Saturday, August 25, 2007

Puppy's First Night in a New Home

Puppies At Seven Weeks

In two weeks these seven week old puppies will be spending their first night in their new homes. How successful thier first night will be, will depend a lot on the preparation given to them by their breeder and the planning of their new owner. The first thing the new owner can do to help prepare is to carefully plan the date of pick up for their puppy. It should be a time when you can spend uninterrupted time with your new puppy. Perhaps a Friday afternoon, so you can spend the whole weekend. Or if you have vacation time the beginning of your vacation. It should be a time when there are no holidays, special events, parties or extra guests so you can spend time with your new puppy.

When you pick up your puppy make sure to ask the breeder about the puppy's routine. Here puppies have a regular schedule. They eat breakfast at 9am, lunch at 1pm, dinner at 6pm. They go out after dinner and just before bedtime. They go to bed between 9pm and 10pm. The routine is a biscuit, I say good night, and turn out all the lights. There is no night light. The puppies know that a dark room means sleep time and they go to sleep.

Ask your breeder what their routine is and then try to adapt to it. If it does not suit your lifestyle make changes gradually. Puppies should sleep in crates or exercise pens, for their own safety and the safety of your posessions. You can have newspaper in the bottom of the crate, a small bucket of water clipped to the side of the crate and a chew bone. They should be able to sleep through the night if their schedule is followed.

Before putting your new puppy to bed, however, make sure you play with the puppy and give it some excercise. A few laps around the yard is fine and a little game of playing ball should do it for an 8- 10 week old puppy. Do not take your puppy on the street or to a park or out of your yard until it has had it's second shot. Just play in the house or yard. A half hour to 45 minutes of play should get the puppy tired for a good nights sleep.

Now put the puppy to bed. If the crate is in your bedroom that is fine. If the puppy barks ignore it for at least five minutes. Then if you think the puppy needs to go out take it out to potty. Do not play with it or talk to it. This is an exercise break not play time. Put the puppy back in the crate and let it go to sleep. Ignore noise. If you keep playing with puppy, puppy will get the idea that through barking they can get you up. Do not be tempted. The next night will be easier!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was very helpful!