Learn all about dog education and dog behaviour. Subject Matter Expert Brydie Charlesworth; Director DOG EDUCATION CENTRE
You’ve done it, taken the plunge and today you bring your new puppy home. The feeling is intense, like a new baby, you think about all the joy this petite life is going to bring into your home. His little wet nose, soft fluffy puppy fur and the way he snuggles into you is a feeling of instant love. It is one of those feelings that you experience so seldom, that immediate and unconditional sensation of devotion, can life be any better?
Night falls on the first day, your tuck your buddle of joy into his new bed, you’ve specially found after hours searching the internet and asking all manner of professional advice. Hopping into your own you feel blissful, alive and content. Just as the sandman begins to do his work. Oh, my goodness what is that? The blood curdling howl, the sharp piecing yelps the sounds of a little one crying. They all slice you open, prickle your skin and pull hard on your heart strings.
Surely this sweet innocent puppy can’t just transform into the spawn of Satan, like a Mogwai being feed after midnight a gremlin has awoken.
The first thing to understand is this behaviour is completely natural; and today we’re offering you some tips to help you and your puppy get through this challenging stage.
So, with that, here’s a few things to keep in mind.
Firstly, a puppy should stay with its mum for at least the first 8 weeks of his life. Most likely your puppy has come from a home with a few litter mates, his mum and his human family. For his first 2 months of life he would have snuggled into his siblings feeling warm, comfortable and safe. When a puppy moves to a new family, it is a HUGE adjustment for him, and you will need to exercise plenty of patience.
My first tip, is DON’T get up and put the puppy in bed with you on the first night; that is unless you plan on having him sleep with you forever. Sounds great but the reality is very different. By doing this the puppy will see that it was upset, it cried, barked, howled and you came and put him into a warm cosy place. The next night, guess what? Your puppy will expect the same and when you try to be tougher and not succumb, your puppy will only repeat the behaviour from the previous night and on and on it will go. It will become a vicious cycle and you can’t blame the puppy this is on you.
Here are some basic steps you can use to help settle your puppy into his new home with minimal fuss.
Patience is the key. When you’ve implemented all the tips above, the crying will stop. The more you can ignore the behaviour knowing you’ve instilled these disciplines, the quicker the crying will disappear, and you and your puppy will sleep better and bond better.
It is such a special time and the perfect opportunity to set up a long lasting, healthy and loving relationship with your dog. Thank you for loving your dog as much as I do.
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