SET­TLING YOUR PUPPY IN A NEW HOME

When mov­ing house some­times we over­look that ex­tra fam­ily mem­ber.

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NEW homes can be un­set­tling for your puppy. New noises, smells and sur­round­ings can take its toll on your dog who may get lit­tle sleep for the first few nights.

Like hu­mans, pup­pies will need a bit of time ad­just­ing to a new en­vi­ron­ment.

With a bit of time and pa­tience, these tips can help you set­tle your puppy into a new home as quickly as pos­si­ble.

RENT­ING? EN­SURE YOUR PET IS AC­CEPTED

♦ If you rent a prop­erty, it’s im­por­tant to en­sure your puppy as ac­cepted by those around you.

♦ A large num­ber of rental prop­er­ties on the mar­ket are not pet-friendly, and will out­right re­ject any rental ap­pli­ca­tions if you own a pet. Many own­ers have tried to keep their pet a secret- of­ten with­out suc­cess- lead­ing to pet evic­tion in se­vere cases.

♦ In­tro­duce your pet to neigh­bours. They are much less likely to com­plain if they are fa­mil­iar with your pet

♦ Be hon­est with your land­lord about any ac­ci­dents

♦ Have a plan to deal with any pet waste. A waste man­age­ment plan will make your pet less of a nui­sance to your land­lord

♦ Min­imise noise from your an­i­mal. Your neigh­bours won’t be very happy if your bark­ing dog is keep­ing them up at night. This can be done through reg­u­lar train­ing and exercise.

BE PA­TIENT

This is cru­cial to en­sur­ing your puppy be­comes fully house-trained. When you first take your pet home, don’t let it roam around in the open. In­tro­duce it to a smaller area of the home, such as the laun­dry or bath­room and al­low it ex­plore from there.

SET­TLING IN YOUR PUPPY

Be pa­tient with train­ing. Praise the dog for do­ing the cor­rect ac­tions and use re­ward based dog train­ing. By giv­ing your dog a treat with ev­ery pos­i­tive ac­tion, it will as­so­ciate the happy praise with food and it will be­come its own re­ward. This is the same way you toi­let train a dog. By prais­ing and re­ward­ing your dog with treats ev­ery time it wees out­side, it will even­tu­ally stop mak­ing a mess in­side.

IN­TRO­DUCE YOUR DOG TO ITS BED

♦ Like ba­bies, pup­pies may have up to 19 hours of sleep a day.

♦ Set up a com­fort­able bed in a con­fined area. Ideally, this should be in an area of the house where your dog can hear other fam­ily mem­bers.

♦ When your pet is in the bed, spend a few min­utes pet­ting and com­fort­ing your pet to en­cour­age sleep time.

♦ It will only be a mat­ter of time be­fore they are sound asleep in their new beds.

USE PUPPY PENS

Puppy pens are great for those with busier life­styles. The pens can be con­fig­ured to make a con­fined area where the pup­pies can sleep, to en­sure they aren’t roam­ing around un­su­per­vised.

Pup­pies might also view their own­ers as their pack leader and fol­low them around the house. While hav­ing your pet fol­low you is a great sign of af­fec­tion, it can get in the way if you are in a hurry.

A sim­ple pet pen will al­low him to be alone and may even give him the chance to get some much needed rest. Just en­sure that you don’t leave your pet in the pen for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time.

PRO­VIDE DOGGY EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

It’s as­ton­ish­ing how much dam­age a bored dog can do when home alone. En­sure your dog has plenty of toys to keep it­self oc­cu­pied dur­ing the day, to avoid dam­aged fur­ni­ture and torn cloth­ing. If you ever see a dog chew­ing some­thing it shouldn’t, don’t pun­ish it. Ex­change it for a dog toy or rawhide bones in­stead.

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