Bringing home a new puppy is a time of great excitement! And the first 48 hours are crucial to acclimating your pup to your life. So plan accordingly! Think about it: pups may have just left their mom and siblings and will likely be stressed. They may have an upset stomach from switching food brands or a ride in the car. They may be lonely. Block off a couple of days so that you can start getting your puppy onto a schedule as efficiently as possible, and try these four things to keep him comfortable and safe in his new home:
Put a leash on the party animals: We know that bringing home a pup is exciting, and all of your friends are sure to want to come and meet the new addition to your family. But curb the urge to have a puppy party too soon. Give your pup at least a few days and have a visit with his vet to make sure that his health is OK for visitors before introducing him to two- and four-legged friends!
Track his potty habits: Grab a notebook and mark down when you’ve fed your pup, when you’ve taken him outside (and if he’s gone to the bathroom or not) and if he’s had any accidents in the house. This will help you figure out his patterns so you can develop a good schedule, which will make housebreaking easier. Want to learn more about potty training? Check out my tips!
Sink his teeth in appropriate toys: Puppies explore the world with their mouths…and nothing you can do will stop that! So instead of trying to break them of chewing, make sure that you have plenty of appropriate chew toys so that when they have the urge to chew, they have the proper outlet to do so! Some of our favorites are KONG® and Orbee-Tuff® toys.
Exercise caution when exercising: A tired pup is a good pup…but exercise safely! Especially if you have a large or giant breed puppy who has a lot of growing to do. To avoid risking injury to sensitive growing muscles, bones and joints, exercise your pup on soft surfaces like grass, sand or carpet. And keep him from engaging in high-impact exercises like jumping, running and bouncing around on hard surfaces like concrete or tile floors.
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