What to Expect in the First 24 Hours With Your New Dog
Your new dog is one of the most important things you will ever do for your family. Many new dog parents don’t think about the first 24 hours at all. They are so excited to get their new puppy home that they rush to get the first things they need to do and then the first thing they want to do. But the first 24 hours are critical. When your puppy is first home, it will need to learn about its new environment. It needs to learn where you are, what the new smells are, and what the sounds are. It will also need to learn when you are home and when you are away. The first 24 hours are when they will learn their first lessons.
Let them Settle In
While your new puppy is getting used to the house, his new family, and his new routines, you need to make sure you are settling in, too. You will have all your new supplies in your house. You need to find places for the essentials and give your puppy space. If you’re a new dog parent, you probably need to pee and poop twice a day and you’ll want a good place for that. You need to give your new puppy some quiet time and get used to your new puppy’s routines. Before you go to bed, you need to do what you need to do. This may include feeding your dog and giving it time to relax. While you are learning the ropes, don’t forget to take a few minutes to relax and unwind as well. You are likely still learning how to do these things, so it’s important to take time for your body and your dog.
Let your new puppy know exactly where you expect to be and when. You might put up a gate or a baby gate, so that the puppy can’t go into the bathroom when you are using it. Or, if you have a puppy pad outside the bathroom, put a stepstool for the puppy to stand on to go in and out of the door. Sit Ups After the first 24 hours, your puppy should be able to make it through an entire potty session without having to go back in. However, he should still have accidents. He should also know how to go to his “go” spot outside the door if he needs to. “Sit Ups” are also a great way to get dogs to go outside to the “go” spot. In my experience, puppies can’t tell the difference between “go” and “sit.” That’s why it’s important to make sure your puppy knows how to do both.
There are three phases to potty training: Watch the puppy. When your puppy is feeling safe, it will do the potty dance and do some poo in the house. At that time, it will be house-trained. In this stage of learning, if the puppy has poo, then so does the floor. Don’t be discouraged. Each puppy is different and can be more trainable in different stages. Reward the puppy when it sits or goes to the potty correctly. Gently scold it when it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. Be consistent. Once the puppy knows what to do, reward it with a toy or treats. Have one toy or treat that is for going outside and one that is for sitting and staying. They should go in the same order. Use your puppy’s puppy food to feed your puppy.
How to Use Pet Stain and Odor Remover
Take the time to get out the pet odor remover, the carpet cleaner, and the pet stain remover. You want to help get as much of the odor out as possible. Then, while the dog is getting used to its new surroundings, you can help it to learn what makes you happy. Bring a pair of your clothes to change into. Or go into another room and get changed. Give the new puppy some extra attention. Look after it and do what you need to. Then give the puppy some positive attention while it takes in the new smells. They may not even be able to understand what you are saying, but they know it makes you happy. This is all about learning. As the human. Get the Details Ready Once you’ve done the first 24 hours, you want to get the next 24 ready. Get the house set up.
Introduce Pet-Friendly Zones
When you get home from the airport, take your new pup out for a walk. Walk him or her in your neighborhood. Let him or her explore the area. Let them sniff every blade of grass. Let them learn that there are scary things in the world and that they don’t want to go near them. Let them learn that strangers can be good and that they are also good. Once you start walking your dog, put him or her in Pet-Friendly Zones. Keep them away from places where other dogs might be. Put them in areas where it is safe to play and explore. Introduce the New Family Member to the New Dog Room Dogs are creatures of habit. Your new puppy will have a predictable schedule, so it’s important to establish a predictable schedule from the first 24 hours. Break up the days into small increments.
Get Some Sleep
Most dogs are exhausted when they first get home. But you can help your puppy to rest up for the next day by letting them rest. Lay the puppy on a thick comfy towel. Cover it completely and let it go to sleep. Make sure the puppy is all covered in blankets. Place them right next to the crate. If it is a very small puppy, you can put the puppy in the crate. Get It Ready for School The next thing your puppy will want to do is get into the crate for a nap. Most puppies don’t want to spend a minute away from their new people. But you need to encourage them to sleep. Most puppies will sleep in one spot for a few hours. The first 24 hours, it will take most puppies at least that long to get settled into the home. Also, puppies will not use the crate as a separate room.