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What To Expect When Bringing Home a New Puppy

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What to Expect When Bringing My New Puppy Home

Little puppies are very welcome additions to many homes. Adopting a new furry family member brings a lot of smiles and fun. It also requires a lot of patience.

A new puppy will need to be house-trained, taught commands, comforted and loved. Patience and consistency are the two main concerns when training a puppy.

Cuddling With Another Puppy Brings Comfort

The first lonely nights are the hardest for your new little one.  If you have two, then they can cuddle and snuggle together.

The first lonely nights are the hardest for your new little one. If you have two, then they can cuddle and snuggle together.

The First Night: Why is He Whining All Night?

The excitement of bringing home a young puppy can quickly wane when you are trying to sleep and the puppy is whining and howling at the top of his tiny lungs.

First of all, this is normal. This little puppy has been separated from the only home that it's ever known. Most likely he has been separated from his mom and siblings.

At night time, it is quite a different story. If you are containing him in a crate or small room such as a utility room, he will begin to truly miss his mom and littermates, as well as you. He will express this by whining, barking, howling, or even scratching at the door.

There are a few things that you can do to help with his loneliness that does not involve putting an untrained puppy in your bed to wet it all night long.

Things that can bring him comfort:

  • Give him some sort of puppy-safe bedding. Along with the bedding, a soft dog toy that he can lie with will mimic his littermates.
  • You can put a small analog clock nearby (but not in bed with him). The ticking sound is similar to the heartbeat that he listened to with his mom. You may also try a white noise machine.
  • Try to play with him and tire him out beforehand so that he is ready to sleep.
  • Make sure that the room isn't too cold. He's used to the warmth of his mom.
  • Try to get him to relieve himself before putting him in his sleeping area.

Also, at night do not leave out food for him. Small puppies eat and then need to go potty quickly after they eat. This will begin to teach him to not use his bed as his bathroom.

New Addition to the Family

Eight-week-old dachshund puppy

Eight-week-old dachshund puppy

Why Does My Puppy Chew On Everything?

You survived those first two nights. Your pup is starting to adapt to its new environment. He's starting to feel good about exploring his new home.

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Now he starts playing, getting regular sleep, eating... and CHEWING!

A puppy teethes just like a baby will teethe. We give teething rings to babies. Similarly, a puppy needs to massage his gums to help with the teeth coming in. There are many teething toys to choose from in your local store or on Amazon.

Rawhides are also another choice, though I would steer clear of the kind that is small pieces stuck together to form rings or sticks. These tear up quickly and leave a mess behind. I prefer the square/rectangle-shaped solid piece rawhides. They work nicely and last longer. Those that are tied to look like the shape of a bone are fine, but tend to unravel and can be too big for some small dogs.

Teething toys are good, but unless they're made with a bacon flavor or something similar, the dog will usually prefer your favorite pair of sandals.

The idea is to have enough chew toys handy, so that when they get the urge to chew they have better options.

I would keep anything of value that could be chewed up away from the puppy. They see them as good options for teething relief. They do not realize that it is valuable to you. This will save you a world of problems and frustrations.

Chew Toys Are Your Friend!

A puppy teethes just like a baby.  They need something to chew on to discourage them from chewing on your shoes, furniture, etc.

A puppy teethes just like a baby. They need something to chew on to discourage them from chewing on your shoes, furniture, etc.

How Do I Even Begin To Potty Train?

If you bring your puppy home as early as six weeks, you will want to begin a consistent routine. This allows the puppy to begin to know what to do and when to do it. House-training takes a whole lot of patience and consistency. It will not happen overnight. It may take months. You should begin to see signs that he is catching on. Accidents will definitely happen, but patience, consistency and a few pointers will work towards your goal of a house trained dog.

Helpful ideas to begin with...

  1. Right after a young puppy eats, you will need to take him to his potty area. You can choose to do wee-wee pads or take him outside.
  2. When you take your puppy to the safe place to potty, use the same words: "Go outside" or "Go potty." They will pick up on these words and eventually race to where they are heading just from your words alone.
  3. Having your puppy in a size-appropriate crate will help in your training. A puppy does not want to soil their bedding so they will begin to hold it until they are free of the crate. By size-appropriate, I'm referring to a crate only big enough that they can comfortably lay down, stand up and turn around. Larger crates allow for them to soil one end and sleep on the other end. You want them to begin to realize that it is not the place to use the restroom.
  4. Crates should be used when you are not actively monitoring your puppy. Once you get him from his crate, take him straight to his restroom area. This lets him know that as soon as he is out of his cage it is safe to potty. Use the same words as signals, as mentioned before.
  5. The harder a puppy plays, the more likely they are to forget and squat wherever they are. Do not forget potty breaks during playtime as well. They have tiny bladders so have to go frequently. It is better to take them too often than not enough.
  6. When a puppy has an accident on your carpet or tile, you will need to use some pet odor eliminator. This will help remove the scent that now says, "It's okay to potty here."
  7. When you crate them for the evening, again, always use the same word: "Go night-night" or something similar. My young one hears that and runs to her crate. She loves her crate at night. It is her safe space with her stuffed animal and fuzzy blanket.

Do not think of the crate as punishment. Once they get used to the comfort of it with "their" things, they will enjoy a quiet place to take a nap, away from the hustle and bustle. I suggest covering the crate with a thin blanket on three sides to make it more dark and closed in. They tend to like the feeling of safety this provides. It lets them sleep without worrying about being awakened or threatened.

Working With Puppy Now Pays Off Later

If you stay consistent and methodical with your puppy, have a little patience, and take a little extra time, before long, your new furry friend will learn everything you taught him - lessons he'll take with him for the rest of his life.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 April McMichael

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