Puppy pick-up – The excitement rises
There’s hardly a more exciting day in a new dog owner’s life than the day you bring your puppy home. You’ve been looking forward to it for several weeks. And now, finally, the time has come, and you can pick up your new family member.
The right time
The earliest time to separate a puppy from the mother is after 8 weeks. But if the puppy is feeling insecure, it is better to wait a few more days, no matter how difficult it may be. So, you should stay in contact with the breeder to find the right moment.
Puppy pick-up day
On the pick-up day, you should be relaxed and take your time. You can bring a small harness with a leash to lead the dog safely, or you can hold your miniature poodle puppy in your arms as well. Breeders often give a small package to help the puppy settle into the new home. This includes the current food, a few treats, a favorite toy, and of course the vaccination card.
When driving in the car, dogs need to be secured properly. A small transport box is a good solution. The best thing to do is to sit on the back seat next to the box. You can also put a hand in the box so that the puppy knows it is not alone. Exceptionally, you can also take him on your lap with a fluffy blanket underneath.
Arriving at the new home
When arriving home, you can go straight into the garden or onto a green area with your puppy to let him pee. He might be too excited. So, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work out right at the beginning.
Exploring the new home
Once in the apartment or in the house, the puppy should not be overwhelmed with new impressions. It’s better to take it slow. Just show a room or two at a time. You can also get the dog interested in his potential sleeping box or basket by giving him a treat whenever he goes in it. You should also show him his drinking and feeding bowl. After that, it’s time to give the puppy some rest and let him process all the new impressions. You can also cuddle to make him relax.
After a nap, you should take the puppy to a green area again. In fact, young dogs have to go to the toilet all the time. Ideally, you should let your puppy relieve itself on the right surface from the start. That can be grass, soil, or leaves for example.
Small puppies should not go for walks in the beginning. There would simply be too many impressions, especially if you live in the city. Only after the puppy has settled in, you can walk short distances. The rule of thumb is 5 minutes per month of life.
A small puppy is usually fed four times a day. In the beginning, you should stick to the breeder’s food. This prevents further, unnecessary changes in the young dog’s life. Later, after the puppy has settled, you can gradually change the food if you want to.
The first night
After an exciting day with lots of naps, cuddles and frequently going out to the toilet, it’s time for the first night’s rest. The puppy should definitely sleep in the bedroom, while he is getting used to the new environment. The dog’s bed should be placed next to your own, so it knows that someone is nearby. During the day, it also makes sense to associate his sleeping place with something positive. Give treats or cuddles when the puppy goes voluntarily into its bed.
It is up to you, whether your miniature poodle sleeps in a box, in a basket, or in your bed. A box, they say, is handy if you want to practice housebreaking because dogs don’t like to make their bed dirty. So, they will rather report in advance if they need to relieve themselves. But if the puppy sleeps in a basket, it could theoretically crawl out and urinate in a corner. Also keep in mind, if you want to allow your puppy to sleep in your bed, how difficult it can be to break this habit again. But in the end, you have to decide, what is important to you.
We made a good experience using a sleeping box. With the right training and preparation work, we can recommend it. After a short whining, Moki slept very well in his sleeping box. During the first few nights, he called in to pee once and otherwise slept through. Even when Moki was an adult, we still used the box for a long time. At home, it just stood open in his bedroom, which is also our study. When we traveled, we took the box with us and kept it closed overnight. But since Moki also slept well in his normal dog bed, we finally decided to remove the box completely after about 1.5 years.
Conclusion puppy pick-up:
There is nothing better than showing a little puppy the world and experiencing new adventures together. For the first few days, you should give the puppy plenty of time and take everything slowly. After the adaption phase, which can vary in length, you can start to explore more. When the puppy walks around his new home safely and without shyness, you can also introduce him to everyday noises, for example, a hair dryer, or vacuum cleaner. From this point on, short walks are also possible. However, you should always orientate yourself to the dog’s pace.