I bet you’re super excited about your new Beagle puppy! I want you to have a successful first week home with your new puppy so in this post I’m going to share my top tips for surviving the first week home with your new puppy!
If you haven’t brought your new puppy home just yet… here’s a tip…Make sure you bring your new puppy home in a crate.
I know you’ll be tempted to keep them on your lap on the way home but…You’re missing one of the very first opportunities to work on crate training with your puppy.
Bring your Puppy home safely
We want to keep your pup safe on the car ride home, we don’t put babies on our laps when riding in a car, they stay in a car seat…The same idea with a new puppy, keep them in a crate for safety.
Trust me if you want the first night to go smooth, you’ll heed my advice and start crate training asap!
What you need to puppy proof your home
Check out my new Beagle puppy Shopping List so you know which supplies to have on hand and which ones not to waste your money on.
Now don’t forget to puppy proof your home before puppy arrives, you can learn more about puppy proofing here.
You’ll want to set up a few things prior to pup’s arrival or if you just brought pup home, set these things up now.
1. A puppy pen inside for play, you can learn more about what to put in the puppy pen here, and what to put under it so accidents don’t ruin your floors.
2. Set up a puppy pen outside, this is where you’re going to take your pup to potty outside. We use a puppy pen when pups don’t have all vaccinations and we don’t want them to eat things on the ground.
3 Set your crate up in a semi-quiet place and get something bigger to put on top of the crate this way when you put the sheet or blanket on top, and the puppy won’t pull it in and chew on it.
Puppy Potty Training
When you arrive home you are going to take your puppy to the potty spot before you even enter the home.
Reward your puppy outside in the potty spot, not when they come back in. I only recommend you stay outside for about 10 mins tops not any longer, this gives the pup a chance to play or lose focus when they should going potty inside your home… make sure you give your pup access to one room right now.
Since you’re already working on potty training from the minute you bring your puppy home, you’re going to want to keep your Beagle pup in one room right now.
For most pups it’s going to be more than a month before they can be trusted with more space.
We give access to one room at a time so as not to overwhelm pup and set pup up to have more accidents inside.
You can use a puppy pen inside if you have a more open floor plan.
Now you’re going to want to follow a pretty tight schedule at least for the first week or so as your puppy adjusts to their new home.
Your puppy’s first week at home
Your pup’s first week home…During this first week, you’re going to want to limit visitors or extra excitement for your pup because they are already taking in so much in such a short amount of time.
Leaving litter and mother or rescue group… new home, new routines, new schedule, new people, new everything.
Wait about a week to introduce your puppy to people outside your home.
If you’re introducing a new puppy to kids… advise all kids to be calm, quiet, and to sit in a chair upon first meeting the puppy.
Kids sitting on the floor tend to want to grab the puppy, hug, kiss, and overwhelm puppy too fast. Once pup is feeling more comfortable and confident, have one child at a time, move to the floor, not all at once.
Let pup come to them, have kids remain calm and quiet, no fast movements.
Dogs are drawn to movement and may think kids are playing so puppy may nip or bite thinking this is what they are supposed to do.
Whether you’re taking pup out to potty, walking them around the house or meeting new people… make sure they are on a leash.
One of the skills you’ll be working on during week one is leash skills. Many pups panic when a collar and leash are first introduced.
We want to make collar and leash a positive experience and use them often as these are skills they will need for years to come.
I see all too often new Beagle puppy owners letting their pups roam free outside to potty or walk around the yard because they say the pup freaks out when they collar and leash get put on.
Teaching pup early on to wear these will help training go much smoother. The pup will stay more focused on the task at hand instead of take off.
Now during week 1 you’ll also be working on something trainers call impulse control. This means your puppy will learn to control their excitement or behavior and things before they react.
This isn’t a skill a puppy knows right away, it has to be taught to them.
This is the difference between a puppy who knows how to politely sit to say hi vs one that jumps all over everyone to say hi.
Teaching your puppy commands
One puppy knows impulse control and manners and the other doesn’t. During week one you will also be working on Name Game with your puppy.
This means you will be teaching your puppy their name means tune in to you when you call it.
For this reason we don’t ever want to use our dog’s name in low corrective tones.
We want our pups to want to tune in, not tune us out. I use a firm eh-eh when I need to stop my pup from doing something. I don’t like, such as chewing on a shoe or furniture.
Anytime you correct your pup using the eh-eh, you have to redirect them to what you want them to be doing instead.
Keep in mind your puppy wasn’t born knowing what words mean so you shouldn’t be saying things like.
Come here, come on, leave it, quiet, knock it off, stay. If you ask for these words before you’re puppy actually knows what they mean… you’ll likely teach them the wrong word association.
This means if your puppy is barking and you say “quiet” (and they don’t really know what quiet means) you’re going to teach them the word quiet means keep barking.
Because you’re airing the word quiet with their barking. Pup has to stop barking first and then we can pair that silence with the word quiet.
Later down the road it becomes the command quiet in which our pup can then stop barking.
Now this same word association concept is applied to every single word or eventual command you want your puppy to know and follow.
During the first week home there is a lot happening and a ton your puppy can learn that will super beneficial for the weeks and months ahead.
Now the last tip I want to share with you is be prepared for barking, crying, biting and accidents.
I think new puppy owners underestimate how much new puppies are like brand new babies.
New puppies require a lot of time and commitment.
For example if your pup is having a tough time in their crate there are some super important tips to stop your puppy crying in the crate.
If your puppy is a baby shark, which most are… and your pup wants to bite you and the rest of the family. Take a look at this post. You’ll discover that puppies are drawn to movement and your hands and feet are easy targets because they move a lot.
You’ll want to make sure your puppy is not overtired which leads to extra biting and doesn’t have a ton of pent up energy which also leads to more biting.
Your pup will have lots of energy, so exercise and stimulation will help tire him out, and will help you get through the early weeks of living with your new Beagle pup.
Sarah is the Senior Editor at Beagle Owner. An avid reader of crime novels, fashion lover, and walking her Beagle Woody.