Bringing Home a New Puppy
Getting Off on the Right Paw
When you pick up your pup, remember to ask what and when he was fed. Replicate that schedule for at least the first few days to avoid gastric distress. If you wish to switch to a different brand, do so over a period of about a week by adding one part new brand to three parts of the old for several days; then switch to equal parts; and then one part old to three parts new.
From the start, consistency is important. On the way home, Puppers should ride in the back seat, in a crate or carrier.
Once home, folks who plop the excited newcomer on the Oriental and let the kids chase him will be mopping up in no time-and regretting the lesson they taught their new pup. Instead, take him to his toileting area immediately.
From there, carry out your schedule for feeding, toileting, napping, and play/exercise. From Day One, your pup will need family time and brief periods of solitary confinement. Solitude may be new to Puppers, so he may vocalize concern. Don't give in and comfort him or you may create a monster. "Gee, if making noise brought them running once, maybe more whimpering is needed to get their attention again," reasons the pup. Give him attention for good behavior, such as chewing on a toy or resting quietly.
Doing things correctly from the start prevents confusion. Through puppy preparedness, you are one step closer to your Dream Dog.