Bringing a new puppy home is one of the most exciting things in the world. And when it goes smoothly, itís a wonderful experience.
However, amongst this joy, itís also very easy for things to go pear-shaped quickly if you donít know what youíre doing. Especially if youíre a first-time puppy parent.
I believe itís so important that dog owners are given the tools, resources, and puppy training tips that are essential for setting a new puppy up for success.
1. Setting Up Your Puppyís Living Space
Probably the first decision youíll make about your new puppy is whether or not you want to look at getting a little crate for your puppy, a pen, or both.
A perfect-sized crate is usually not going to be much bigger than your puppy for sleeping, but bear in mind the puppy is going to grow.
Itís important that your puppy is able to stretch out in the crate. However, you donít want to give him too much room to explore.
The idea is not that the puppy runs around in the crate; instead, it contains the puppy and lets him fall asleep because he canít run around.
Many cages come with internal walls that allow you to change the size of the cage as the puppy grows. This is very helpful so you donít have to keep buying crates!
Put a comfy blanket in the crate, and your puppy will learn to love the crate as his safe place.
Now, you may choose to get a pen as well, which is usually about 6-feet-high and 6 feet by 6 feet in width. The idea is that this is where the puppy can wake up, get out of his crate and playÖeven if youíre not watching him.
Your puppy will be safe in the pen and will be all set up if you put a little potty pad and some have some toys in there to play with.
Using a crate and pen together are very helpful in toilet training.
Both keep your puppy contained and relaxed, which makes it easy to pick your puppy up out of the crate or pen where he is and take him outside to the potty area on a routine basis.
So, thatís one huge advantage of using a crate and a pen, and generally the puppies love them.
The other advantage is that, in terms of money, the crate and the pen usually hold their value. If you buy them secondhand you can usually sell them for the same price later on. You only need to use them for about six months.
2. Where Should Your Puppy Sleep?
Deciding where your puppy sleeps can be tricky because a lot of it depends on how independent and confident your little puppy is.
If you think of it almost like a child or a young baby, some babies need to be in the room with you for the first few weeks or months, and some puppies do as well. Theyíre much more relaxed if the crate is in your bedroom because they know you are close by.
However, you can always have the crate in your bedroom and then move the crate during the day so they can be with you, or have a second crate in another room.
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