Top 5 Things to Do When Bringing Home a New Puppy
Did you recently bring home a new puppy? This blog mini-series is for you! In this post, we go over the Top 5 things you should do when bringing a new puppy home for the very first time. The brand new puppy in the pictures is Logic, the newest addition to the Zurborg family!
#1 – Show Your New Puppy Where to Go Potty
Where your new puppy goes potty for the first time is very, very important! Your puppy will go back to the first spot they choose over and over again. It’s a good idea to let your puppy explore the desired potty area thoroughly. If they don’t, bring them back to potty here every 2-3 minutes or so until they finally go. You should not let them wander the house too much on their own until they go potty! Carry the new puppy around until they have their first potty in the place that you want them to. Carrying them lessens the chances of them going potty somewhere you don’t want!
#2 – Introduce Your New Puppy to Your Other Animals
You should introduce your new puppy to your other animals in a safe manner immediately. If possible, we recommend introducing your new puppy to your other dogs in a neutral space, like a nearby park down the street. Pay attention to your other animals and make sure the puppy is not overwhelming them! You can limit their interactions to give your other animals a break from the puppy, but do introduce them right away.
#3 – Provide a Variety of Toys
Puppies get bored easily. They have short attention spans – puppies are taking in a lot of new information every second! Make sure to give your new puppy a variety of toys, including Nylabones, squeaky toys, and tennis balls. One of the biggest mistakes people make is only getting a few puppy toys. We prefer a basket full of toys and bones!
#4 – Show Your New Puppy Where to Sleep
Your puppy takes lots of naps throughout the day, so make sure to show him or her where to sleep. Give your new puppy his or her own bed and blankets. We recommend putting chew toys on your puppy’s bed. Puppies like to play, potty, chew, sleep… in that order!
#5 – Give Your Puppy His or Her Own Space
It’s a good idea to set up an area where the puppy can be left alone. X-pens (exercise pens) and crates are both excellent options. Getting your puppy used to confinement takes training and time. Get the area ready ahead of time and make it a fun place! Your puppy should eat his meals and play with toys in this area so he or she associates the space with good things. New puppies shouldn’t really be left alone for at least the first week, so you can work on this a little every day.