If you know parents of infants, you have probably heard about their plans for the nursery. Paint colors, themes, bedding, and furniture are all elements of a small child’s room. Parents prepare the room for weeks before the baby is born! Everything needs to be just right for the new bundle of joy. When the baby comes home from the hospital, he or she has a designated place to sleep. The baby obviously doesn’t immediately know where to go, so the parents must show the newborn his space. Puppies are just like babies. They must be shown where to sleep, eat, and play. A puppy, like a newborn or small child, should never be “let loose” to decide where he want to be in the home. A puppy’s space should be planned and prepared just like a child’s nursery. So what can a Viera dog walker do to prepare you for the introduction of your puppy into her new home?
- Have a designated space for the puppy to sleep. If you have a dog bed, place it near your bed at night. Dogs are pack animals and generally want to sleep near their parents. I do not recommend putting the puppy in another room. Guide the puppy to the bed (or crate if you are crate training-more on that later in the book) with a treat or toy. Make the space a positive place your dog will want to sleep. DO NOT let the puppy sleep with you in your bed the first night. He might be upset he’s not on your bed, but after establishing his sleeping space, he (and you!) will sleep through the night.
- Make sure you have “puppy-proofed” your home. Remove any items (sunglasses, books, and DVDs) from the puppy’s reach. Some puppies will grow quickly, and figure out that they can reach your new sunglasses on the coffee table. Purchase toys and make sure you don’t punish the puppy when she chews something you love. They really don’t know better and are more than likely bored. Having quality chew toys will discourage chewing valuable items. Secure all chemicals and medications! If you keep cleaning supplies under the sink, purchase baby-proofing locks. Put food, treats, and any other edible items out of your puppy’s reach.
- Have a spot where you will feed your puppy. If you have other dogs, this is VERY important. Make sure you monitor the dogs when they eat and under no circumstance should they show interest in the other’s food. Keep food bowls separated several feet apart in the kitchen. A puppy may show interest in the older dog’s food, which could lead to one or the other becoming territorial over their food. Standing between the bowls at mealtime will let the dogs know that you are in charge of feeding and that they are not going to “steal” one another’s food.
- Gate any doorways and close any doors that your puppy should not enter. A puppy needs a small space to start his several weeks. Gradually introduce the puppy to new rooms after several weeks.
- Purchase all necessary items for your puppy. Food, bowls, a bed, crate, toys, and a leash need to be purchased before he comes home. Being prepared with these items will allow you to start right away on the introductions and training!
Are you thinking of bringing home a puppy?
Having a prepared home for your puppy allows for a very smooth transition for the puppy. Setting boundaries early on will help with socialization with other dogs, cats, children, people, etc. Check out the following blog for more tips on properly socializing and training your puppy!
Want to work with us? Call 321-802-4037 for virtual puppy consulting or an in-home (if in the Melbourne, Fl area) puppy-proofing consultation.