Bringing home a new puppy is such an exciting time, so it's easy to overlook essential preparations during all that excitement!
You can take some steps to help your puppy settle into his new home quickly, comfortably and without fuss, making his life and yours much easier! Learn how to prepare for your new puppy's arrival and discover practical tips and advice to help your Cocker Spaniel feel at home.
Here are a few links to each section, briefly explaining what's covered. Enjoy!
If you've not yet brought your tiny fur bundle home, here are some things you can do in preparation for the big day!
Preparing for bringing your new puppy home is essential to help your new puppy settle in and manage without his mother and littermates.
No matter how hard you try, a couple of last-minute things will always be forgotten in the excitement of bringing a new puppy home.
When it's time to collect and bring your puppy home, your 'smelly' tee-shirt, the blanket, and the toy will have his mother's and his litter-mates scent on them.
This will help your Cocker Spaniel puppy feel more comfortable and secure in his new strange human world.
It's so exciting that you're bringing home a new puppy, and the day has finally arrived to collect him from the breeders!
It would help to consider how you will get him to his new home.
If you're going by car, which is more likely, ask someone to drive you. If your pup becomes restless or anxious, you can take care of him without worrying about controlling the car.
If you're on your own, take a dog crate, a pet carrier, or even a cardboard box with ventilation holes punched into the lid to ensure your new puppy isn't loose in the car.
Getting your puppy to his new home, safe, sound, and without trauma, will be your overriding aim here. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that.
It doesn't bear thinking about, does it? But fatal accidents happen all too easily and all too quickly! They don't know any different at this young age and they certainly don't understand that fast moving cars can be dangerous!
Personally, I'd keep him inside and wouldn't take any risks. Let him pee on you if he has to; he's just too precious!
I think you'll agree that this video from Syndia Art sums up the excitement of bringing home a new puppy, a golden Cocker Spaniel. He's absolutely beautiful, and I feel her excitement! I hope you enjoy it!
At last, you've arrived home with your cute little ball of fur, and now all you want to do is cuddle, stroke, play and generally make a fuss of him.
There's nothing wrong with that, but there are a couple of things I recommend you do first!
If you don't want your new puppy to pee in the house as soon as you get him through the door, take him into the garden.
Take him to the spot you've chosen for him to do his toilet, and let him wander around for a little while to see if he wants to pee, but don't leave him alone.
After a few minutes, regardless of whether he's peed or not, take him inside, and introduce him to his new family.
Show him his sleeping area, and give him a few minutes to explore it. (I'm hoping you've chosen to use a crate for his bed - I recommend it!).
Next, take him to his feeding area and show him his food bowl (with a morsel of food) and his water bowl, filled to the brim with fresh cold water. He may be thirsty and need a drink after his journey.
If he eats anything or takes a drink, you may need to take him outside again. Yes, you'll be doing a lot of that until he's fully potty trained!
If you have children, be sure you've read them the riot act and that they know how to behave around their new puppy.
When the pup is around, they must remain calm and reasonably quiet, making no sudden moves that could frighten him.
Next, take your new pet to a room where you can sit, relax, and spend a few quiet minutes together, without any distractions; this is great bonding time.
Your puppy may be quite lively if he's slept during the journey, so let him explore.
Watch your puppy like a hawk, especially if he didn't pee in the garden, because it's likely he still needs to be fully potty trained!
If he's tired, let him fall asleep, gently place him in his new crate and leave him.
As soon as he wakes, take him outside again to see if he wants to pee, then bring him inside and offer him some food.
Bringing a puppy home may be exciting for you and your family, but it can be quite an upsetting and anxious time for a tiny pup. Everything will be strange to him, so don't be surprised if he doesn't eat; he may need time to adjust to his new surroundings and family.
He'll also miss his mother and siblings' familiar, comforting smell. However, the scent from his blanket (which you left in the whelping box, now in his crate) should help him feel a little easier.
Your puppy will almost certainly cry during his first night because he'll miss the warmth and comfort of his mother and litter-mates. This can be heart-breaking, especially if you don't know what to do for the best.
What follows is a suggested new puppy care routine to help get him through his first night in his new home without too much trauma.
If your puppy continues to cry for the next couple of nights and you know he's warm and comfortable, not ill or in pain, you'll need to stand firm and leave him where he is; otherwise, he'll learn that when he cries, you'll always come to him.
Believe me, just like with babies, that's a recipe for disaster!
When you go to your puppy in the morning, don't be surprised if he's messed in his crate overnight, it's perfectly natural. Don't scold him or make a fuss; simply clean it up and get on with the day.
If he's still asleep or has just woken, take him straight outside before he has the opportunity to have any minor 'accidents'.
These tips about bringing home a new puppy will help to make you feel more confident
and help you to get him safely through his first night
in his strange new world.
But this is only just the beginning; the real work starts now!
Just like babies, puppies thrive on a routine, so I recommend carefully considering what that routine should be before bringing home a new puppy.
He will do a lot of sleeping, exploring, playing, eating and drinking (followed by peeing and pooping).
He must be toilet trained, groomed, exercised, obedience trained, and adequately socialized to help him grow up happy and confident about his environment.
This ultimate guide to Cocker Spaniel puppy care will help you with all this and more.
I recommend you begin a daily routine for your puppy from his first day in his new home and stick to it.