You brought your puppy home. Getting through the first night.
Itís your first night with your brand new puppy and you are both very excited.
The puppy is frightened and so are you. Itís perfectly normal that you both want
to stay close to each other in tough times and the first night is one such
occasion. Your puppy is separated from his mother, and you got yourself a baby.
However, donít let your emotions take control over you.
Puppyís place is not in your bed. At least not at night when you sleep in it.
Thereís no problem if your puppy (and later an adult dog) sleeps in your bed
during the day, but itís important to keep him away at night. The reason behind
this is quite simpleócanines have a hierarchy. Wolves from the bottom of
hierarchy piramide donít sleep together with the chief wolf. In your family you
are the chief. Your puppy is not. In fact all members of your family should be
at some point chiefs to your puppy. This is very important to understand for
better living later when dog becomes more stubborn and self-conscious.
Now that you know what you shouldít do, letís see how to survive through the
first night. If your breeder gave you a rag from under puppyís mother, it will
be of tremendous help. If not, then prepare a few old unwashed shirts or any
part of your clothes which has your smell. It will help the puppy feels safe and
cosy, and give him a sense of being near you. Also it's advisable to give him
plenty of old rags so the puppy can dig and make his place more comfortable.
Be sure the puppy has performed everything outside, before retiring to bed. Also
make sure heís not hungry. But doní feed the puppy once you place him in his
bed. This will just awake him and you doní want a chierful puppy at 3AM.
Generally, a good practice is to play a lot with a puppy during the day, so he
becomes really tired in the evening.
If there is trouble for your puppy to fall on sleep and he wants to climb into
your bed, place his bedding near your bed. To calm him down, just speak to him
gently, but donít touch him. Let him know you are near, but donít get him used
to the physical contact. In the morning, get up early and go outside, so he
doesnít make a mess in your bedroom.
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