There is no denying the fact that caring for a new puppy is a full-time job. It is as engaging and rewarding as caring for a newborn human baby. The only difference between a human baby and a puppy is the fact that you need to start the training process as soon as you bring the latter home. This is where the additional responsibilities come in. Let us find out what else is in store for the new pet parent in you.
The Ride Back Home
This is probably the first time your puppy will be traveling in a car and it goes without saying that you ought to make it as smooth as possible. It will experience new sights and smells for the first time and all of it can be quite an overwhelming experience. Therefore, plan things ahead and take leave for a couple of days after bringing the puppy home.
The most important thing to have while taking your puppy home would be a familiar object that it has been around while at the crate or the shelter. It will keep your puppy calm and will make him feel at home.
Have things like a leash and a collar, towels, carriers, extra supplies at hand. Always ask the authorities at the shelter or the breeder himself for vaccination and veterinarian visit records.
A crate is the safest way to carry your puppy back home. Line the crate with soft towels and place your puppy in it. The journey might not be pleasant despite having everything planned beforehand but that is how beginnings generally are.
Be Prepared To Take Breaks
While going back home, be prepared to stop and take frequent bathroom breaks for your puppy; especially if the distance between the shelter and your home is longer.
A puppy that is less than 3 months old will not be able to hold back urine for more than a couple of hours.
It is advisable to let your puppy relieve itself before its bladder is full because it might become uncomfortable otherwise. Try stopping within the first hour. Take extreme care while stopping for bathroom breaks and avoid using areas that might have been used by other dogs.
This is because your puppy’s immune system is still developing and his vaccinations might not have been completed. It always runs the risk of contracting air-borne and water-borne diseases.
A New Home
Your puppy is likely to be scared and might tremble when introduced to a whole new area with new faces, sights, smells and sounds that are not familiar at all. This is why it is important to keep your home ready for the puppy.
All the members of the household should be ready to welcome the new puppy with as little noise and movements as possible. Sudden noises can startle a puppy and make it even more scared. If you have more pets at home, keep them on a different floor or in a different room, if possible. Before leaving the shelter house, ask them for the food that they have been feeding your puppy.
Bring along some a couple of cans or have the same brand and flavor stocked at home before the puppy arrives. Not all puppies adapt to changes in food that well.
Be prepared to sleep through the short naps that your puppy takes and to keep up through your puppy’s sleepless nights. The sleep cycle of a puppy is quite similar to that of a human baby.
Apart from its sleep cycle, you need to be prepared to start training your pup right away. A lot of shelter houses and breeders start training as early as 2-3 weeks and if you have adopted your puppy from a reputable place, it is likely that he is trained for urine. However, if he isn’t, you must start as soon as possible. Pee and potty training, if done early, is half the battle won.
Find a place where your puppy can pee every 1-2 hours and keep taking him or her to this designated place all through the day so that a pattern develops.
In the first 24 hours of bringing home a new puppy, the biggest challenge is to make him or she feel at home and the rest will eventually fall into place.