Bringing home a new puppy is exciting for you but can be daunting for the dog. There is lots you can do to help your puppy settle into there new home. Ideally a pup should leave there mother at seven to ten weeks old, so they have had time to learn about other dogs but still young enough for positive early experiences with humans to really count. The first few days are vital.
Before you bring your puppy home- Remember your pup is likely to feel they have been snatched away from there home. Help make tradition easier for them by leaving an old T-shirt you have worn with the breeder on your last visit before collection. With this places in the litter's bed it will make your scent familiar to them as well as absorbing the scent of there family. When you bring your pup home, collect the T-shirt and put it in there travel basket and then there den. It will comfort them as they adapt to there new environment.

Collecting my puppy- Try to collect your pup early so they have the whole day to get used to there surroundings before settling for the night. Take time off work if necessary so your pup is not left alone for at least a few days. Control how and when any children play with them and give them time to explore alone but supervised.
Bringing home a puppy- As soon as you arrive home, take the puppy into the garden and reward them as soon as they have been to the toilet. This will set the tone of positive reinforcement and let your puppy see how they should behave. Allow the puppy freedom to explore there new surroundings, but pay close attention to where they go. IT's good idea to follow them with some treats to keep their attention focused when you need it to be.
A puppy's first day
Start by taking them into the garden to the spot you want them to go toilet. Hopefully, they will oblige and be less inclined to mess in the house.
When you go indoors try keep things calm and warn any children they shouldn't expect to play with the puppy the moment they arrive.
Introducing them to the room where they are going to spend most of there time, and there bed, and spend some time quietly getting to know them.
Then leave them alone for a nap.
A puppy's first night
Some puppies settle straight to sleep but many cry during the first night in a strange place, in which case it may be kinder to allow them to sleep near you to begin with. Try to make the process of teaching your puppy to sleep alone a gradual one.
Let them sleep in a puppy crate near your bed; if they wake speak reassuringly but don't touch them.
They should begin to sleep through when they realise they won't be petted or played with.
Gradually move the crate from your bed to the room you want them to sleep in. Do this in stages: say to the bedroom door, the landing, down the stairs and so on. The patterns set in the first few weeks of a new routine can set the tone for good, or at least become very hard to break.
A puppy's first week
Give your puppy every chance to become a happy member of the household.
Draw up a rota so every family member has time with the puppy and some responsibility for them. This can include things like feeding and grooming, as well as taking him out to toilet.
Take your puppy to the vet for a check up and discuss there vaccinations and worming programme. Also ask weather the surgery runs puppy parties so they can begin socialisation.
Don't make any changes to there diet until they have settled in; then do so gradually.
Encourage your puppy to chew the right things by providing them with there own toys. Don't let children leave their toys lying around as the puppy may not be able to tell the difference at first.
If you have excitable children in the house ask them to respect the puppy's needs by not waking them if they are sleeping and not pulling them around.
Enrol in reward-based training classes. Ask your vet or other owners for recommendations.
How can i help my puppy to calm down?
One of the best life skills to teach a dog of any age is how to settle in the house, or anywhere else you need them to.
This is a really easy exercise to teach but one that should included in your training from the very start of your life together. Start when your dog is already settled after a walk or playtime is perfect. If you try do this exercise when your dog is full of energy or is anticipating a walk, you are setting them up to fail.
Make sure there is a comfortable spot next to you, either a bed or fleecy cushion that your dog already likes, where they can lie.
Attach a lightweight lead to your dog's flat collar and then either put your foot on it , or attach it to the chair you're sitting on. The lead shouldn't be pulling them on the floor or even pulling to be next to you just make sure it's short enough so they can't jump up on you or wander around and find more interesting things to do.
Now sit down and relax. No matter what your dog does, ignore them. They might bark, or chew the lead or pull at it, but just carry on watching Tv until they get bored and eventually settles. Some dogs do this quickly, while others take longer, but don't be tempted to give up on them a cue to lay down. You want them to choose to settle down themselves.
As soon as they do (whether they are on there bed or not), give them a treat as a very clear signal of reward, and continue to reward them on occasion while they are settled. If they get up, go back to ignoring them again until they settle and reward again.
If you have a very food-orientated dog, you may prefer to reward them by stroking them or giving them a nice ear rub when they have settled, as they may not relax if they are anticipating another treat. Do what works best for your dog.
Start slowly. Only expect your dog to stay settled of 30 seconds or so before unclipping the lead and finishing the exercise. You can then build up to longer periods. Always vary the length of time so your dog isn't anticipating being realised , and is more likely to just settle down and rest. Once they understand the settle, most dogs will take the opportunity to have a snooze.
Once your pup has settled of there own accord practise it in lots of different places so you will have a dog who will settle anywhere
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