Puppies need to be exposed to human company, handling, and the sights, sounds and smells of a normal home – music, washing machine, vacuum cleaner etc from an early age.
Ideally, toilet training should begin with the breeder, and needs to be continued when you get home. I always place tiny puppies on newspaper whilst I clean out their bed (several times a day). The action of waking them up stimulates them to pee and the feel of newspaper beneath them will become associated with the action.
Be prepared for broken sleep over the first few nights. React calmly but firmly when settling him down. Close the door and wait to see if puppy settles. If not return to him with the same calm attitude, settle him down again and leave the room. This may need to be repeated, but the intervals of quiet should get longer until puppy realises he is getting no-where and goes to sleep. At this point you can quietly return to bed for a well earned rest.
Honey’s puppies are reserved, apart from one gorgeous little blenheim boy with a thumbspot right in the middle of his head, and I am sure it won’t be long before he finds his new home. They will be booked in for their first vaccination and microchipping on 31 January 2015. They will then be going to their new homes in the following week, but just how do you settle in your new arrival?