So, now that you’ve gone out and took action. Now that you have that little buttercup in your arms. You might be wondering, well. What now??
And that’s why “Tada“! We’re here to make sure that your baby buttercup gets the best butter in his cup after he’s brought to his home (well maybe not literally ;p).
Here’s seven things you should do after you get your very first puppy
1. Show him around
Let’s say you were to stay in a new random place for the rest of your life. But for some reason, you arrived at that place with your eyes closed throughout the whole journey. And were hoisted onto the couch of the living room with no clue of what the heck is going on. How would you feel? Exactly! A puppy is a very curious little creature. And will very much appreciate if it was shown its neighbourhood first (So that he does not freak out when he sees aunt Molly with her broomstick for the first time ;p). So bottom line take your puppy around the block and let him explore a bit (not too much though) so that he’s comfortable with his new surroundings and gets an Idea of where he’s going to live and also what are the boundaries as well as the limits.
2. “Puppy-Proof” your house
As already mentioned. Puppies are very curious, they can and will explore every inch of your room if allowed. They can reach places where you can’t (duh) so be extra prepared to not to leave anything that can cause trouble. A good practice is to crawl (yes like a baby) and see if there’s anything lying around which can potentially hurt your pup or you don’t want it to be chewed. So basically proofread your home from the perspective of a dog. Moreover, you can set up a baby gate to prevent the puppy from reaching certain parts of the house.
3. Take care of his food
Now, like it or not. Your puppy will need food to function. Yea, its like battery for puppies :). Okay so jokes apart. First of all, before bringing your dog home that little guy was most likely eating some kind of puppy food which the kennel (or wherever you got your puppy from) was feeding. So contact the kennel and get information on the puppy feed. And get the same one for yourself (for now). And give him the quantity and consistency which it was used to.
If you want to change the feed. Just span it over a period of time and mix a certain amount of previous and the new puppy feed. I would not recommend to change it suddenly cause your puppy might refuse to eat. So a good practice is to start mixing a little amount of the new feed with the current feed and then gradually increasing the quantity till the whole feed is changed.
4. Introduce to his den a.k.a the crate
You will need to train your puppy. But its less likely to happen at this stage. Anyways we have to start somewhere, so we do that by getting him to his very own puppy crate. Dogs love confined space, so don’t think its a punishment. Start off by putting him in his crate. Now that he’s more unlikely to get outta hand. His basic training can begin. Mostly it helps with the first few nights. A puppy most likely will not get accustomed to his bed very easily. But with crate it’s different. With a crate, a puppy easily gets to know that he’s got some space allocated for him and hence it feels secure. And be sure to keep his crate around your bedroom. So that he’s more comfortable during sleep time.
5. Prepare for the nights!
Puppies are very likely to cry in the first few nights. So if that’s your pup as well. Don’t worry its very normal. It’s okay to ignore the first few cries cause usually it settles down after that. But remember puppies have a tendency to do their work (you know) more often cause they have less bladder space, therefore less capacity. So if your pup is crying like crazy in the middle of the night, which is again very likely to happen. You might want to take him to a spot where he can empty himself. Or better yet let him do his thing on the way! (jk) but it happens so yea, please be quick ;).
And also make sure to keep your pup warm and cozy through the night, cause young puppies are not so great at controlling their body temperature. And it also keeps them quiet & comfy so it’s a win-win! What do you say?
6. Potty train (Very Important)
Ever wondered how wonderful it would look! If you wake up and found pee & poop everywhere around your house? And not to mention the amazing scent it would carry with it. Well maybe not. So to make sure that never happens to you. Train your dog to do his dirty work in a suitable place.
I’ll give you some tips
- Choose a place where you can take your dog daily for the task. Preferably an open yard or a grass patch. Don’t worry too much about it cause your dog will choose his place for himself when he likes it. But make sure it is ok for the task.
- Take your puppy to that same exact area every time its time for him to poop and also an hour or two after a meal. So that he gets accustomed to that area and knows that this place is cool for doing it.
- Give your pup treats and also some belly scratches when he does it right. So that he keeps coming back to that place but this time wagging his tail. Knowing he’s doing something good like a good boy :).
Along with potty training, I would also recommend you to teach some of the basic stuff like sit and down. And also help him get comfortable around other family member and pets (but gradually).
7. Construct a robust routine
Your puppy is new to the pack and is not aware of your daily life and your schedules and neither of his own. So, you gotta take the first steps and create a routine for your puppy’s care, training, feeding, walks and all that good stuff. It is very crucial cause your dog is a family member now. Your puppy should know when its time to sleep and to train. So that for one your puppy isn’t clueless and for two, you know which part of your day you’re going to spend for the daily necessities of your dog. So that everything stays intact.
Bottom-line create a flexible plan and stick to it. For mutual benefits.
So hopefully now you have some idea what you will be doing for the next few days as basic so that your puppy can settle comfortably in his new environment. Good Luck on this new journey of you and your buttercup :)!