5 Tips for Your Puppy’s First Night at Home
Your first night home with your new puppy can sometimes be a difficult experience for the both of you. It’s the first time your puppy has spent the night away from his mother and littermates so they are bound to feel scared and insecure at first. With a little preparation and patience, you can make the experience as stress free as possible.
Here are a few tips for puppy’s first night home:
Tip 1: Remove food and water a few hours before bed
After around six or seven o’clock, avoid letting your dog have any food or water. Puppies have small bladders, so if they go to bed with a full belly/bladder you risk the chance of them relieving themselves in the house. To decrease the risk, take your puppy out for one last bathroom break before he goes to sleep.
Tip 2: Don’t start off with bad sleeping habits
As tempting as it is to have your pup curl up next to you in your bed the first night, it’s best to make your puppy sleep in the area where you intend for them to sleep all the time. Bad habits are hard to break, and it’s best to have your pup settled into a regular sleeping routine as soon as possible.
Tip 3: Create a comfortable and familiar environment
To recreate your puppy’s natural sleeping environment, place a hot-water bottle filled with warm water in their bedding and wrap it in a towel. This replaces mum’s warm body. Also consider that a ticking clock will create a soothing space, as its steady and constant noise resembles a heartbeat. If your breeder provided you with a blanket or toy, place this in your pup’s bed as the smell will be familiar to them.
Tip 4: Ignore those cries
If and when your puppy starts to cry during the night, resist the temptation to go and tend to it. As horrible as you might feel, you reacting to its crying will create false expectations of first-class treatment every night. Tough love may be difficult but it trains them to understand that crying gets them nowhere.
Tip 5: Wake up early for a trip to the bathroom
In the morning, get up first thing and take your pup outside to its bathroom area. If he does his business, be sure to praise him when he’s finished so he knows he’s done well and will continue such behaviour.
Bringing a new puppy home is similar to brining home a new baby, in that you may not get much sleep during your first night with your puppy. With an understanding and acceptance of the process, your puppy will soon learn of what is expected of them when it’s time to sleep.