Having a puppy brings excitement and happiness but usually also intense thinking about what we should do in a number of things in everyday life.
The first thing we need to understand is that from the moment the puppy enters our house we replace his natural family (herd), which means that we have to help him adapt to a very different human environment and get to know him. everything from the beginning in a completely understandable way.
No puppy can know what a diaper is or why it is not allowed to bite our hands, chew our expensive sofa or our clothes. For this reason we should focus primarily on learning him and not on correcting his behaviors. Let’s not forget that we would not know anything if someone did not bother to teach us
From their age About 2 months a puppy observes, acts and begins to learn, which, whether we like it or not, makes us his daily trainer. At this crucial point in our coexistence it is extremely important to have complete and clear guidance from a professional trainer who will build the bridges of communication and lay the foundations for a balanced relationship between us and our puppy.
In any case, all of the following can help us make a good start and avoid the most common mistakes in the first few days with our puppy.
The puppy came – What to get
The changes in his world are many and huge. New family, new space, new smells, etc. In order to adapt as easily and quickly as possible, it would be good to get it on the days when you will have more time at home and in fact as early as possible during the day.
The things you should have bought by then are:
Food. Provide a good quality dry food that will fully meet the needs of the puppy according to his age, final weight and other elements for which your veterinarian can guide you responsibly.
Two separate bowls. One for food and one for water, which he will not be able to break or chew.
Park. Having a nest in an area where we spend most of our time (like the living room) will give the puppy a sense of security and calm, will keep him really safe when you are not overseeing him and will help him get into a specific program. since it will be the place of food-water, toilet, relaxation and sleep.
The parks come in different dimensions depending on the size of the puppy. Prefer metal as fabric can be chewed and damaged. Do not improvise. Talk to a professional instructor to guide you with knowledge and responsibility on how to use it properly.
Diapers. You will need a lot as puppies act very often (especially during the day) because they can not manage their bladder. For a start, one diaper should be in the park and another in the rest of the area where the puppy will be active.
A good quality pillow. Inside the park, with as little investment as possible so that there is no risk of swallowing hazardous materials.
Games. Prefer good quality s oft toys to keep him busy and relaxed without the risk of hurting his sensitive teeth and gums. Avoid toys with whistles, bells and pieces that are easily detached and can be swallowed. Such toys are extremely dangerous for the puppy’s health.
A simple collar. You can put it on him during meals or during the game so that he gets used to it more and more. The collar should be removed when the puppy is in the park.
The first night
The first night is expected to be difficult for everyone. Sleeping with the puppy in your arms, on the bed or on the couch in order to be calmer and not to disturb the neighbors is not a good idea at all. This option may solve the problem of this particular night but the only sure thing is that it will make it difficult not only for him to sleep but also for you when the time comes when he will have to sleep alone.
The best way is to put the puppy in his park as tired and as late as possible and just let him rest, ignoring him in case he complains. Proper use of the park during the day will play a very important role in being calmer and during the night sleep.
The next few days – What to do and what not to do
Do not humanize it. Treating and behaving like a human puppy will confuse and stress him / her / Such an approach can very easily reinforce or create various unwanted behaviors.
Establish a consistent routine. Unlike us, creating as specific a routine as possible in the world of dogs (hours of eating, playing, sleeping, etc.) is not only not boring but on the contrary offers them safety and calm.
Limit the areas where it operates and remove dangerous objects. Giving access to specific areas of the house helps you get used to them and feel familiar. By removing sharp and glass objects, cables, shoes, socks, etc., you zero the chances of an accident and avoid bruising and tensions.
Give him “space” to feel comfortable and trust you. Do not try to prove to him that you love him through strong reactions, hugs and excessive caresses that he may not know how to handle.
Give him time to learn and adapt. Do not rush, do not wait, do not ask him to do more than he can understand.
Guide them also into the good behaviors and to avoid displaying some profane ones. Do not allow him things that you will need to forbid him when he grows up. The more specific and consistent you are the easier it will be to understand you and the more freedom you will gain day by day. For example when the puppy learns that your food is not his he will be able to be with you when you eat because it will not be demanding (begging).
He only plays with his toys. If you play or “provoke” it with your hands you will inadvertently strengthen your bites, while if you let it chew and play with your old shoes it will want to do the same with the rest.
Reward him only when he does something good and not all the time for no reason. If, for example, he toilets on his diaper, a quick “thumbs up” accompanied by a croquette from his food will reinforce this desirable behavior.
Sensitize the sounds that the puppy will hear for the first time and may scare him. During the operation of the washing machine, hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, hood and other electrical appliances, he made sure to be as far away as possible and associated these sounds with something positive, such as his meal or his favorite toy. The volume of these sounds can be gradually increased and then the distance can be reduced.
Guide the children and / or guests so that they treat the puppy in the same way that you do. Do not forget that every new experience of the puppy with people he does not know is a great opportunity to socialize properly.
Protect it from information of unknown origin on the internet, from the advice and behavior of “experts”, acquaintances and friends who “had many dogs and know”. Dog training is a serious matter and a process that should be based on knowledge and responsibility and not on experimentation.
The puppy age may not be the easiest period in living with our dog, but it is certainly the most important as it gives us the opportunity to lay the foundations for a long-term harmonious coexistence and to shape its future character.
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Areti Dendia and Panagiotis Skerlo