If you’ve ever gotten a puppy or known anyone who has, you know the first day training with your puppy can be rough, especially the puppy’s first night. Once the excitement of “OMG puppy!” has worn off, you’re left with the uncertainty of “Do I know how to take care of this puppy?!” Most new puppy parents go through a period of uncertainty, wondering whether or not they’re doing it right.
Here at Come. Sit. Stay. in Jacksonville, Fl we’ve been asked plenty of questions about what to do when you get a new puppy. Here in this blog post, we’ll show you our go-to guide on surviving the first 24 hours with your new puppy!
The first thing you’re going to want to do is make sure you have all of the things you need! Most people think of having a toy, or a handful, but what about a play pen? Below are some of the must haves we at Come. Sit. Stay. in Jacksonville, Fl believe are must haves:
Adjustable collar and leash
Collar tags with contact info
Food and water bowls
High-quality puppy food
Poop bags and holder
Dog bed (for puppy’s first night)
Toys and treats (start simple—you’ll learn your puppy’s preferences the longer they’re with you)
Playpen and baby gates
The day you bring your new puppy home is the day you’ve been waiting for. It’s your first day as long-term companions, and you want to begin bonding with your pup immediately. Start off right by staying home, so you can make your puppy feel secure and enjoy every minute of this experience.
Here are some tips to make sure the first day is the best it can be for your puppy, for you, and for your family:
With lots of affectionate contact with the family, consistent rules and routine, and rewards for good behavior, your puppy will quickly learn his place in his new “pack.” Most importantly, you will establish a bond that will endure throughout his life. And don’t forget the importance of training your puppy too!
If you’re looking for a free in-home consultation or if you have any questions please contact us at (904) 233-0608 or fill out a form here!