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    Introducing a Puppy to the House

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    The first days at a new home are the most difficult for the puppy. The dog does not know his way around; the house is full of surprises, strange smells, noises and unfamiliar people. Introducing a puppy to a new environment can be hard, but this guide provides tips and advice on how to make the process easier.

     

     

     

    New Puppy, New Family



    It is ideal for a puppy to be taken to his new family between 8-12 weeks. Until this age he will learn to walk properly, to run, play and also eat. This is the best time for him to make the break from his old family to adapt to a new environment and a whole new family.

     

    Integrating a Puppy



    Consider puppy psychology – place yourself inside the mind of the puppy. If you try to put yourself in his place, you can begin to understand the difficulty in adapting to a new environment. Do not, however, get into the trap of compensating for his separation from the mother by cherishing and pampering him even when he does wrong. However, do allow him plenty of time to build confidence with the whole family.

     

     

    Puppy Training – The First Few Days



    This is not an easy task. You must be consistent and very attentive to him. The most important skill is patience, especially during the first couple of days. Try and avoid demanding too much in early training – it’s important not to frighten him. Never get angry – this may make it harder to build a bond with the puppy. Remember, it’s essential to develop a confidential and friendly relationship with the puppy.

    If you act accordingly, your pet will relax and will roam the house more freely. This moment you can say that your relationship with your new best friend is already on track. However, you should be aware that the dog knows what he wants. Even if he is only 2 months old, he is trying to get everything from the environment that he is allowed to.

    A small puppy can display plenty of intelligence, and will look to take advantage of any weak moments expressed by the owner, and once you let him do something, he will also expect it from you in the future.

    So it is better to give your pet consistent training from the very beginning. If your pet runs up to you, show plenty of affection but do not hang on him all the time. At times it’s best to leave him be and let him move freely. His curiosity will show no signs of abating; he will taste every edible - and not edible - item and will also play with it. Immediately take those things you do not want to see in pieces (shoes, slippers), from him, accompanied by a disciplined command. Introducing a puppy to a house can be a time of both great joy and frustration – so perseverance and consistency are key.

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