Puppy's First Night
are good that the first night your puppy is in his new home, both of you will
get little sleep. You can hardly blame your puppy for having difficulty
sleeping. Dogs are creatures of habit and routine. Your puppy will miss his
mother and littermates and will feel uncomfortable in his new surroundings until
he forms a bond with you. Like a young child, your puppy has little control over
his emotions and even though he may cry, scolding him will do nothing but cause
him to fear you. If your puppy cries for you to come to him for the first few
nights, your constant appearance, whether to comfort or scold, will only serve
to reinforce the fact that he can make you appear with his cries.
is important that your pup has a safe place to sleep, free from drafts and harm.
Many owners have their puppy asleep in an exercise pen, and although this can be
a good choice, many puppies settle down quicker and sleep more soundly when they
are snug and warm in a crate. Once your pup is older, out of the chewing stage,
and completely housebroken, chances are that he will rarely use a crate
except to travel.
you can't bear to hear your puppy cry throughout the night, you might want to
take the soft-hearted approach and place his crate next to your bed. There, he
will know that you are near, and you can place your fingers into the crate and
soothe him if he whines during the night. Most puppies will quickly go to sleep;
however, some determined pups might refuse to settle down. If you become very
irritated with your pup, place the crate in a separate room in your home and
leave the puppy there for the night with a small amount of food and a little
water. Never hit your puppy for crying.
Here are a few puppy care tips that may help your puppy feel more comfortable during his first
night. When you arrange to pick up your puppy, ask the breeder for a soft toy or
cloth that was with the puppy's mother and littermates, and place it in his
sleeping quarters. The familiar smell can be comforting to the pup. You can also
leave a dim night-light on so the pup can see his bowl if he becomes hungry or
thirsty. (Be sure not to leave too much food or water overnight, or the pup will
probably awake because he has to potty.)
your pup is having trouble sleeping soundly in his crate, place a sheet over the
front door of the crate. Leave the side air holes uncovered. The pup will soon
learn that when the door is covered, it is time to sleep for the night. If your
puppy sleeps in the same area as another dog, he will settle down much quicker,
taking his cue from his new friend.
people choose to allow their pups to sleep in bed with them. Remember, this will
quickly become a habit that will be difficult to break later. If you allow you
puppy to sleep in bed with you, make sure that this is something you want to
continue when the pup is fully grown. It is easier to train a young pup, than to
retrain a grown adult dog.
Puppies will get into as much mischief as you allow. They
are inherently curious
and extremely determined once they have put their mind to something. Your puppy
will need a safe place of his own to explore and play during the day when he is
not with you. This area should be in a location that is near you so the puppy
can observe the household activities going on around him. An easy-to-clean
flooring such as vinyl or ceramic tile is a must until he is fully housebroken.
Just as a human child will pick up objects and put them in his mouth, so will a
puppy. Be sure that any item that is small enough to choke on, or can be chewed
into smaller pieces and swallowed, is out of the puppy's reach. Electrical
wires, curtain cords and poisonous houseplants are tempting to little puppies as
well. Watch your pup carefully - he's depending on you!
your pup is outside, he will need a securely fenced yard, shade, and ample
water. Never leave your pup alone outside for long periods of time. He may
become too hot or cold, or he may find a way to escape out of the yard. He will
also learn bad habits such as barking and digging, and will become lonely and
more difficult to train. Your puppy wants to be a member of your family, and the
more time you spend with him, the quicker he will become trained.
Responsible puppy care begins with you!
Sėmi av Holteheia "Simi" - Icelandic Sheepdog Puppy
Marit Jenssen, kennel Skin Deep, Norway
Tom Vibeto, kennel Holteheia, Norway
to our Dog Breeds Alphabetical Directory to find out which breed is
right for you
recommends that you carefully read our tips on
to choose & buy the right, healthy dog, how
to find a good breeder, and caring for
a new puppy.
these tips to help you in your puppy selection process.