Bringing home a new dog or puppy is such an exciting time! And the first few weeks in your home are critical for setting expectations for them. It is essential to set up clear, consistent rules and patterns for your dog during this time.
Even if your dog may have had some experience with potty training in a previous home, you will want to take some time to reintroduce or retrain your dog about potty habits in your home. For more information, read our Potty Training resource.
We recommend providing a crate for your new dog. Every dog can benefit from learning how to relax in a confined area, like a crate.
A crate is never for “punishment.” Instead, it’s a safe, den-like area for your dog to relax, sleep, or eat.
Use a crate when you cannot supervise your dog to decrease the chance of any destructive accidents. For more information, read our Crate Training resource.
If you aren’t going to crate your dog, you should consider a dog-safe area to keep the dog in when you are away from home.
Next, you’ll also want to set up a dog-safe area. Essentially, this is a dog-proofed room, free from anything the dog may destroy or have accidents on.
The room should have a hard floor (no carpets, rugs, or other absorbent surfaces). When your dog is in this space, you can play calming music and provide some chew toys to keep them occupied.
Watch your dog closely
While exploring their new home, your dog may want to try new things. They might jump up on furniture, potty indoors, taste-test your house plants, or other behaviors you want to avoid.
In the first few days, always make sure your dog is in the same room as you. Then, you can easily and quickly redirect them to something more appropriate if needed.
Consider training classes
Obedience classes are great for teaching your dog manners. Additionally, they are also a great bonding experience for you and your dog. Classes will also train you on the best way to manage your dog’s behaviors.
Your dog will also benefit from safe socializing with other people and dogs while learning to stay focused on you.