Tips for Surviving Puppy's First Night

Posted on July 4, 2013 by Lizzie There have been 0 comments

 

All that space without their littermates can be a very big and scary place to a puppy.  Crates offer quiet sanctuary.

Make puppy's crate as comfy as possible with one of our supersoft dog beds and some of our cosy bedding and place it just outside your bedroom door.

Place something with the familiar scent of his mother in his crate if possible, as puppy experiences the world with his nose.  Our blankets are also great for having something to include with the scent of your puppy's new family members on to help him get used to you.

Fill a hot-water bottle with warm water; cover it well in a towel or one of our blankets.  It's a great substitute for the warm body of puppy's mum.  A ticking clock can mimic a comforting heartbeat to your puppy.

Make sure any bathroom needs are taken care of and make an effort to tire puppy out so that he is ready for a sleep.

Wait until your puppy is in a relaxed state before closing  the door of the crate.  A blanket placed over the top to three sides will make it extra den-like and cosy.

Your puppy is likely to whine as it is possibly their first night on their own and in unfamiliar surroundings, so it is natural for them to be a little upset.

Resist the temptation to go to the puppy or take it out of the crate.  Give it chance to 'self soothe'.

As with a newborn baby, the disturbed sleep doesn't last forever.  Before long you will be watching your little fella taking himself to his crate because he's a little sleepy head and he'll stay in his safe and cosy crate all night without a whimper <3

 


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