Bringing a new Goldendoodle puppy into the family is an exciting time. Whether this is your first dog or you’ve been a pet owner for a long time, every puppy is different, and it can take a while before your new fur friend feels like part of the family. If you want to ease the transition and start bonding with your new addition as soon as possible, here are some tips and tricks to help your Goldendoodle feel at home.
Embrace the Puppy Stage
Having a puppy is a lot like having a new baby in the house. It requires a lot of attention, near constant supervision, plenty of reminders and a heaping helping of patience. When you bring your puppy home, it’s important to remember that this is a new environment for them, and they have no idea what’s expected. They have to learn their names, learn how to tell you when they need out, understand that using the bathroom in the house isn’t OK and understand that everything that looks fun isn’t a toy. It’s a lot like being suddenly transported to a foreign country where you didn’t understand or speak any of the languages but were expected to behave like a local.
Lowering your expectations for the puppy stage can help you avoid disappointment and ensure your relationship with your dog gets a good start. Understand that your Goldendoodle puppy will have some accidents, may have a few setbacks even after they appear to be house-trained and may need you to make some lifestyle adjustments, like moving all the shoes behind a closet door to avoid them getting chewed up.
It’s also easy to get lost in the training and running your puppy outside every 10 minutes, and it’s important to take time to enjoy all of the fun parts of the puppy stage. Really pay attention as you take your new puppy into new experiences and places, and share in the joy in the first puddle jump or the first time they see a squirrel. These shared experiences and things like nap time cuddles are what solidify the bond between you and your new pack mate.
Bring Your Goldendoodle Along
Proper socialization is vital to raising a healthy, happy dog that’s able to interact with others — humans and animals — in a positive manner. Bringing your dog along with you whenever you can help you provide that socialization and makes it easy to spend more time together, which means faster bonding. Even something as simple as having your puppy join you on the post-dinner walk with the family or bringing them along in the car when you take the kids to and from school provides new sights, sounds and smells for your dog. There are also more and more stores now that are dog-friendly, including Lowe’s, Tractor Supply Company and most pet stores, where you can bring your dog along on your shopping trip.
When you’re working on preparing your home for your new Goldendoodle puppy, the most important thing you can do is give it time. While it may be an adjustment for everyone at first, after just a few weeks, it will feel like your dog has always been a part of the pack.
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