Tips for bringing your puppy home

Today you’re bringing your Ysterberg Mastiff puppy home.  All the soul-searching, financial assessments and home preparations have been completed.  You are excited and full of anticipation.  This is a big event.  Today your puppy joins his new pack and you welcome a new member into the family circle.  It is up to you to teach your puppy his role in the pack.  This process begins the moment you pick him up to take him home.  Here are a few tips that will help:
•           Learned behavior is based upon previous experiences.  Plan for this first day.  Make the transition into your home stress free

.•           Have someone else drive you to pick up the puppy.  You will need both hands.  Your touch should be ever present.  Get him used to the idea that you are the focal point of his life.

•           Arrange to pick up the puppy on Saturday morning or the first day of a long weekend.  This will give you the ability to focus on the pup without having to rush off to work or school.

•           Ask that the puppy not be fed before you pick him up. This won’t hurt him, and it will help guard against carsickness on the way home.  Just in case, have a large towel available.  If the puppy does get carsick, stay calm.  This is no big deal.  Don’t blow it out of proportion.

•           Make the ride home an enjoyable, relaxed experience.  Maintain contact but avoid coddling or doting

.•           When you get home take the pup to the area where you will want him to defecate.  Give him a chance to go before you take him inside.  If he does eliminate, praise him enthusiastically.

•           Once you do take him inside watch him carefully.  Try to learn his pre-elimination behaviour as quickly as possible, i.e., circling and scenting.   This will be very helpful in house-training him or her.

•           Make sure you have puppy-proofed the entire home.  Puppies are curious and will get into anything they can.  Take the same precautions that you would for an infant or toddler.  The learning curve for puppies is sharper than that of an infant at this age and you can’t take anything for granted.

•           Your pup may be confused and disoriented when first introduced to the home but that will pass, and his natural curiosity will take over.  Let the exploration and fun begin.

•           Plan on continuing with whatever puppy food he is presently eating.  A sudden change in diet can cause diarrhoea and add more stress to the situation.  If you do decide to change the food, ask for a few days’ supply of what he has been eating and wean him off of it.

•           When your pup tires, and he will quickly, make sure you let him nap where he will be undisturbed and comfortable.

When preparing the house and garden for your new pup also take time to prepare and educate the family on what is expected and how to behave.  Especially with small children around or with first time owners.  This is in my opinion even more important than anything else you do in preparation and raising the puppy.

These suggestions will help make the first day with your new puppy a fun and memorable one.  Have the camera ready!