5 tips for a comfortable first night with your new puppy
After spending the first day with your pup, we’re here to help you get ready for your puppy’s first night at home. Navigating the initial nights with a new puppy can be one of the most challenging aspects of pet ownership. Keep in mind that your puppy is still acclimating, even after being home for a day. This process will unfold gradually and demand your time. During this period, you’ll be establishing essential ground rules and shaping desired behavior for your dog. As a result, you’ll need to exercise patience and maintain consistency.
Tips to maximize sleep for you and your puppy
So far, your puppy used to snuggle up with their littermates and mom for bedtime; now it’s just them. Understandably, your puppy will be distressed on their first night (and a few more nights) home.
- Your puppy may whine or whimper throughout the night. Here’s what you do,if you want to check on your puppy, make sure you do this when they stop whimpering or whining. You may need to have a heart of stone (ignoring a whimpering puppy isn’t easy), but this will teach your puppy that they can’t whine for attention.
- To comfort the puppy,some people put hot water bottles covered with blankets in the bed so that the puppy has a warm, cozy place to sleep next to. A ticking clock under the blankets may also prove helpful. If you have brought home a blanket or toy with the mother’s scent (covered in the previous post), leave this in the bed/crate.
- If you’re using a crate, you can cover it with a blanket to make it comfortable and cozy. Whatever you do, resist the temptation of letting your puppy sleep in your bed if they are not going to be allowed on the bed as adults, or getting up and cuddling them in the middle of the night.
- Scheduling playtime a few hours before bedtime is a great way to get your puppy sleepy. Just like you would tire a toddler out, tire a puppy out by engaging them in play. At this point, your puppy need not engage in strenuous exercise. Just light playtime should do the trick. Do not let your puppy nap before bedtime because they’ll wake up energized and ready to play when it is time to sleep.
- The pup will need to pee very often through the night. So keep a pee pad close by. Remove food and water a little before bedtime and take them out to pee right before turning in for the night. You don’t want the dog to get used to being taken out during the night. So do not take them out for walks in the middle of the night.
- Take a deep breath in
You’ll spend the first few nights with your puppy on minimal sleep. However, if you consistently encourage desirable behavior and exercise patience, you’ll soon start reaping the benefits. Exciting adventures await on the other side of that first night. Ensure your puppy’s first night home is a cozy one.
You’ll experience the first bark, first walk, and the initial day with no accidents in the house; your friends and family will embrace your puppy as their own, and you’ll witness them transform into the best dog ever! But for now, take things one step at a time. Remember, patience and consistency are the keys to a great start on your journey with your dog. Now that you’re ready for the first night, dive into another expert blog on how to set-up a routine for your new puppy.