Surviving the First Night with Your Puppy

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Using a Crate


The best compromise can be setting a crate up in the bedroom or just outside of the open bedroom door. This way, the puppy knows you’re near. Very young puppies do not have the bladder capacity to hold it for the entire night, so it’s imperative that you can hear your puppy vocalizing when he needs to go out.


And speaking of “going,” before going to bed, take the puppy outside so that he can relieve himself. Getting into the habit of walking before bed will also tire him out and will be more likely to sleep soundly and less likely to disturb you as you sleep.


Again, remember that the puppy is not used to being alone in a crate. He will feel anxious and uncomfortable and is likely to make a lot of noise when you first put him inside the crate. Ignore the initial cries as your puppy settles down, but be aware that if your puppy wakes up in the middle of the night it probably means that he needs to go outside for a potty break.


When Nature Calls


Along with going out before bed, going out first thing in the morning should also become a habitual morning ritual. Puppies will typically relieve themselves in small amounts several times before they have finished an outing. Once he is finished, praise him with a pat and a small training treat and say a few praising words to let him know he has done the right thing.


One of the most important messages you can send to your puppy in those first days is that he is cared for and wanted, just as you would show those feelings toward a human child. This increases the chances that your puppy will attach to you in a healthy and confident way, without anxiety, and will grow to be a friendly, affectionate, loyal and obedient dog.


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