Proper introductions are always in order when a new puppy comes home. He may be very scared and intimidated at first, but if you just give him a day or so to adjust to his new surroundings, he should come around. Make sure that you allow him the space to grasp his new home before beginning introductions and allowing everybody to hold and caudle him. Remind children that the puppy is scared and that he misses him mom; this always seems to create a sense of calm and reassurance with children. When the puppy begins to come around more, you can start playing and cuddling with him, but be sure that you are being relaxed and easy going so you won’t scare him. It is always good to introduce puppies to one person at a time and then slowly move on to any pets in the home after that. When introducing him to children, make sure they remain gentle and always try not to toss the baby around from person to person too much. Let him relax as much as possible. He will probably be pretty stressed anyways with all the chaos he isn’t used to.
Make sure that when you introduce the puppy to other animals in the house that they will be gentle with him as a new pet they have never met. The stage at which you bring your puppy home will be one of the most influential stages of his life. This is the phase where a puppy retains the most information. Anything that happens to him during this time will stick with him well, so it is very important that you make his experiences positive. For example, if the cat is likely to claw him, maybe it would be best to hold off on kitty introductions for a while. However, introducing him to any friendly dogs in the home may actually help him adjust better into his new surroundings.
There are many ways in which you can make your new puppy comfortable. Most people have experienced the screaming puppy in the middle of the night, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have another dog, let that dog spend time where the puppy is. If not, put a hot water bottle inside an old stuffed toy for comfort. Another great way to help your puppy adjust is to always have treats readily available for all household members to distribute to him when they choose.
It isn’t smart to wait too long before implementing some training techniques with your puppy, but you can give him a little bit of time to relax and adjust before you toss him into learning mode. If you ever have any questions or behavior problems, speak to a local obedience instructor or animal behaviorist. Above all else, make sure you have patience with your new addition. Puppies take work, but if you take your time and be patient, you’ll soon have a mature adult dog that respects and adores you.
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