Recently, my husband and I celebrated our beautiful dog’s ninth birthday. I can’t believe we’ve had our sweet canine companion for so many years. To commemorate this special occasion, my spouse and I shopped for the perfect birthday gift. We decided to purchase a nice red collar for our dog. Our dog’s old collar was faded and dirty. Her new, red collar looked amazing next to her sleek black fur. After placing her new collar on her, our dog looked ready to take some memorable pictures. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the best practical gifts to buy for your pets. Enjoy!
Bringing your puppy home is an exciting experience. Finally, your fuzzy, furry little pet is a part of the family! But while puppies are cute and cuddly, they are also a lot of work -- and your puppy may not be overly happy on his first night in your home. Here are some tips to help keep your little guy cozy, happy, and comfortable on that first night.
Let him explore earlier in the day.
If at all possible, bring your puppy home earlier in the day. This way, he'll be able to explore your home and settle in while it is light out. Let him wander around and smell his environment. Once he has explored everything and met everyone, he will feel more comfortable in the home and will have an easier time calming down when night falls.
Make sure he gets plenty of exercise.
Puppies are like human babies in that they rarely sleep through the night at first. However, they'll wake up a lot less if you make sure they're tired out during the day. When you get your puppy home, you'll want to cuddle and hold him a lot, but make sure you also make time for him to play. Let him run around in circles on the living room floor, toss him a few toys, and play tug of war. By the time night falls, he'll be so tired that he falls asleep.
Let him sleep near you.
Even if you eventually want your puppy to sleep downstairs or outside of your bedroom, consider letting him sleep near you the first few nights. This way, he won't feel so alone. You don't have to let him sleep in your bed (though some owners certainly do -- this is a personal decision). At least put his doggy bed next to your bed. If he whines or gets up during the night, try talking calmly to him; if this does not calm him down, then pick him up and soothe him.
Give him a snuggly toy.
Puppies are used to snuggling up with their siblings and mother, so sleeping without them can be tough at first. Try giving your little one a stuffed animal or two to sleep with on his bed. Make sure it's one made for dogs so he does not chew it and end up swallowing the stuffing.
The first few nights with your new puppy may not bring a lot of sleep, but with the tips above, you'll at least make the experience a bit easier.