What The Pup (WTP!) Part III

by admin on July 21, 2011

 

WOW, this is an amazing time for you!  Congratulations on getting your new baby! We covered some fun facts and interesting dog bones for you to chew on in What The Pup Part 1 (WTP 1 and WTP 2).  Now you’re home with your pup, what do you do now?

Ain’t nothing better than the happiness a new pup brings to your life! So let’s get started on putting together a game plan for you. I know you know a lot about this already.  You’re in the thick of it now.  So, I’ve put together a little cheat sheet so you can have so easy checklists to review and even add to.  If you do add to the checklist, drop me a line and let me know what works for you!

Having a new pup can be a bit overwhelming. Your 1st 24 hours with your new arrival in your home is crucial. It is vital to make substantial time available for playing and cuddling with your new pup. This will ensure that your baby perceives you and their new home as safe and comforting . The investment of time will pay you back in spades.

1. Timing is everything my friend. In WTP Part 2 I mentioned, that, if at all possible, take a vacation from work, so you can solidify a relationship with your pup. Leaving them alone, starting to pack up your home for a move, deciding to paint and redecorate might not be in the best interest of this little one. Stay the course and just be with your pup. Keep it Zen my friends.

2. Keep the temperature in your home regulated.  Don’t bring your new pup in to a hot box.  Keep it cool.

3. Gotta get them from the shelter or breeder? Please use a crate.  Keep them safe. Keep AC on there is fresh cool air flowing in and the windows up, so there is little noise distraction.  If you live in hot climates, avoid taking them out in the middle of a heated day. Stay cool, my friends.

4. Introduce them to  your garden or yard right away.  Remember, every little thing is brand new. You get to form all their experiences. If you see a little tinkle in the garden, praise BIG…”YIPEE”!  You get the picture.  When they’re so young, don’t be heavy handed with treats.  You might upset their tummies.  The sound of your voice is the 1st step.  I have to say, woman have the advantage here.  No offense guys, I love you too. But, we are so used to using our “tiny” voices to convey warmth, comfort and praise.

5.  Where’s my “Peace Place”? Provide an area where they feel at peace and safe.  A little fenced in area of your home or apartment with their bed and maybe a little blanket or shirt that smells like you.  Puppies need to sleep so much.  Experiences are fun, but don’t drain them.  So give them that time to regenerate their brains and bodies. Make it comfy: a bed, a bowl of water (#6), food.

6. In the “Peace Place” gotta make sure they have clean and fresh water.  Puppies eat and need more calories at this stage of the game.  Ask your vet for specifics about this pertaining to the breed of pup you have. Make sure they have food in their “Peace Place”.

7. Keep to a schedule. Yup, that’s right a schedule.  You will thank yourself for this as they grow up.  Feeding times, play times, nap times, bed times.  Just like a newborn has a schedule, they need one too.

8. Did I mention that during this time, you’re not going to sleep through the night? So true. Pups need to go out to wee.  You will need to let them out of their crates. Yes they should be in a crate for naps and bed time.  They will whine and you will get up and take them out to do their business. PRAISE, PRAISE and more PRAISE.  I, will think of you at 3:00 am. We’ve all been there at some point.

What The Pup (WTP) has had so much buzz and I thank you.  We are going to continue this series.  We are going to review, toys, safe and fun acitivities to stimulate their brains, getting the proper vets and trainers under your belt and when to call on them. Chewing, peeing (OH NO!) and so much more.

I hope you found this blog interesting.  I would dig hearing from you.  You can follow my antics on Facebook, Alanna Chasin or Alanna Chasin aka The Dog Buddha.

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LOREN July 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Very good insight and Tips for your Pup. Thank you for sharing.

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alanna chasin August 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Loren! Always great to see you. Thank you for the read and comments. More to come and your comments are most welcome and appreciated.

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Janae August 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

I’m quite pleaesd with the information in this one. TY!

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admin August 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Janae, glad you enjoyed this blog. Check out the other series too!

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Lele August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm

This does look promising. I’ll keep cnoimg back for more.

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admin August 16, 2011 at 12:26 am

Lele, glad you enjoyed this blog. It’s a series, so check out Parts 1 and 11 as well:)

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Blondie August 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm

What a joy to find such clear thniikng. Thanks for posting!

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