Q. When brining home our new puppy, I've been told that rubbing a blanket on the other litter mates and using it as a comfort helps reduce stress. True?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Having familiar objects can certainly help your new puppy to adjust to his new surroundings. Familiar scents such as a blanket with the scent of litter mates as well as a warm water bottle wrapped in a towel or a ticking clock wrapped in a warm towel can all help. These mimic the smell and sound of litter mates, which can help a scared puppy feel a little more comfortable. As he gets more used to you, these objects will be less needed. Also, congrats on your new puppy!