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New puppy at home

Dear all,


I've made a quick search for similar subject, but didn't find anything.


We are bringing our Labrador puppy home tomorrow. Any ideas how to make first few nights easier for our puppy and for us? The breeder will give us a blanket with puppy's mum's and litter mate's smell. Also I have a warm water bottle (it will be warm tomorrow evening) and snug fabric travel crate prepared. Any other ideas?


Please do not offer sleeping in the same bed or locking the puppy in the cellar. Neither of those is an option for me.


This is not my first dog. However it has been quite a few years since I had a new puppy home. So feel a bit rusty.


Thanks!
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Re: New puppy at home

Maybe it's obvious, maybe not, but I'd say sleep in the same room. Close the door and puppy-proof the room (put everything on tables or surfaces not available to the pup - books, magazines, clothes, blankets, valuables). Does he use peeing pads or do you take him outside? Prepare the leash and the collar, set an alarm at 2 am and 4 am if you wanna go outside or set a fresh pad near puppy's place (a good idea might be to take a pad from the breeder's, so it also smells like mum). Set the transport box (open) close to your bed, within your reach, so if he wakes you up, you can easily pet and relax him.

If you sleep with your SO, it might be a good idea to sleep in different rooms, so at least one person has enough good quality sleep. Trust me, you will quickly switch to a zombie mode .

If the pup tries to chew on furniture, spray the area with some vinegar. Repeat if necessary.

And first of all, be patient. You will need lots of that. Congrats and good luck!
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Re: New puppy at home

It's probably too close to D-Day now, but we bought one of these, and it seemed to help our lab settle in; he still sleeps with it two years in, though we long since removed the heart.

http://www.amazon.com/Snuggle-Pet-Pr.../dp/B000C9YHFS

We also used an Adaptil collar (which you can get online, or from some vets, e.g. Göbli Kleintierpraxis here in Zug).

Good luck, and remember - don't give in no matter how much he cries! He'll adapt, but only if you stay strong the first few weeks!
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Re: New puppy at home

I would suggest having him in the crate in yiur bedroom or if in another room you sleep there with him. You will need to take him outside every 2 hours or so to pee. I wouldn't bother with a puppy pad as they create confusion as to where he is supposed to pee. Just suck it up and get outside. If he cries don't pander to him especially if you are sleeping in the same room. When you take him for the loo at night don't reslly speak or interact with him but during the day make a big fuss when he goes to the loo.
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Re: New puppy at home

Hello all.


Thank you very much for your help. So the first night went quite well. We put her crate inside our room - as per your advices. However she didn't want to stay in it. Instead she found a safe place under our bed, with her head out just where my hand was.


That worked for all of us! :-)
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Re: New puppy at home

An other idea is to put a clock under his cushion. The tic tac will remind him the heartbeat of his mom and siblings.

Good luck!
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Re: New puppy at home

I am interested to know whether you did get up every couple of hours to take her out for a pee or not. We never did with Bella when she was tiny, we just, as advised, took her water away at around 8pm, went out at 11pm before our bed time and up at 6am dealing with whatever we found quietly and without fuss. She was clean with in a couple of weeks, not wanting to mess to sleeping space. We are now searching for our new friend after losing Bella in December and as we now live in a rented apartment, with wooden floors as oppose to a rented house with tiled floors, I am more than concerned about this point.
Forgot to say congratulations on your new addition and wishing you all the best.
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Re: New puppy at home

Congrats on the new addition!

It's been many years (far too long!) since I last had a puppy in the house (wobbly seniors and nutcase adults are my specialty), so I'll just point to a few resources that might interest you at this stage:


Emily Larlham's puppy training videos:
http://dogmantics.com/puppy-training/

Ms Larlham is a behaviorist I very much respect. She has put out a library of free videos of a wide range of canine topics, including these linked above specifically on puppy issues. A good resource for dog owners.

How To Behave So Your Dog Behaves:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Behave-Behav...rds=sophia+yin

Dr Yin was both a vet and a behaviorist, her advise (and the science it is based on) is sound - her common sense makes the book an easy read. This is a general book, not specifically addressing puppies - but certainly applicable to starting a puppy off on the right foot. (Paw?) This is the book I've most often given to friends as they head down the 'my life has gone to the dogs' road.

The ASPCA has a Virtual Pet Behaviorist library with good articles on many of the topics you might soon face, including puppy issues - a good place to look for a quick tip:
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtu...t/dog-behavior

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It's never too soon to start training your puppy - because of course your little one will be learning from each and every interaction with you, every moment of every day. You want to make sure from the start that what your pup learns is indeed what you want her to learn.

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Wishing you and your new friend all the very best...


... and, any chance of a puppy pic?
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Dear all,


I've made a quick search for similar subject, but didn't find anything.


We are bringing our Labrador puppy home tomorrow. Any ideas how to make first few nights easier for our puppy and for us? The breeder will give us a blanket with puppy's mum's and litter mate's smell. Also I have a warm water bottle (it will be warm tomorrow evening) and snug fabric travel crate prepared. Any other ideas?


Please do not offer sleeping in the same bed or locking the puppy in the cellar. Neither of those is an option for me.


This is not my first dog. However it has been quite a few years since I had a new puppy home. So feel a bit rusty.


Thanks!
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An other idea is to put a clock under his cushion. The tic tac will remind him the heartbeat of his mom and siblings.

Good luck!
About "The tic tac.." You have clocks that make "The tic tac sound" ?
All mine sound like nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
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some people start with the no! dogs in the bed rule and end up here, don't ask me how i know
I didn't even try because of that .

Do your dogs also try to posses your pillows? I mean, you fall asleep with your head on a pillow and a dog in your legs and then you wake up with the dog on the pillow and yourself almost falling from the bed
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Yup, that was us. We made it 1.5 years before we gave in... and then we completely crumpled overnight. ;-)
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Re: New puppy at home

Corbets, I'm very impressed that you held out that long.

St Swimbo, our one and only puppy, didn't sleep in our bed the first night. But I woke up to find OH asleep on the floor, cuddling the little one. I swear, Swimbo then looked up at me and winked.

Resistance is futile.
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About "The tic tac.." You have clocks that make "The tic tac sound" ?
All mine sound like nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
I did. It was so annoying, I threw it away.
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Corbets, I'm very impressed that you held out that long.
That was my role - I had to be the ogre, while the girlfriend kept making her own "puppy eyes" and asking that Rusty be let up. I'm well suited to the role, but eventually, even I broke down. ;-)
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Re: New puppy at home

Congrats on the new addition!!
We were there over a year ago, new Lab puppy....
It is tough in the beginning but amazingly rewarding as you know, we caved to the bed rule too, one thing try to coax him out from under the bed over the next few months before he gets too big, our then 6 month old used to think he still fit under the couch and got stuck a few times

When he was little we found a few cuddly toys that he carted around and slept with..these seemed to work like a security blanket until he became brave and chewed them up...
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I LOVE puppy breath! Oh, there is nothing sweeter! Congratulations!

In case you need a create which is portable, we have this one for sale.

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I am interested to know whether you did get up every couple of hours to take her out for a pee or not.
Very sorry to hear you lost your friend recently. :-(


As for getting up - no, I did not. The morning after we had quite a bit of floor cleaning to do. :-)
Now we do similar as you said in your post - take away her water at about 8.30 - 9pm. Take her out at 10.30pm. And then I take her out again at approx. 3am.
But she sometimes doesn't do anything outside. And as soon as she's back there is a puddle on the floor. :-)
Never mind - we'll get there. It's only been 3 days.
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Congrats on the new addition!


Wishing you and your new friend all the very best...


... and, any chance of a puppy pic?
Thank you so much for all the information! Emily Larlham's website is really good. Also have ordered the book today.


And signed up for puppy courses as was advised by the lovely lady, with whom I've done the SKN course. :-)
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some people start with the no! dogs in the bed rule and end up here, don't ask me how i know
:-D That's really funny. But it will not happen. Because we both - me and DH - have 'no dogs in the bed' rule.


We have two kids. And its enough that they jump on us and walk on our heads (literally) early in the morning. :-)
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