Introducing your new puppy into your home can be a daunting experience with new environments, smells and noises in their surroundings. Today, Bondi Vet shows you what to do once you’ve brought your new puppy home.
Bringing home a new puppy is not unlike bringing home a baby for the first time – what will they eat, where are they going to sleep? It can all seem a little overwhelming, but Dr Chris Brown of Bondi Vet has a few tricks of the trade to help you get your little pooch settled into your home with ease. Check out the video below!
Do you have other pets at home?
If you already have a dog at home, you’ll probably have to change some aspects of their lifestyle to adjust to having a new puppy around. Try to make these changes well in advance of your puppy arriving so there’s no association between your puppy and the loss of any privileges for your first dog.
There may be times when the puppy and the first dog don’t get on together, but if you spot an issue early on, take guidance from your vet before it becomes an issue.
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Starting toilet training
Toilet training is an important step in introducing your puppy to his new life at home. Thankfully, it’s not too difficult but it will require patience and consistency.
- Where you can, choose one spot in your garden where your puppy can do their business.
- Once they’ve eaten or had a sleep, put them outside in that same spot, as this is most likely when they’ll need to go.
- Consistency is key. Be persistent with your routine. Your puppy won’t necessarily take to it right away, but it will happen with time. Young puppies will need to eliminate every three to four hours (generally after waking and playtime) but this period will lengthen as they grow.
The first few nights with your pup
A big challenge for many dog owners is their first night with the puppy, but there are a few things to do that will make life easier on both of you.
- Choose a safe location inside to put your puppy for their first night. Don’t make a big fuss of your pup, just say goodnight in a reassuring manner and pop him into his bed for the night.
- If your puppy is sleeping in a crate, place a towel over the crate to help him feel safe and enclosed.
- Try to give your puppy his night-time meal about 15-20 minutes before bedtime, taking him outside for toilet time first.
- If your puppy whimpers or barks, just tap the door to the room lightly and remind him to be quiet in a firm, but gentle voice. It will reassure your puppy that you’re never far away.
The right food for your puppy
It’s important to feed your puppy the right type and amount of food.
- Speak to your vet. They will be able to recommend the ideal amount, but generally, four small meals each day is preferable.
- Worried about their dry food intake? Don’t stress if this is all you’re feeding them, your puppy doesn’t need an elaborate meal like you would give a human. Puppies will eat almost anything you put in front of them, so where possible, try to stick with the biscuits.