A puppy moves in: How to prepare When a puppy moves in, the world at home turns upside down. At first, everything revolves around the little ball of fur. Many people don't realise just how much hustle and bustle such a cute little four-legged friend can cause. It's perfectly logical that some people are overwhelmed by the new situation. To ensure that the start with the dog is a complete success, good preparation is the be-all and end-all. We explain how to make the move in a success.
The initial equipment: This is what the puppy needs in the beginning
A basket, dog shampoo, food and more: a dog needs all kinds of things for everyday life. The most important equipment should already be available when the puppy moves in. With this checklist, nothing stands in the way of moving in:
- Dog basket or cushion Cuddly blanket
- Puppy-friendly toys
- Water bowl, food bowl and bowl pad
- Dry or wet food for puppies (best to agree with the breeder)
- Puppy-friendly chew sticks or bones
- First aid kit, incl. tick tongs
- Beauty set: puppy shampoo, towel, brush
- Poo bag
- Adjustable harness or collar
- Tow leash, normal leash
- Address tag
- Depending on breed and season: dog coat for rain and cold
- Transport box or basket, incl. fastening for the car
Even before the puppy moves in: Protect furniture from puppy teeth!
Puppies have fluff in their minds. Especially when they have just moved in, they are super-curious and want to explore everything - including the sofa, table legs, children's cuddly toys, cushions and more. In the process, they break and nibble on one thing or another. Don't hold it against the little one. He doesn't know the limits yet. Caution is better than indulgence. It's best to ban valuable objects from the flat for the time being or to put them in places that are not accessible to Little Woof. In addition, you should make possible sources of danger such as sockets and power cables, poisonous liquids and plants, medicines and small parts lying around inaccessible.
Dog tax, certificates of competence and co.
There are some obligations for dog owners. For example, a dog must be registered promptly with the tax authorities. The tax and city treasurer's office of the municipality in which you and your dog have your permanent residence is responsible for the dog tax. In some places, large dogs must also be registered with the public order office. Special regulations apply to so-called listed dogs, for which a special dog licence, the certificate of competence, must be produced. As a rule, animal shelters or breeders already point out these obligations. If you are unsure, you can ask the city. Also find out about the regulations on compulsory leashes in your town. And one more thing: It's best to find a vet before you move in with your puppy. If something happens or the puppy is not feeling well, you can quickly go to the vet's office.
The puppy's first car ride
The journey from the breeder to the new home is stressful for your puppy. He has just been separated from his mum and siblings. He will probably whine a lot on the journey. Make the journey as comfortable as possible! A suitable transport box, incl. fastening, ensures safety. The journey will be more pleasant for the puppy if it is accompanied by familiar people. For this purpose, it is best to take a blanket with you when you visit the puppy beforehand, so that it can take on the scent of mummy. This blanket can be used to cover the box on the day of pick-up. Water and food should not be missing on longer journeys. Many breeders and animal shelters also recommend not putting the puppy in a box on the very first trip and make a single exception. Then, in any case, drive two people to pick up the puppy. One person drives, one cuddles the Mini-Wuff in the back seat or on the lap. You can, of course, secure him there with a harness and harness device.
Moving in a puppy: the first day together
Once the puppy has arrived in its new home, the first thing to do is to pee. Show the puppy its release place and be visibly and audibly happy about the peeing event. Then it's straight into the house. Here the puppy is bombarded with many impressions. Additional stimuli from children playing wildly or visitors should be avoided at the beginning. It is better to explore room by room together with the puppy. On the first day, one or two rooms are enough. Everything is new and exciting anyway. Let the little ball of wool explore and sniff in peace. The puppy will probably fall asleep after a short time anyway, because so many impressions make you tired.
How do I raise a puppy?
The early education of a dog is enormously important. Between the eighth and twelfth week of life is known as the socialisation phase. During this time, the foundations of education should be laid - even if the little one still looks so cute. And you can also start going to puppy school now. If you haven't raised a puppy before, you should talk to a puppy school dog trainer. He may also recommend a good beginner's book for the necessary basic knowledge.
House-trained: How long does it take?
Housetraining rarely happens overnight. A lot of calm and composure is needed here. Mishaps happen! However, punishment should not be the method of choice for housetraining a puppy. In the beginning, puppies always (!) have to be housetrained immediately after playing, sleeping, eating and drinking - there are virtually no exceptions. A short walk is also a good preventive measure. By the way, puppies do not have full control over their sphincter muscle until they are 14 weeks old. However, it often takes about four to six months before the puppy is really completely house-trained.