It is important to remember that Puppies are new to this world. Almost everything that they are experiencing, they are experiencing for the first time. For this reason, it is important to expose them to new things with a positive attitude. When you bring your new puppy home, make sure that it is not too overwhelming. Allow your puppy to check out the areas where it will stay and reward positive behaviour in these areas. It is a good idea to show your puppy where you expect it to toilet before anything else. If your puppy does use this area right away be sure to reward the behaviour right away as well. It is not unusual for puppies to be afraid of loud noises, strange animals or people. You should be sure to expose your puppy to a wide variety of experiences while rewarding him for the behaviour you expect. For example, if your puppy sits quietly while you turn the hairdryer on reward your puppy with praise or a treat. Do not coddle a puppy who is nervous or you may reinforce this behaviour resulting in an anxious dog.
Puppies do not sleep through the night right away so be prepared for some sleepless nights when you bring your puppy home. If your puppy does wake at night, take him to his potty area. If he goes there bring him back to his sleeping area and ignore him again. He will likely fall back to sleep quickly. If he wants to play instead, ignore this behaviour or he may continue it and it will be more difficult to get him to sleep through the night. Remember that he has just come from his mom and was likely surrounded by a litter of siblings. Night time alone can be a little scary. Give him a warm soft blanket and indestructible oat bag or water bottle to sleep with. Sometimes a ticking clock can help as well.
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