The first week with a new puppy can be hectic, but there are many things you can do to make it easier on yourself. Before you pick up your new puppy, you should first “puppy-proof” the area of your home where the majority of training will be.
If you are thinking of getting a new puppy, then the first thing to do is prepare your home for them. This means “puppy-proofing” in advance. A good way to start is by cleaning up any loose items that might be tempting to chew on, such as shoes, electrical wires, clothes, and remote controls. You should also think about where they will sleep and what their eating area will be like so you can make sure there’s nothing dangerous around those areas either. Finally, make sure you have a crate or other place for them when they’re not supervised by an adult human being because this will keep them safe from harm while also teaching them how to behave when left alone.
Before you bring your puppy home there are also a few things you should purchase.
What To Buy Before You Get Your Puppy
- A baby gate or x-pen for creating a confined space for your puppy for when you can’t supervise.
- Chewies like chilly bone sticks which will satisfy your puppies need to chew and also ease their growing pains. You should avoid anything with rawhide and plastic so they don’t choke.
- A leash and harness that will fit around their small bodies. Never use a choke collar, prong collar, or e-collar on a puppy, and avoid retractable leashes… at least in the beginning.
- Nature’s Miracle or a related enzymatic cleaner for removing leftover pheromones from any potty accidents.
- Puppy chow as well as treats. Choose high-quality brands that aren’t full of grain fillers. Treats should include some “high-value” options such as human-grade chicken breast, hotdog, turkey, or another lean meat or cheese. Baby food in a meat, squash, or potato flavor is always popular.
Crate training takes advantage of your dog’s natural instincts to seek out a comfortable, quiet, and safe place when the environment around them becomes too loud or overwhelming. It’s an important tool in preventing dogs from chewing on items in the home or during housetraining.
Creating A Routine
When you first bring your new puppy home, it is important to keep them on a schedule so they know when they will be fed, played with, and given treats. This way you don’t spend all of your weekends training them! Have friends over when you aren’t home so your puppy has some company and practice being polite. You should also have friends over who are kids, so the pup gets used to noise and smells earlier. Training will take some time but soon enough your pup will be house trained and knows basic commands like “sit” and “stay” which will make life a lot easier for both of you.
Puppies are adorable and fun when they’re little, but it can be a lot of work. Luckily there are things you can do to make the first week smoother so your puppy doesn’t spend all their time and energy getting used to new environments rather than learning how to behave in them.