A puppy moves in: How to prepare yourself When a puppy moves in, the world at home is upside down. A lot revolves around the little ball of fur. What a hustle and bustle such a small, sweet four-legged friend can really cause is not clear to many. It is completely logical that one or the other is overwhelmed by the new situation. In order for the start with the dog to be a complete success, good preparation is the be-all and end-all. We explain how the move-in succeeds.
The initial equipment: what a puppy needs at the beginning (checklist)
Basket, dog shampoo, food and more: such a dog needs all sorts of things in 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 toy
- Water, food bowl and bowl pad
- Dry or wet food for puppies (preferably coordinate with the breeder)
- Puppy friendly chew sticks or bones
- First aid kit, including tick tweezers
- Beauty set: puppy shampoo, towel, brush
- poop bag
- Adjustable harness or collar
- Towline, normal leash
- Address tag
- Depending on breed and season: dog coat for rain and cold
- Transport box or basket, incl. attachment for the car.
Even before the puppy moves in: protect the facility from puppy teeth!
Puppies have crazy ideas. Especially when they have just moved in, they are super curious and want to explore everything - including the sofa, table legs, children's stuffed animals, pillows and more. One or the other is broken and nibbled on. Don't blame the little one. He doesn't know the limits yet. Better safe than sorry here. The best thing to do is ban valuable items from the apartment first or move them to places that are inaccessible to Klein-Wuff. In addition, you should make possible sources of danger such as sockets and power cables, toxic liquids and plants, medicines and small parts lying around inaccessible.
Dog tax, certificates of competence and Co.
There are some obligations for dog owners. A dog must be registered with the tax authorities as soon as possible. The tax and city treasury office of the municipality in which you and your dog have your permanent residence is responsible for the dog tax. Large dogs must also be reported to the regulatory office in some places. Special regulations apply to so-called list dogs, for which a special dog handler's license, proof of expertise, must also be provided. 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 the leash obligation in your place of residence. And one more thing: It is best to find a veterinarian before the puppy moves in. If something happens or the little one isn't feeling well, the way to the practice is quickly found.
Puppy's first car ride
The way from the breeder to the new home is stressful for your puppy. He just got separated from his mom and siblings. He'll probably whimper quite a bit on the ride. Make the ride as comfortable as possible! A suitable transport box, including attachment, ensures safety. The journey will be pleasant for the puppy if it is accompanied by something familiar. The best way to do this is to take a blanket with you when you visit the puppy beforehand, which can then absorb the smell of mum. The box can be laid out with this blanket on the pick-up day. Water and food should not be missing on longer trips. Many breeders and shelters also recommend not putting the puppy in a crate on the very first ride and making a single exception. In any case, drive in pairs to pick up. One person drives, one scratches the mini woof on the back seat or on the lap. Of course you can secure him there with a harness and belt device.
Puppies moving in: The first day together
Once the baby dog has arrived in its new home, the first thing to do is pee. Show the pup its release spot and be visibly and audibly happy about the pee event. Then it goes straight in. Here many impressions rain down on the puppy. 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 in peace and quiet. On the first day, one or two rooms are enough. It's all new and exciting anyway. Let the little ball of yarn discover 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?
Training a dog early is extremely important. Between the eighth and twelfth week of life one speaks of the socialization phase. During this time, the foundations of education should be laid - even if the little one looks so cute. And the visit to the puppy school can now begin. Anyone who has not raised a puppy before should talk to a dog trainer at the puppy school. He may also recommend a good beginner's book for the necessary basic knowledge.
Housebroken: How long does it take?
Housebreaking rarely happens overnight. A lot of rest and serenity are required here. Mishaps happen! However, punishment should not be the method of choice to housetrain the puppy. At the beginning: puppies must always (!) immediately after playing, sleeping, eating and drinking - there is almost no exception. A short walk is also a good preventive measure. Incidentally, puppies do not have full control over the sphincter until they are 14 weeks old. However, it often takes about four to six months until the protégé is really completely housebroken.