CONGRATULATIONS on your new puppy! Your new puppy is excited to meet his family and will be going through a lot of changes the first few days; leaving mom, his siblings and a familiar environment. We call this "Transition" and it is important to fully understand this significant time.
HOW WILL MY PUPPY ACT? - when you first get your puppy home, do not be surprised if he seems a little scared, tired, moody, active, nervous, shy, not too hungry, really hungry, overly excited, lots of energy, etc. This is all normal behavior and your puppy should settle down in their normal puppy behavior in a few days. We actually called this stage "Transition" and it can take up to 3-4 days or longer for your new puppy to feel secure in their new home.
HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar) - what many new buyers do not realize is just how small their new puppy is. They have seen their puppies on several occasions most likely through photos, and photos can be deceiving. Due to the small size of the puppy, they are prone to a condition of low blood sugar called Hypoglycemia. You probably will never experience this, but it is important to take precautionary measures and know the signs to look for in case the unlikely event occurs.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF:
The big day is fast approaching and your new bundle of joy is so excited to meet you and your entire family soon. But with all the excitement, an overwhelming feeling can surface too. If everyone is prepared ahead of time, the transition in your puppy’s first week will be that much easier and less anxiety filled.
Your Puppy’s First WeekSTEP #1 PUPPY PROOFIf your puppy will be under the age of 8 months, they will be at the perfect age for teething. And you know what that means? Chewing and lots of chewing! Your puppy will chew to soothe their gums, so you want to be prepared.
Go through the area your puppy will spend most of her time and remove anything you don’t want to be chewed, and anything that could pose a threat.
Things to consider:
STEP #4 – CREATE A SCHEDULE – that everyone agrees to and if necessary, post in a location that everyone can view and follow.
Puppies thrive on routine. Doing the same things at the same times every day will:
A laundry room, part of a kitchen or individual gates can also be used as long as the puppy is in an enclosed area and not able to escape.
Following the above steps will help to put you at ease in preparation for your puppy’s arrival!