Congratulation on the newest addition to your family! Not long now before your bouncing little bundle will be a big part of your everyday lives.
Now is the time to plan what you need to bring your puppy home safely.
- Plan your journey in advance.
Your puppy will be new to traveling and chances are they are going to be feeling unsettled and a little travel sick so work out where you are going first. If you have along journey you will need to think about breaks for water, toileting and possibly meal times (although you may want to think about leaving their tummies empty for a few hours until you get home to avoid sickness).
Ideally transport your puppy in a suitable size crate that is secured into your vehicle. Alternatives are a harness and doggy seatbelt but be careful they don’t wiggle out or tangle themselves up. It is illegal to have your dog unrestrained in a moving vehicle and very distracting for the driver.
On the last visit to your puppy leave a towel with the breeder to put with the mother and puppies. When you transport your puppy home the familiar scent of the mother and siblings on the towel will help relax your puppy. A blanket or small dog bed will also help them to be cosy and settle on the way home.
Your puppy will be new to traveling, will not have their car legs yet and will most likely be a little car sick. Line their crate with newspaper or puppy training pads and take spares just incase.
Water should always be available to your puppy on any journey. Nausea or anxiety from the first journey will increase thirst too so take a short break and offer them water from a bowl. You can attach a bowl inside their crate for the journey but the likelyhood of your puppy stepping in it or spilling it is pretty high.
For long journeys you will need to feed your puppy. Your breeder should be able to give you a little of the food they have been eating. Transitioning to a new diet should be done over a period of days and once your puppy has settled at home. While traveling, dry kibble is better than wet to keep a settled tummy. If your puppy was fed wet food, try plain boiled chicken and rice if they are travel sick. If your journey is a couple of hours or less, forgo meals en route and feed your puppy when you get home.
Take some fun activities and toys to keep them entertained between naps. Make sure these are puppy proof and they are situated where you can watch them.
Once your puppy is home structure and routine are key for setting your puppy up for success. If you need any support or advice about your puppy, contact us for the “Bringing Puppy Home” 2 hour training and advice session or call us on 01603 927272