Adjusting to Your New Puppy

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Getting a new puppy is fun, but there is a lot of work involved in settling in the new member of the family. Any breed of dog you decide to buy, such as to buy teddy bear puppies online takes devotion and time to help the puppy adapt to get used to their new environment.

Leader of the Pack

Of course, you will need to purchase the following,

  • Bedding
  • Nutritious food and snacks
  • Bowls for food and water

The real work is for you and the puppy adjusting to each other.

Remember that dogs think much differently than humans do. Dogs are pack animals, and they either look for the leader to lead the pack, or they will try to lead the pack themselves. While you do not want to be too harsh, it is important for you to establish who the leader of the pack is early on in the puppy’s life.

It helps if you have another dog that is older, as this makes the transition easier, but if not, you still have to make sure the puppy understands that they are not the leader of your pack.

Puppy Proof Your Home

One important thing to do is to “puppy proof” your home. Dogs will naturally explore, and chew on or eat anything that they can get into their mouths, such as,

  • Keep all cleaning solutions or other toxic chemical materials locked

Dogs have amazing senses of smell, so just hiding these items may not be enough. Make sure that you keep out of the reach of the dog anything they can destroy by their natural need for chewing.

Dog Toys

Get the dog a few toys, just two or three, and encourage them to play with and chew on these toys. Gently scold them for chewing on other things. Gentle scolding helps the dog learn which things are “his” and which things are not. Soon the dog will only chew on things that they see as theirs.  Don’t get too many toys, no more than three.

Housebreaking

Housebreaking is a task you will have to help your dog master, and there different theories and ways to teach a dog not to go to the bathroom on your floor.

You will find it helpful to establish a routine. After eating, take the dog outside for a walk. Avoid giving the dog too many snacks, as this can help develop a rhythm as far as bathroom habits go.

While the dog is young and learning, it is important to be consistent and gently strict at all times. Dogs learn by repetition, and if you are not consistent, you will just confuse the dog.

Basic Obedience

Training your dog is to come to you when you call is vital. A great way to do this is to give the dog a small snack when your dog comes quickly after being called.  This technique will develop a habit, and the dog will start coming in hopes of getting a snack. Be consistent with the reward for a few months, and eventually you can taper off on rewards.

When you get your new puppy, use these training tips to help both you and the dog adjust to new surroundings. Learning these basic tips is a good start for your new family member.

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Comments

  1. Darcy Koch says:

    These are great tips for when you bring a puppy home. You must be willing to spend the time helping you and your puppy adjust.

  2. My Daughter is 10 and wants to rescue dogs and sheb even makes dog treats

  3. Amber Ludwig says:

    Oooh I am hoping for a puppy!! These are great tips I will keep in mind!!

  4. I have no patience for such things. A husband is enough for me.

  5. My sister can use this tips as she just got a new puppy.

  6. Jeni Tedeschi says:

    We have 7 rescues and just brought home our 8th. She is only 9 weeks old and more work than the others combined ; ) Thanks for the great tips!

  7. shannon fowler says:

    We are thinking about getting another one. We have two, and they don’t really care for each other, but they tolerate one another. We need a playmate for one because she has a ton of energy and does better when she can play with another dog. These are some goof tips to remember.

  8. Michelle Elizondo says:

    Great tips for the puppies and how to love on them.

  9. Great tips. We got a new puppy last spring. It was REALLY difficult. I felt alone. I had no clue how much work it would be. My first dog was a great dog and was really easy. This dog needs far more attention and puppy-proofing. I was really scared that I wouldn’t be able to handle it. That he would always be a brat. But…now he is 11 months old, and although he has his moments, he is a wonderful addition to the family. My tip is: hang in there, it DOES get better.

  10. Gail Williams says:

    Great tips. I like the be consistent and gently strict at all times advice. My daughter is a vet tech and has a pug that is very obedient.

  11. DENISE LOW says:

    Thank you for the tips. My son just got a new puppy. I will have to let him read these tips.

  12. donna porter says:

    Great tips. I love fur babies and can not imagine our lives without her. They can be a hand full at times…LOL

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