March 23, 2018 – It’s National Puppy Day and the excitement over your new puppy is overwhelming. That is until the anxiety of introducing him to your new home (and new carpet) sets in! With the help of RaiseSpot.com, this can be a survivable moment for you, your puppy, and your new home in Colorado Springs!
Start training on arrival Once you’ve survived the ride home, it’s time to introduce your puppy to his new home. Make your home a relaxed and stress-free environment – keep visitors or abrupt changes in the to a minimum until your puppy is settled in.
Walking through the front door is the perfect time to start building healthy house habits and training. The first few days will offer plenty of opportunities to praise good behavior and establish you as pack leader. One of the most important things to remember is do not punish your puppy. Your puppy is to young and has no idea what you expect of him and punishing him will only create confusion and stress.
As soon as you bring puppy home, take him to the designated bathroom area, as he’ll probably need to go after the car ride. If he does eliminate, praise him to start the house training process on a good note.
Then it’s time to let him explore his new surroundings! If you’ve taken the time to puppy proof your home, he should be safe but keep an eye out. If your puppy gets into something he shouldn’t or chews on an object that’s off-limits, don’t punish him. Simply exchange the object for something you’ve designated as chewable, such as a rawhide or nylon bone.
Whenever your puppy focuses his attention on you, either by looking up at you or following you, say his name cheerfully. This connects his name to paying attention to you and marks you as pack leader, which is extremely important for obedience training.
A few hours after introducing your puppy to your Colorado Springs custom home, he should be hungry. Offer him food, preferably the same type used by the breeder or shelter where you adopted him. When he’s finished eating, head straight to the potty area and wait for him to eliminate. If nothing happens in ten minutes or so, take him back inside. If he does go, give him lots of praise.
Most puppies 8-16 weeks old need 3 to 4 meals a day and plenty of clean drinking water. Some dog breeds need more meals while some need less. Cut off all eating and drinking after six o’clock to make sure your puppy doesn’t need to go out after bedtime.
Generally, you should take your puppy outside after each meal, after he wakes up from a nap, and after a long play session. A simple rule to remember is to take your puppy’s age in months and add one to get the number of hours he should be able to wait before going out. So a 2-month old puppy can wait around 3 hours before he has to use the bathroom. Use the same area each time and be patient. If he doesn’t go, bring him back inside. If he does, then praise him. These are the beginning stages of house training.
Your puppy will need a few naps each day. You should establish different areas in your Colorado Spring home for different puppy activities including nap times. Create a confined area somewhere close by to keep an eye on him, such as the mudroom, kitchen or den. If you’re crate training your puppy, put the crate in this area with some comfortable bedding. Don’t force him into his crate. He’ll go in when he’s ready. Check on him often, and when he wakes up take him outside to the soiling area.
The first night home with your new puppy can be a trying experience for both of you. It’s the first time your puppy has spent the night away from his mother and litter mates. Because dogs are pack animals, your puppy knows instinctively that being separated from the pack is dangerous. Whining and crying at night is your puppy’s way of calling for his pack to find him. Of course it does nothing to comfort you. With a little preparation and patience, you can make the most of the first night with your puppy.
As we mentioned, take up any food or water after six or seven o’clock to make sure your puppy is running on empty when it’s time to sleep. Otherwise, you’ll be making trips to the bathroom all night, or worse, your puppy will eliminate in the house.
Shortly before you go to bed, spend some time playing with your puppy. You want him to be tired enough to sleep soundly. Definitely don’t let him nap within an hour or two of bedtime or else your puppy will be ready to play when you’re ready to sleep.
Just before bed, take your puppy outside to his soiling area and wait for him to go. When he does praise him and bring him back inside. This reinforces good behavior and continues the house training process.
If possible, you should let your puppy sleep in your bedroom to reduce the chances of whining or crying at night. Also, the constant contact throughout the night will help your puppy adjust to you and establish you as pack leader. One note of caution: Don’t let the puppy sleep in the bed with you. He’ll eventually expect to be allowed in the bed, and it can lead to numerous behavioral problems as your puppy grows.
If you are crate training, put the crate in your room and use that to confine him while he sleeps. If your puppy isn’t used to a crate, then tether him to your bed or close by and put down an old blanket or sheet. Keep the tether short. Puppies usually won’t soil the area where they sleep, but if he has the opportunity to wander he may get up and go during the night.
As a last resort, you can keep your new puppy somewhere other than your bedroom. Make sure you puppy proof your house first and put a sweatshirt or other article of your clothing with him for your scent. A ticking clock or a radio set to a low volume can also help soothe a puppy the first night home. You should check on him throughout the night for bathroom breaks. Stop puppy crying at night If and when your puppy starts crying at night, you need to decide if he has to go to the bathroom or if he’s looking for attention. If he’s been quiet for a few hours and suddenly starts to cry or whine, he may need to go out. Puppies have small bladders, so you’ll likely have to take him out at least once during the night.
If your puppy is crying and you’re sure it’s not for need of relieving himself, reach down and soothe him a little. Don’t be too doting or coddle your puppy. This will only reinforce the behavior and he’ll cry even more. If he continues to whine, a gruff “Quiet” and a quick, but gentle, shake by the scruff should settle the matter. If all else fails, ignore him. Tough love may be difficult, but eventually your puppy will learn that crying at night gets him nowhere. The more persistent you are in your approach, the quicker the situation will be resolved. If you’re stern one minute and sympathetic the next, your puppy will only be confused and his behavior will continue.
In the morning, get up right away and take your puppy outside to his soiling area. Carry him. Don’t let him walk there or he may be tempted to go before he gets outside. Let him empty everything out, and praise him when he’s finished.
Just like your new home, your new puppy will require time to get it just right! But with patience and a plan, you, your puppy, and your new home will be just fine!
About Jayden Homes: Locally owned for three decades, Jayden Homes builds custom homes across the Colorado Front Range including El Paso, Douglas, and Elbert Counties. From open concept designs to mud rooms with puppy room, we love helping our clients to design homes that fit their active Colorado lifestyles! An award-winning Colorado Springs Home Builder, Jayden Homes is a member of the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association and an accredited member of the Colorado Springs Better Business Bureau. Jayden Homes – Custom Homes since 1988.