Bringing the New Puppy Home

by Patrice on March 23, 2011 · 2 comments

in Pets

Mom and the kids have finally decided to get a new puppy after weeks of researching what type of pet is best suited to their lifestyle and budget. Now it’s time to bring the new family member into the home and enjoy. The single mom knows it will change her schedule, but is prepared to deal with the changes for the benefits that will be reaped by the new companion.

No matter how young your children are, they seem like giants to the new puppy. The single mom who is successful in her attempts to socialize the addition of the new family member has already instructed the kids not to make sudden moves toward the puppy, but instead encourage him to come to them for gentle and loving interaction. No matter how well the kids seem to have understood the need, never leave the kids and new puppy unattended.

Puppies are babies; they need a lot of sleep. Sometimes after time spent playing they will simply curl up where they are for a nap. Pick the sleeping puppy up and put him in his sleep area so that he will not be disturbed.

A puppy cannot be expected to sleep through the night without having to go potty. Be prepared to either provide an easy to clean space for the puppy to use or be prepared to wake up at regular intervals during the night and take the puppy to the place you have decided is the best place for him to use. Many people start the puppy out by paper training him, while others are determined to have the puppy learn that an outside spot is the acceptable place for elimination. Don’t expect that these special attentions will keep accidents from happening, but when the puppy has done his duty in the right place remember to reward him with a food treat or special praising affection.

A puppy will often whine and cry during the first nights separated from his mother. Instruct the kids not to go to the puppy each time he cries during the night, as it will only encourage him to continue the behavior when he wants attention. Instead, try leaving a night light on in the pets sleeping area and have a radio or other sound source playing softly so that the puppy doesn’t feel lonely and isolated.

Make sure your puppy knows that he is not to react negatively when he’s interrupted while eating or sleeping. Your calmness when taking his food away or picking him up while he’s sleeping and your loving praise when he calmly accepts the actions will help socialize him into the family and make it easier to take him into crowds when he is old enough to accompany the family.

One advantage for the single mom is that she has a reason to make the kids pick up after themselves. Remind them that the puppy is going to think that toys left on the floor belong to him, and that there is a good chance that they will be chewed on.


About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Claire March 28, 2011 at 6:02 am

This is true, puppies really needs a lot of care and attention juts like babies. You can’t allow them to roam around the house unattended. And with kids, I agree that they should be taught how to be gentle and caring, this is the best training for them to be pet loving children.


Savannah March 29, 2011 at 10:25 am

If you’re not ready for a puppy and all the care and attention they need, try a less needy animal – a cat, a fish, etc.


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