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It has officially been more than a week of puppy lovin’ over here. We were all so giddy about bringing the new pup home, and that feeling has pretty much held strong for the last 10 days. I will say, I had a bit of a dip where I thought maybe we had made a terrible choice, but I’m happy to report that things have leveled out quite a bit, and he’s making his way into my heart.
A new routine, especially in the midst of a global crisis may be a bit much for some people to handle. And, if I’m honest, it had me stressed. I think the first two days of getting to know our puppy was the most difficult, but by the third day, I felt like we had gotten into a pretty decent rhythm. We have stuck to the same schedule since that third day or so, and it has worked well.
This is a schedule based on our puppy’s cues, and not anything that we have forced. One major change we made after the third day was having him nap in his crate rather than around the house. He had quite a few piddle accidents the first couple days, and most of them were because he woke up from a nap and had to go before we caught him.
He loves his crate, and we are so lucky he sleeps through the night. I had forgotten how much new puppies sleep. We just try to make sure that whenever he is awake he is engaged in stimulating activities. We do a lot of outside play and training. Margy is our resident dog trainer, and they’ve been making great progress.
Getting a new dog in the middle of so much uncertainty has possibly been the best thing we’ve ever done. Not only has it provided a little sliver of normalcy, but it has provided a lot of comfort and affection for our girls. And who knows what kind of puppy love we’re going to need in the future.
Yay ! thanks for this inspiring schedule. I have one question. So after he goes to bed, do you guys get up and take him out to potty later that night?
I am sorry for such a late reply! No, we did not get up to take him out in the middle of the night. Granted, he slept. Since, there have been a few nights where we have to get up because he cries or barks, and he needs to go out, but then he goes right back to bed.
I am on day 3 of a new puppy and let me tell you i have not gotten an ounce of sleep. We try to put her in her crate at night to sleep but she has literally cried the entire night! How is she not exhausted! I dont know what else to do for her to like the crate. Any suggestions?
Ahhh, I wish I would have seen this sooner! I hope you’re getting more sleep now. I am sure you have figured things out, but we did have a toy and blanket that smelled like his mom in the crate with him along with a cozy pad. If you can encourage them to explore their crate during the day that sometimes helps, too. Did you end up pulling out a sleeping bag? 🙂
Regina C King
Wish I could print out this schedule. Great ideas. Thanks!