choosing a kennel

Welcoming Your New Puppy

When an eight week old puppy arrives in his new home, it is best to let him settle in before you begin his training. His surroundings are totally new to him – it’s his first time away from his brothers and sisters and his mum, so give him a chance to be a little afraid and lonely. He will settle as soon as he realizes that you are now his family.

Night Time Tears

It is to be expected that a puppy feel lonely for his family when he moves to his new home. This however, will not last long. Though we all feel sorry for the crying puppy in the middle of the night, it is important not to run to his side every time he cries.  Puppies can be very clever, and quickly learn that a little cry gains attention.  If you are sure that the puppy is not in pain or hungry, it is important for him to learn to be alone, especially when it is time for sleeping!!  One or two nights usually sees the puppy settle into the sleep routine.

My Place!

Make sure to have a comfortable place to put the puppy. Somewhere he can call his own, away from all the noise and people. Whether this place is inside your home or outside in his own little kennel, it must be dry, warm and free of droughts. Get him used to his little space by encouraging him to spend his rest time in there.

Feeding

Puppies need to be fed little amounts, often. It is recommended that a puppy from 5 – 12 weeks be fed 4 times daily. From 12weeks to 6 months, three times daily, and from 6 months to 1year, twice daily.  From 1 year on wards, your dog can be fed once daily, however, some people prefer to feed twice daily. This is a general guide only and may not suit all breeds of dogs, or dogs that suffer from sensitive tummies. It also depends on what suits your dogs appetite, demands, and dietary requirements.  Talk to your breeder for recommendations and feeding guidelines that suit your particular breed of dog.

Toilet Training

When a puppy is eight weeks old, he has little or no control over his bladder and/or bowel movements, so it is unfair to expect much success at this early stage. However, you can start to give him the general idea. A puppy usually has to relieve himself just after eating and after play. Always let your puppy out at regular intervals, first thing in the morning and as late as possible at night. When he does his job outside in the desired spot, give him plenty of encouragement and praise. If you keep your dog inside, start the training by using newspaper, by placing it in the same place, such as near his bed. If he is looking uncomfortable or is sniffing about looking for somewhere to go, put him on the newspaper very gently. It is important not to frighten him, or he will go to a dark corner and do his business where you can’t see him. You may find the first weeks of the puppies training very trying, but with encouragement and patience, there is no reason why shouldn’t be successful sooner or later.

Don’t eat the Sofa!!

Puppies love to chew things, as you will see when they are chewing your shoes, the leg of the chair etc. If you catch your puppy chewing something he shouldn’t be chewing, tell him sharply to ‘stop it!’, and immediately give him something else to chew such as a rawhide bone or a toy. If you can keep an eye on him and stop him when he is chewing something he shouldn’t, he will soon learn what things belong to him and what doesn’t. Keep in mind that sometimes dogs chew because they are bored. Try to dissuade this habit by providing lots of mental stimulation for your dog i.e.: exercise, toys, attention etc.

Please Don’t Leave Me Alone!!!!

You can’t always bring your dog everywhere with you, so he must get used to being alone. Leave him when he is resting, and in his bed. He may whine a little, but eventually he will give in. Go to him after he has stopped whining and talk to him and reassure him. Repeat this each day, gradually extending the amount of time alone. Make sure he has had his exercise and that he has plenty of water and a toy to play with when you are gone. Make sure he cannot reach anything that could harm him, e.g: electrical cables, detergents etc..  If he scratches the door, or jumps at it, show him that you disapprove. He must understand that you don’t want to be with him at that time. This may seem cruel to a puppy who doesn’t want to be left alone, but it is of great importance that a puppy gets used to and becomes comfortable with being left alone, as sometimes it just can’t be avoided.

Meet the Existing Dog!!?

Though the arrival of a puppy to his new home can be a traumatic experience for the puppy, it often overlooked that this is also a traumatic experience for the existing dog, who is expected to welcome the new arrival into his territory with open arms.

Here are a few pointers that may help with the first introduction:

If your dog is very territorial, try to do the introducing in a neutral venue, for example; a friend’s house.

When introducing the new puppy, keep him on the lead. If the existing dog seems upset or stressed, remove the puppy and try again later. Don’t remove the existing dog; as it will only serve to reinforce his insecurities.

Try to stay calm and relaxed. This will encourage your dog to be the same. Let the two dogs get to know each other slowly. Never rush things, as they should grow to accept each other in time. Don’t leave them alone together until you are certain that the existing dog is comfortable with the puppy and that the puppy will be safe in his company.