Your First Day With Your New Puppy:
Practically all people want to play with a new puppy. He'll want to play too, but puppies tire quickly and want to rest and sleep. So do not allow family members to "maul" him until he is entirely worn out. If, during play, your new puppy gets too rough, slap him upwards under the chin (gently) and scold him. Remember, this is the age at which he must be taught he cannot growl or bite. When handling your puppy, do not pick him up by the front legs. Instead, pick him up by placing a hand under his abdomen. Lift him into your arms and cradle him so that his body lies along your arm.
If you purchased your puppy from a breeder, they may have given you a complicated formula for feeding the puppy. This may involve five feedings a day. It is wise to use the same diet as the breeder fed for a day or two, then gradually accustom your puppy to the feeding program you've selected.
When you are getting a new puppy, it is important that you get him in the morning. It is preferable that this be on a Saturday morning, so that you will have the weekend to get to know him. By getting him in the morning, the dog will have a full day to get acquainted with you. If you have a long distance to drive for the puppy, ask the breeder not to feed him in the morning, since your puppy might become car sick on the drive home. Give your puppy his first meal when he is very hungry so he will know he can depend on you.
On the drive home, hold the puppy on your lap and give him as much opportunity as possible to get your particular odor. Remember, dogs have "nose brains" and you want your puppy's nose to tell him as soon as possible that you are his master. Take along a large bath towel in case he gets sick. During this first day, you should take your puppy outside every hour, especially before play, after eating, when he awakens from a nap, and before anything exciting is likely to happen. If your puppy does have an "accident", wash the area with soap and water, then use a nicotine sulphate or ammonia solution on the spot.
Do not give your puppy any water during the evening. Take him out at your own bedtime for his final opportunity to relieve himself. When you put him to bed, he may be lonely and begin to cry. Some of your worn clothes (that still hold your scent) in his bed will help, or a toy with which he is familiar. Even after this, he may continue to howl. It is important at this early stage that you do not give in, because if you do, the job will get even harder and eventually impossible.
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