The first nights are key to making sure your puppy transitions into its new surroundings. Since your puppy still isn’t potty trained, using a crate at night will help with any accidents and will also teach your dog that their crate is a safe place to be. Believe me, there will be lots of whining, crying and barking on the first night.
- Make sure the crate is not too big for the puppy, if it is then use a partition to block off part of it.
- The crate should be comfy for the puppy, so put a blanket or dog bed in the crate with a plush toy for them to cuddle with, or the toy you brought to the breeders house with the pup’s sisters and brothers scents on it. (In my picture, you can see the bed, a blanket and a toy Ruby sleeps with.)
- Play with your puppy before bedtime so they are tired and this will help them sleep more soundly.
- Do not let your puppy eat or drink anything after about 6:00 PM. This helps with less bathroom breaks in the middle of the night.
- Take them to the bathroom right before bedtime. This will set the tone for every night and training will become easier as well. Remember to always praise your dog when they use the bathroom too.
- Keeping a routine is very important for a puppy so they know what is expected of them.
We put Ruby’s crate next to our bed, and I recommend your pup sleeping in your room for constant contact and in case of whining or bathroom breaks. When Ruby would start whining we would soothe her with a very quiet “shhhh” or calm her down and then praise her when she would be quiet. We would get up about two times a night to let her go to the bathroom and then back in the crate she went. New puppy owners need to stay consistent and patient with their new puppy sleeping or not sleeping and remember your puppy’s whole life has been turned upside down, so love and support them.
How were your first nights with puppy? Do you have any tips or suggestions on this topic?
Bringing your Puppy Home
My husband and I drove all the way to Indiana to get Ruby, and the ride back was a blast. I kept Ruby in my lap the entire ride home, which was about 6 hours. We stopped three times to let Ruby go to the bathroom. We chose stops that did not seem to have much dog activity because her vaccinations weren’t complete yet and we didn’t want her to contract any diseases. Ruby slept for most of the car ride home and didn’t whine either. Some of the hardest parts of bringing a puppy home are getting the puppy acquainted to their new surroundings and sleeping at night.
Prepping for the New Puppy
There are few essential things you will need for your new puppy.
- A leash and collar with dog tags. The dog tags should include the owner’s name and phone number. There are many places online for customizable dog tags.
- Water and food dishes. Buy dishes that will fit with your dogs breed and size. We bought bigger dishes right away so Ruby would grow into them.
- A dog crate and a comfortable dog bed.
- Puppy food, try to get the same kind as the breeder used so you do not upset the puppy’s stomach.
- Bring a toy to the breeder’s house for your pup so the scents from their brothers and sisters will be on it.
Introducing a New Puppy to Your House
- Keep visitors to a minimum for the first couple of days so your pup can get used to their new surroundings and settle in.
- Only praise your puppy for good behavior and ignore bad behavior. Your puppy has no idea what you expect of him/her and punishing will only create confusion and stress.
- The first thing to do when you arrive home is to take your pup to the designated bathroom area. Wait 10 to 15 minutes for your pup to relieve himself or herself. When your puppy does go, give him or her lots of praise.
- Your puppy will be hungry soon after arriving home, so set out the dishes of water and food. When the pup is done eating promptly take him or her outside to use the bathroom.
Here is an informational article from Iams on bringing your puppy home too.
What was it like bringing your puppy home for the first time? Were you overjoyed, overwhelmed, well prepared? I would love to hear all of your stories!