What To Do On Your First Night With Your New Puppy

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Suppose you’ve just welcomed a new puppy into your home. Congratulations! It’s always an exciting time when you first bring your furry friend home. But what do you need to do on their first night? This blog post will walk you through the basics, from preparing your home for your new arrival and how to start potty training.

So read on and ensure your first night with your new puppy is a success!

Welcoming Your New Puppy Home

Happy couple with labradoodle

Welcoming a new puppy into your home as a new puppy owner can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. There are many things to do to prepare for their arrival, and it’s important to ensure that you’re ready for everything. Below are some tips on welcoming your new puppy into your home and setting them up for success.

Get your home ready:

  • Puppy proof your home by removing any dangerous items or hiding them away
  • Buy a few new toys and chew toys to keep your puppy entertained
  • Stock up on food and water bowls, as well as puppy pads and training pads
  • Invest in a good crate or kennel for when you’re not able to watch your pup
  • Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get your pup vaccinated and dewormed
  • Brush up on puppy training!
  • Training treats

Prepare yourself for your puppy’s homecoming:

  • Read up on how to take care of a puppy, so you’re prepared for everything
  • Make sure you have enough time to devote to taking care of a puppy
  • Puppies require a lot of time, patience, and energy
  • Be prepared to potty train your puppy and teach them obedience commands

We’ll go into these in more depth below, but these are the basic things you need to do to get your home and yourself ready for your new puppy.

Prepare Your Home For Your New Puppy

Bringing a new puppy into your home is an enormous responsibility, and one of the most important things you can do to set them up for success is to prepare your home for them. This means creating a safe and comfortable space for them to sleep, play, and potty.

One of the first things you’ll need to do is purchase a crate for your puppy. This will be their “den,” where they can feel secure when they need some periods of time to themselves. It’s important to choose the right size crate, as you don’t want it to be too small or too big.

Your puppy should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in its crate.

You’ll also need to puppy-proof your home as the puppy parent by removing anything that could be harmful or dangerous to them. This includes things like cords, cleaning stuff, and objects that they could swallow or choke on.

Once you’ve made your home safe for your puppy, you can start thinking about where they will sleep and play.

Things to do and think about while preparing your home should include the following puppy checklist:

  • Puppy proof your home by removing any dangerous items or hiding them away
  • Buy a few new toys and chew toys to keep your puppy entertained
  • Stock up on high-quality puppy food and water bowls, as well as puppy pads and training pads
  • Invest in a good crate or kennel for when you’re not able to watch your pup
  • Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get your pup vaccinated and dewormed
  • Brush up on how to house train your puppy before they arrive!

Following these simple concepts will help you get your home ready for your new puppy and make sure their first couple of nights are comfortable.

Have Everything You Need For Your Puppy’s First Night

Now that you’ve prepared your home and started potty training, it’s time to focus on what you need for your puppy’s first 1-3 nights. This includes things like their food and water bowls, a comfy bed or crate, and some toys to keep them entertained. This is important to ensure there aren’t too many sleepless nights.

You’ll also want to make sure you have everything you need for your puppies, such as puppy food, training treats, a leash and collar, and poop bags. By having everything prepared in advance, you’ll be able to focus on bonding with your new puppy and making sure their first night is a happy one for the entire night.

Some things you’ll need for your puppy’s first night include:

  • A crate or kennel
  • Puppy pads or training pads
  • Food and water bowls
  • Toys and chew toys

Puppy-Proofing Your Home

Now that you’ve brought your bundle of puppy joy home, it’s time to start puppy-proofing your house! This process is important to keep your pup safe, and it’s also a good way to teach them what they can and cannot chew on.

Here are a few tips for puppy-proofing your home:

  • Pick up any small objects or anything that could be swallowed
  • Put away any toxic household cleaners or chemicals
  • Hide or remove any electrical cords
  • Block off any stairs or areas where your puppy could fall with baby gates

Puppy-proofing your home is an important step in keeping your pup safe. With a little patience and preparation, you’ll have your home ready for your new puppy in no time.

Introduce Your Puppy To Their New Surroundings

Once your home is prepared for your new arrival, it’s time to introduce them to their new surroundings. Start by showing them around the house and showing them what areas are off-limits (these should be blocked off) and where an acceptable potty spot is.

Then, take them outside to explore the yard and get some fresh air. This is also a good time to teach them their potty training routine.

Show them where their crate is and let them explore it at their own pace. If they seem hesitant or you find them crying at night, try putting some treats or toys inside to make it more inviting. Once they’re comfortable with their crate, you can start using it for short periods of time, like when you’re cooking or doing laundry.

Things you can do to help your puppy adjust to their new surroundings can include:

  • Show boundaries by blocking off areas of the house they’re not allowed
  • Take them outside to explore the yard and get some fresh air
  • Start teaching them their potty training routine
  • Let them explore their crate at their own pace even if they seem like they might not like it
  • Put some treats or toys inside to make it more inviting

By following these tips, you can help your puppy have a smooth transition into its new home. With a little patience and preparation, you’ll be able to enjoy many happy years with your new furry friend.

Start Potty Training From the First Night

One of the first things you’ll need to do when you bring your puppy home is start potty training. No matter which method you choose, potty training is an important part of owning a new puppy. By being consistent and patient, you’ll be able to successfully potty train your puppy in no time.

One method of potty training is to use puppy pads or training pads. These are special pads that you can put down in specific areas of your home, and they’re absorbent so that accidents aren’t a problem. You’ll need to train your puppy to go on the pads by taking them to the pad frequently and rewarding them when they use it. 

Ideally, you would start moving the pad towards the door and then outside to show them where to potty.

Another method of potty training is to take your puppy outside frequently to do their business. This is often the preferred method, as it gets your puppy used to going potty in an appropriate place from the start and having a less confused puppy.

You’ll need to be consistent with this method during night and daytime, taking your puppy out first thing in the morning, after naps, and before bedtime.

How to Start Potty Training Your Puppy

Miniature Golden Doodle Puppy and Potty Training

The first step is to create a bathroom routine for your puppy. This will help them know when it’s time to potty and will make the training process easier for both of you. It’s also important to take them outside frequently, especially after they eat or drink.

The rule of thumb is to take them out about 20 minutes after they eat to relieve themselves during daylight hours.

Several ways to start potty training your puppy can include using:

  • using puppy pads or training pads
  • taking your puppy outside frequently
  • creating a schedule for your puppy
  • taking them out first thing in the morning, after naps, and before bedtime
  • rewarding them when they use the potty pads or go outside to relieve themselves

With a little patience and consistency, you’ll be able to successfully potty train your new puppy in no time. Just remember to be patient and keep at it, and you’ll be rewarded with a well-trained pup in no time. When you’re first starting out, it’s normal for there to be some accidents at night and can be a challenging time.

Just stay calm and consistent with your training, and soon your puppy will get the hang of it!

Teach Them Where They Can And Cannot Go In The House

One of the most important things to teach your new puppy is where they can and cannot go in the house. This will help them know where it’s okay to potty and play.

Start by showing them where their sleeping area is and where their crate is located to familiarize them with the location. Then, show them around the rest of the house and block off areas that are off-limits. This might include the bathroom, your bedroom, or any other rooms that you don’t want them to be in.

It’s important to be consistent with your rules and to always supervise your puppy when they’re exploring the house. This way, you can catch them if they go into an off-limit area and redirect them to a more appropriate place.

A good way to do this is to have them hooked to your waist with a short leash so you can monitor their movements.

Ideas to keep them close so you can monitor them for any signs of needing to potty can include:

  • Use a short leash to keep them close by
  • Have them tethered to your waist
  • Place them in a crate or kennel when you’re not able to watch them
  • Block off off-limit areas of the house with gates or baby doors

As you get to know your puppy better, you’ll be able to tell when they need to potty and can take them outside more frequently. Until then, it’s important to keep a close eye on them so that accidents don’t happen inside the house.

Puppy proofing your home and establishing rules from the start will help make the potty training process go more smoothly.

Start With Obedience Training From Day One

Now that you’ve successfully potty trained your puppy, it’s time to move on to the next step in their training: obedience training and consistent routines. This is an important part of owning a dog, and it will help them learn how to behave properly.

We can do obedience training at home or at a specialized class, and there are many methods you can choose from.

There are differences between behavioral and obedience training. If your dog doesn’t have any behavioral issues then continue with obedience training as you normally would. Benefits of obedience training right away can include:

  • It will help them learn how to behave properly
  • They will be more likely to listen to you and obey commands
  • Obedience training can help prevent behavioral problems from developing
  • It can make house training easier
  • Training your puppy early on will help establish a strong relationship between the two of you

Some important commands that your puppy should learn include:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Down
  • Off
  • Leave it
  • Heel

Training your puppy early on is the best way to set them up for success and ensure a strong relationship between the two of you. With a little patience and consistency, your puppy will be well on their way to learning all the important commands in no time.

Their First Night Home: Crate Training

Chocolate Labrador Puppy in wire crate with paw on door

Crate training your dog is extremely important, as it can help keep them safe and create a den-like experience when you’re not able to watch them or at night while sleeping. It’s also important to make sure crate training is a positive experience for your pup, so they’ll be more likely to use the crate willingly.

Here are a few tips for making crate training a positive experience:

  • Associate the crate with fun experiences, like treats or toys
  • Never use the crate as punishment
  • Let your puppy out frequently to use the restroom and stretch their legs
  • Slowly increase the time they spend in the crate over time

If done correctly, crate training can be a very beneficial experience for both you and your puppy. It’s important to take things slowly, going a couple of minutes at a time, and make sure the crate is always associated with positive things. With a little patience, your puppy will be happily using their crate in no time.

Should I Leave Water in the Crate Overnight?

Beagle relaxing on the crate

This is a topic of passionate debate among dog owners. Leaving water in the crate overnight can be both beneficial and not beneficial. It all depends on the individual dog.

Benefits of leaving water in the crate overnight can include:

  • Your dog will have access to water all night
  • It can help prevent them from chewing on their bedding out of anxiety
  • If your dog is sick, it can help them stay hydrated

There are also a few drawbacks to leaving water in the crate overnight:

  • Your dog may make a mess and soak their bedding (have an additional blanket in these cases)
  • If your dog tends to tank up, they may vomit in the crate from access to too much water
  • You may have to get up during the night to let your dog out to use the restroom, this is especially true with puppies

Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you want to leave water in the crate overnight. If you decide to do so, make sure you are prepared to deal with any potential messes that may occur.

Conclusion

The first night with your new puppy can be both exciting and overwhelming. By following these tips, you can help set your pup up for success and ensure a smooth transition into their new home. With a little preparation and patience, you’ll be enjoying all the fun (and love) that comes along with having a new puppy in no time!

What’s your experience with bringing home a puppy for the first time? Do you have any useful tips and tricks you’d like to share? Tell us below!

Meet our writer

Karen is a former pet business owner with 17+ years of experience in training and taking care of pets. She currently owns three dogs (a greyhound, saluki, and golden mix) and has gone through several types of programs to further her education in the pet world.

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