Introducing a Puppy to the Household
There is always an adjustment bringing a new puppy or dog into the household. The puppy is leaving its former home, mother, and littermates. Dogs less than 12 weeks of age should bond quickly with new family members. When bringing a new dog home for the first time it is nice to take the dog on a short walk to expel some energy and hopefully eliminate before bringing him/her into the home for the first time. It is best to set up dogs for success in a new home; so supervise the dog and confine it to a dog proof place until he/she has learned what they are allowed to chew on and where they should eliminate. Keep your puppy off carpets until completely housebroken as they can be mistaken for grassy outdoors. At first you may want to keep the dog on a 10 foot leash to keep him in sight and teach him not to wander off.
Anytime the puppy cannot be supervised leave her in a secure area. You can choose a crate, collapsible pen, or a carefully dog-proofed room. A crate should be large enough for a dog to comfortably turn around in with room to spare – make sure you get one that is large enough to accommodate a growing puppy and to keep your dog happy. Dogs should like to be in their space. Provide comfortable bedding, chew toys or other toys, and it is good to feed meals in the crate to make it a pleasurable place. Each time the puppy is confined it first should be exercised and given the opportunity to eliminate before going to its “den”.
Every effort should be made to avoid punishment for puppies, as it generally unnecessary and can lead to avoidance of family members at a time when bonding is critical. Supervision and confinement and setting your dog up for success should be sufficient.
Puppies are teething and need to chew, get something that they are allowed to chew on and tell them “No!” if they start to chew something else, and then direct them to an appropriate thing to chew.
Greenfield Animal Hospital New Puppy Services include:
- puppy vaccinations
- internal parasite testing and treatment
- external parasite exam – fleas, ticks, mites
- puppy behavioral concerns
- housebreaking advise
- crate training
- puppy proofing your house
- micro-chipping for identifying your puppy if he gets lost
- dietary guidance for puppies and dogs
- heartworm prevention
- flea and tick prevention
- spay/neutering advise