25th March

How can you ensure your dog is properly bedded in?

Bringing your pup home for the first time is among the best as far as new experiences go. It can be a little daunting and scary at first, but it doesn't have to be. We've compiled our top tips to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Sleeping Habits

For the first few days, you’ll need to establish your sleep training schedule. There are a number of different tactics you can follow.

Popular methods include crate training. Crate training is a process of teaching your dog to use a crate or cage as a safe and familiar place. This is one of the tougher methods, and it can take time and effort. It limits their access to your house, but also provides them with somewhere they feel safe. Crates are also a great way of transporting your dog and keeping their toys in one place.

Some people do like to let their dog sleep in their bedroom in the early days, allowing them to properly bed themselves into their new surroundings. This is great for bonding with your dog but does make sleep training is more difficult.

Once your dog has been properly introduced to their surroundings, it’s time to move them into their own dog bed which can be kept in their crate, or in a separate room in your home. Don’t forget to consider the following factors:

  • What are the best dog beds?

  • What size is right for them?

  • Do they have any allergies?

  • Are they comfortable?

  • Does your pooch have any special requirements?

Once you’ve taken these points into account you are ready to go out and buy your dog bed.

Make the most of bonding time

Once you’ve created that bond with your pup, it’s a friendship for life.

There are a number of different ways you can bond with your dog. The main way to your pooches heart is long walks and play time. Walkies are your dogs favourite time of the day, it gives them a chance to get out into the fresh air and have some freedom. Treat them by taking them to the park, letting them off their lead and playing fetch.

Creating a bond with your dog is vital, especially during the early days. So make your first impressions count.

Feeding Time

Needless to say, the other love of your puppy’s life is food. Unfortunately, however, that includes our food. Creating good habits in the early days will help to prevent them from begging, and focus more on their own food.

There are certain foods your dog should avoid consuming at all costs, and these include the following:

  • Chocolate

  • Cooked bones (they can splinter and cause gastrointestinal damage)

  • Grapes

  • Onions and Onion Powder

  • Coffee or caffeine products

  • Bread and yeast dough

  • Garlic

  • Fruit Seeds

These are just some of the items your dog should avoid, there are full lists available.

A little bit of alone time

It’s vital that you let your pooch have a little bit of alone time, so they can get used to you not always being around. They may cry out and whine, but you need to try and ignore it. One of the most important stages of a puppies development is learning how to cope without you, so you have to allow them to have some space. Puppies need around 18 hours of sleep a day, so leaving them shouldn’t be too difficult.

Find them a room that you feel comfortable leaving them alone in, and give them an hour or so to themselves. Eventually, you’ll be ready to leave them for an extended period. Just make sure to keep anything out of their way that you don’t want chewing up or breaking!

A good night’s sleep

At Raised by Humans, we stock a range of designer dog beds for pooches of all shapes and sizes. They have everything to make your pooch feel at home, in bold and fresh colours and styles that truly make your home a brighter place to live.

By Raised By Humans