Owning a Puppy Means More Patience
Case in point: When Maria brought her 12-week-old boxer home from the breeder, it threw up twice in her car and pooped three times on her oriental carpet. Typical, say experts, who recommend preventing this and other first-day calamities by:
- Bringing somebody with you to hold the puppy for the ride home from the breeder or shelter. It’s dangerous for a new puppy to roam loose in the car. Also, puppies almost always get sick on their first few rides, so bring a couple of old towels as well.
- Introducing the dog to each room at home on leash. The point is to do it in a controlled way so the dog isn’t running crazy. Avoid those rooms that are off limits.
- Making sure your new puppy has a quiet place to sleep — and not your bed. “I prefer a crate, but you can also find a quiet, but not isolated, spot in the house,” said Gajkowski.
- Preparing to take the puppy out to do its business every hour or two. If it doesn’t go, take it out again 10-15 minutes later.