A big part of socializing your dog outside of the home is teaching him boundaries inside your home. Bringing the new puppy into your home for the first time needs to go well, or you might end up with a dog who is very difficult to train and socialize. As we go through the blog series, “Puppy Socialization 101,” we will eventually discuss introducing your dog to other dogs. Your puppy needs manners first, and an intro to a new dog may go ok initially, but will go much better if your new puppy is trained and has manners in place.
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As you pull into the driveway, you are anticipating how your new fur child will react once she is inside your home. Will she pee on the floor? Will she adjust quickly to the home? Remember that you are in control and your puppy will follow your lead (just provide it).
What do you do when you first bring home a puppy?
- Remember that your puppy can walk. Please do not carry him inside, but let him go potty in a designated area. If you have a fenced-in yard, keep him on a leash and allow him to relieve himself. Give him 10 minutes and if he doesn’t go, bring him into the house. Keep him on the leash and let him sniff a designated area in the home (choose this area prior to bringing home the puppy). I recommend an area close to the back door where he will wait to go when he needs to potty. After several minutes in the house, he should need to go this time. Go back to the yard and praise him when he goes potty! Now is a great time to start using his name.
- If you are crate training (highly recommended) your puppy, place toys and/or treats in the crate. She should not be placed in the crate, but lead to it. Make the crate experience a fun one! Patience and praise go a long way when crate training. Some dogs take to a crate right away, while others will take a few days to really get used to a crate.
- Your puppy will cry at night, and you need to let her relieve herself then go back to the crate (or bed) to sleep. This will need to happen a few times at night for a few weeks, and I promise it gets better!
- If you have other dogs, introduce them outside of the home. The backyard is fine, but try to go on a 10-15 minute walk around the block. When you come back home, keep the puppy close to you (or on his leash).
- The puppy is not a baby, and can walk on his own. When family members become used to holding the puppy, the puppy knows she can be held when she cries, whines, or even bites/nips someone. This is NOT a habit anyone needs to start with a new dog.
Keep a routine for your new family member, and manners will come easily to her. We are here to help! Call us at 321-802-4037 for virtual puppy consulting or in-home consulting if you live in the Melbourne, Florida area.