Top Tips for Integrating a Puppy into Your Family

Top Tips for Integrating a Puppy into Your Family

Introducing a new puppy to your family is a fun and exciting time. Whether you have other dogs or not, there is a lot of work that goes into integrating the new pup. Ultimately, a careful, responsible introduction will maximize the comfort for both your family and your new puppy.

Here are some of our best tips when welcoming your new puppy into your home.

First Things First: Prepping the House for Puppies

Puppies are curious and energetic creatures. This can sometimes lead to a bit of unintended chaos and destruction. First, make sure your home is ready for the puppy by puppy-proofing.

Remove fragile and expensive items, as well as potentially harmful materials, from areas your puppy will have access to. You might also want to invest in a few gates if you need to restrict certain areas of the home. 

Next, let’s explore how to acclimate your puppy to their new home.

New Puppy Checklist: How to Welcome Them Home

Don’t Overwhelm

Coming to a new home is a stressful ordeal for young puppies. It can be even more stressful (and confusing) if they are overloaded with too many new people, pets, and experiences. Keep it simple and stick to controlled activities and environments. Don’t invite people over to the home until your puppy is settled in. They should only meet your immediate family (their new housemates) in the first few days.

If you have other pets, introduce them to the puppy one at a time as well. This can prevent them from feeling outnumbered and frightened.

Identify a Potty Spot

One of the most important things to teach any new dog is where they can go potty. This should be an out-of-the-way spot outside your home. Use positive reinforcement, treats, and a simple command, like “Go potty” to teach your puppy where and when it’s okay to go to the bathroom.

This may take a bit of time, so be patient. Moreover, it’s essential that you begin this training process immediately.

Slow & Steady Positive Reinforcement

Speaking of training your new puppy, this is a case where slow and steady wins the race. Trying to teach your new puppy too much too quickly, or expecting immediate results, often leads to bad behavior. Too many commands and a lack of positive reinforcement can prevent your puppy from learning anything.

Keep your initial training clear and simple. Use easy-to-understand commands like “Go to bed,” “Eat,” or “Outside.” Be ready to offer treats and pets when your puppy hits their milestones!

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