The first few days will be very stressful for your new puppy
so please be patient and understanding that he/she is dealing with a huge
change in life.It is a good idea to
wash the bedding that the pup travelled with and let him/her sleep with it at
night for a few days.It will smell of
home and tends to keep them a lot more relaxed.
LEAVING YOUR PUPPY
Don’t stay with your
pup all the time (especially important if you get the pup when your
children are on holidays).Why?Your pup needs to learn to be left alone,
otherwise you may cause separation – related problems when the routine changes
(eg, children go back to school or you go back to work).
Leave the puppy
for periods up to 10 minutes on a regular basis, only returning when your pup
is quiet.Why?Ten minute periods on a regular basis will
help habituate your pup to your absence.Returning when the pup is quiet reinforces the learning that quietness
will guarantee your return.
Don’t go down to your puppy at night if it cries.Why?The pup will learn to call you back by crying.Coming in once will perpetuate the problem
and increase the strength of the learning, for example.
cries for 10 mins, you return.
night: Pup cries for 10mins,
no return by you so pup cries for a further period, eg 15 mins, you return.
The pup has learnt to work harder (25 mins instead of 10mins
in order to get reward of your return).
Week 2:Puppy cries for hour until you
give in and return (or even worse bring it up to your bed with you).
This is a simular sensitisation and learning pattern to
daytime separation related problems.