous, and being in a new place is certainly a nerve-wracking experience! Do not tell him off the first time he does this but if he continues to pee, try some gentle scolding.
Transfer the scent of the urine to his toilet area so that he recognises the scent. If you ever catch him peeing anywhere, pick him up and run him to the toilet area so that he starts to realise this is where he should go to the toilet.
It might sound silly at first but it really works!
Getting Used to your Voice
Speak to your puppy often to get them used to the sound of your voice. Change the tone of your voice when praising him and when scolding him, so that he knows when he has done something wrong.
It is a lot like talking to a baby; even though they might not understand the words, they understand the inclinations and the sounds you make can be soothing.
No Big Welcome Home Parties!
You might think it a good idea to have the new puppy meet the entire extended family when they come home from the vet or leave their mother, but this is a really bad idea.
They are already overwhelmed as it is with all the new smells and sights and sounds, to make them even further confused and frightened with lots of people crowding round them and speaking to them would be just cruel. Introduce your family members gradually and in small groups.
Obviously some puppies take longer to settle in than others and like people, every dog is different. Even if you have owned puppies before, there is no guarantee that your new puppy will act in the same way. Try to make him feel safe and comfortable and give him space if he doesn’t seem to be warming up to your cuddles.
It can sometimes take a while, so a gentle approach is always recommended.
Take care of your new puppy!