Here are our top tips for bringing home your new puppy and setting them up for success in your new home.
If you already have a canine companion, you would have been encouraged to meet the new puppy with your existing dog already. Before bringing your pup home, a walk for the existing dog can be a beneficial activity to drain excited energy and allow it to be calmer when you return with the newcomer. Despite having met before, you will still need to re-introduce your dog to the puppy. The back garden is ideal as the puppy may need to toilet or could just have a nervous wee due to all his new experiences.
If all is fine and the existing dog is not territorial, you should be able to walk them into the home environment together. Be alert to both dogs’ body language and be mindful that they may need some space on their own. Allow the existing dog to have its prize possession and favourite bed. Put the new addition’s bed with the transition bedding and toys in a different area for a week or so to ensure there are no territory disputes. You might confine your new pup to a secure laundry or a training crate. You might want them sleeping next to your bed from the first night. Your puppy will more than likely not be toilet trained, so some confinement expedites toilet training and ensures all pets and possessions are safe (refer to Dr Ian Dunbar’s e-books. “Before You Get A Puppy” & “After You Get A Puppy”).
The pup will need 2-3 meals a day and it will be important to feed the pup his extra meals out of view of the older one. Food can be a trigger for even placid dogs so best to be overcautious and supervise during mealtimes and even when giving treats.
Please remember your new puppy is a baby who looks to you for guidance and instruction. It is an enormous change in t