How to help your puppy settle into a new home

New homes can be unsettling for your puppy. New noises, smells, and surroundings can take its toll on your dog who may get little sleep for the first few nights.

Like humans, puppies will need a bit of time adjusting to a new environment.

With a bit of time and patience, these tips can help you settle your puppy into a new home as quickly as possible.

Renting? Ensure your pet is accepted

If you rent a property, it’s important to ensure your puppy as accepted by those around you.

A large number of rental properties on the market are not pet-friendly, and will outright reject any rental applications if you own a pet. Many owners have tried to keep their pet a secret- often without success- leading to pet eviction in severe cases.

To make it work:

  • Introduce your pet to neighbors. They are much less likely to complain if they are familiar with your pet
  • Be honest with your landlord about any accidents
  • Have a plan to deal with any pet waste. A waste management plan will make your pet-less of a nuisance to your landlord
  • Minimise noise from your animal. Your neighbors won’t be very happy if your barking dog is keeping them up at night. This can be done through regular training and exercise.

Be patient

This is crucial to ensuring your puppy becomes fully house-trained.

When you first take your pet home, don’t let it roam around in the open. Introduce it to a smaller area of the home, such as the laundry or bathroom and allow it explore from there.

Be patient with training. Praise the dog for doing the correct actions and use reward-based dog training. By giving your dog a treat with every positive action, it will associate the happy praise with food and it will become its own reward.

This is the same way you toilet train a dog. By praising and rewarding your dog with treats every time it wee outside, it will eventually stop making a mess inside.

Make sure your dog doesn’t keep the neighbors up

Introduce your dog to its bed

Like babies, puppies may have up to 19 hours of sleep a day.

Set up a comfortable bed in a confined area. Ideally, this should be in an area of the house where your dog can hear other family members.

When your pet is in the bed, spend a few minutes petting and comforting your pet to encourage sleep time.

It will only be a matter of time before they are sound asleep in their new beds.

Use puppy pens

Puppy pens are great for those with busier lifestyles. The pens can be configured to make a confined area where the puppies can sleep, to ensure they aren’t roaming around unsupervised.

Puppies might also view their owners as their pack leader and follow them around the house. While having your pet follow you is a great sign of affection, it can get in the way if you are in a hurry.

A simple pet pen will allow him to be alone and may even give him the chance to get some much-needed rest.

Just ensure that you don’t leave your pet in the pen for extended periods of time.

Provide doggy entertainment

It’s astonishing how much damage a bored dog can do when home alone.

Ensure your dog has plenty of toys to keep itself occupied during the day, to avoid damaged furniture and torn clothing.

If you ever see a dog chewing something it shouldn’t, don’t punish it. Exchange it for a dog toy or rawhide bones instead.

Originally published as How to help your puppy settle into a new home by Phirin Ha, Author at