Bringing a new puppy into the house can be a chaotic and exciting moment for both you and the puppy. The first 48 hours with your new puppy can sometimes be overwhelming – this experience is a lot like bringing a new little toddler into your home for the first time. In order to prepare yourself, and your puppy, for this moment, here is what to expect in the first 48 hours with your new puppy.
What to Expect – Depending on the puppy’s attitude, the puppy will either be into everything at once or the puppy will be scared and timid. If your new puppy is all over the place, you will have to increase your supervision and make sure that you have effectively puppy-proofed your household. If your puppy is shy and timid, try to quiet the household and let the puppy get to know the home, and you, on its own terms, avoid eye contact with the puppy, speak softly.
Excitable and nervous puppies and puppies that have just been separated from their mother and siblings, will often bark and wine more than usual. You can expect a lot of barking and whining in the first 48 hours of bringing the puppy home.
As the puppy gets used to its surroundings and new home, the barking and whining should calm down.
Puppy puddles and accidents will more than likely occur multiple times. Excitable and nervous puppies are especially prone to having accidents. Prepare yourself with plenty of newspapers, clean up tools, and if possible restrict the puppy, at first, to an area without carpeting. A change in environment and especially a change in diet, can cause the puppy to experience diarrhoea or loose stools. Good breeders will normally give you some food which the puppy is used to. This will minimise the problem. Introduce new food gradually, mixing it with the food which puppy is used to first in small quantities then in larger quantities over about a week.
If the puppy has diarrhoea, make sure that the puppy is getting enough liquids and decrease the amount of food the puppy is getting. If the diarrhoea does not begin to improve within 24 hours, take the puppy to the veterinarian and have the puppy checked.
Preparing Your Home for a Puppy.
A new puppy in the house can cause quite a whirlwind of excitement, chaos, and confusion. These little energetic fur balls want to explore, taste, experience and test everything around them. To reduce some of the disarray of these moments, and to keep your new puppy safe, here are a few ways to prepare your house for a new puppy. Puppies are a lot like babies that are crawling and learning to walk; they get into everything. You will need to puppy-proof your home to keep your puppy safe from injury and harm and to keep your household items intact.
- Check electrical cords. It is not uncommon to see puppies with oral cavity burns brought about by chewing on electrical cords. Either restrict access to rooms with loose cords, or make sure the puppy is closely supervised. Additionally, most pet product retailers offer cord guards that can help alleviate the problem.
- Secure loose furniture. Delicate items, such as picture frames or lamps, can be knocked to the floor by an uncoordinated puppy. If glass breaks, shards can become embedded in paws or fall directly onto the puppy. Heavy items, like a hot iron on the edge of an ironing board, are very dangerous, and strings hanging from blinds can also be sources of potential injury.
- Keep any medication out of reach. Ingestion of prescription or over-the-counter medication can be fatal for a puppy.
- Restrict access to cupboards. Investing in a cabinet child lock can prevent puppy access to harmful garbage and cleaning products.
- Check the yard for small items and chemicals. Toxic plants and flowers? Is the garage accessible and if so are toxic items like antifreeze and oils up on shelves? Walk around the areas that the puppy will be visiting and look for things that are in their reach.
- Invest in a baby gate. If you have certain areas of the home that you do not want the new puppy in, invest in a baby gate or two.
Before you bring the puppy home, purchase some items that your puppy will need. Plenty of toys, chewies, a sleeping bed or crate, blankets, and food and water dishes should all be ready at the house. Having these items at the house before the puppy arrives will help the puppy to immediately learn where to sleep, eat, what to chew on, and what to play with. If you have very young children in your household, talk to them in advance about the puppy’s arrival. The children will need to know to watch for the puppy so they don’t step on it, to keep the doors closed so the puppy does not escape, and how to interact safely with puppy.