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First Night with Your New Puppy: What to Expect!

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First Night with Your New Puppy: What to Expect!

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Adopting a new puppy is a wonderful adventure! But it’s critical to understand what to expect when you bring home that new bundle of fur!

 

If you missed our last blog, the “4 Needs to Address on the First Day with Your New Puppy,” you can read it here. In this blog, we address what to expect on the first night with your new puppy!

 

Your Puppy’s Safe Space

One of our tips in the last blog was to introduce your puppy to his personal, safe space. This is also the space you’ll use for him to sleep. It should be in a quiet place so they can rest without distractions. It should also allow him to see and smell you for comfort.

Before you bring home the new puppy, set up his safe, quiet place with the following:

  • A crate. Not only is a dog crate a safe space for your puppy, but it’s also an invaluable training tool for housebreaking. For effective potty training, you must use the correct size. The crate should only be large enough for your puppy to sit or stand up and turn around. Their natural inclination is to not soil their sleeping area. If you want to use a crate your puppy can grow into, choose one that offers removable barriers to increase the size of the crate as your puppy grows but again, does not give too much space for your puppy to soil in.
Small Puppy Sleeping on a White Blanket
Soft Bedding will Help Your Puppy Sleep the First Night
  • Include a comfortable bed or blanket in the crate. One with mom’s scent or that of his littermates can also create a sense of security for the new puppy.
  • Puppy toys that are safe and age-appropriate and not too small for the puppy to accidentally swallow.

 

Keep Consistent Potty Breaks

Young puppies require consistent and frequent potty breaks. Not only are the muscles to hold the bladder still not fully developed, but:

  • Anxiety or stress.
  • Excitement.
  • Overall health; and
  • Ingestion of water and/or meals

will all play a role in how often they need to use the bathroom.

A common potty break schedule for puppies is:

Small Black and Tan Dog Going the Bathroom on Grass
Give Your Puppy Plenty of Potty Breaks
  • When they first wake up in the morning.
  • After meals and water. (Puppies need to pee within 10-30 minutes of drinking.)
  • After naps.
  • After playtime.
  • Before bedtime.

 

Watch your puppy’s cues and behavior and create a schedule that works best for him to avoid accidents. Remember to be patient as your puppy learns how to control his bodily functions. Most puppies will learn to control their bladder around 4-6 months, although some may do it as early as 3 months or others could take up to 9 months.

A common rule of thumb: puppies should be able to hold their bladders for one hour for each month of age. For example, a two-month-old puppy can typically hold its bladder for 2 hours. But again, it’s important to work with your puppy’s cues and behavior and not impose arbitrary rules. Always give them plenty of opportunities to relieve themselves especially before going to bed and don’t punish them for accidents in the house. Also, especially early on, expect to take your puppy out for potty breaks during the night.

 

How to Comfort a Restless Puppy

Remember, your puppy has been with his mother and siblings before coming to your home. So, it is normal for him to whine, cry or bark as he realizes he is on his own. Check on him every so often to make sure he’s ok and does not need a potty break.

Here are some tips to help you get through your puppy’s adjustment.

  • Create a bedtime routine to help your puppy calm down and get ready to go to sleep. Limit any water intake an hour or two before bedtime and make sure their bladder is empty before bed.
  • Provide a plush toy for your puppy to snuggle up against as he did with his mom and litter.
Small Puppy Laying on his Side with a Small Teddy Bear Toy
Small Puppy Laying on his Side with a Small Teddy Bear Toy
  • If possible, place a blanket, towel or toy with his mom’s scent on it inside the crate to help the puppy self-soothe and sleep.

 


Tote Bags from Arkansas Bear Creek Goldens and Doodles
Tote Bags from Arkansas Bear Creek Goldens and Doodles

 

ARKANSAS BEAR CREEK GOLDENS AND DOODLES

We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with Tara Russ at the Dogs Dresser to make new tote bags for our 2023 litters of puppies!

 

These specialty bags will be part of our Puppy Welcome Kit for deposits placed on puppies before 8 weeks of age.

Please email, text or call us at 870-404-0127 or 870-404-1189 for more information about upcoming litters or to get on our waiting list.


 

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Ariel Whitley
Ariel Whitley
May 10, 2022.
I got a little boy doodle from here and he is a great dog! He has the best of both breeds in him. The perfect personality and has been so easy to train. He is a great addition to my family and a perfect companion for my Pomeranian. I couldn’t be happier! I am out of state and the whole process to get him was very smooth and I have no complaints. Would definitely recommend them!
Monica Hamilton
Monica Hamilton
April 24, 2022.
We Love Our new Aussie doodle Duke! As a first time owner Mona was very nice and helpful about puppy care. She answers all questions!! She made coordinating picking up our pup supper easy!! She provided all documentation and goodies to send home with duke making his transition to his new home smooth! If you’re looking for an Doodle mix puppy I would recommend them!
Clinton Baird
Clinton Baird
April 23, 2022.
A great experience with obviously very experienced breeders. Our journey was clear the whole way. The team was great in explaining. Could not be happier with the Goldendoodle addition to our family.
Jim Conerton
Jim Conerton
April 11, 2022.
Our Sammy Joe is now 10 months old and what a beautiful dog. We have had Goldens for over 20 years so we’re very familiar with the breed. He is very healthy and very smart. Mona was so helpful when we contacted her in our search for a dog. We told her what our lifestyle was and what type of puppy we were looking for. She definitely recommend the best dog for us (thanks!) hopefully I’ll get a recent picture of Sammy and add to this post. Thanks again Jim & Paulette
Mollie Duddleston
Mollie Duddleston
April 11, 2022.
Mona and her family were wonderful to work with. She consistently gave updates as we waited for Oakley to be born. We enjoyed selecting our puppy and then receiving weekly pictures and updates as we awaited picking up Oakley to bring her into our family.Oakley is an incredible dog!! She is spunky, yet gentle. She LOVES people! She has been a fun puppy and very easy to train. She follows instructions well, and we couldn’t be more pleased with this addition to our family.We highly recommend Arkansas Bear Creek Goldens and Doodles for beautiful, well bred dogs who are sharp, smart and easy to train. Mona is wonderful to deal with and Oakley has been a wonderful addition to the Duddleston family.
Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
April 10, 2022.
They were very professional. And they even met us half way. Quality animals. Very Healthy. Definitely would recommend this Professional Organization
Suzy Tusing
Suzy Tusing
April 10, 2022.
Three years ago we bought our golden retriever From Bearcreek, she was 10 weeks old. The next day Mona called us to check on her. Throughout Riley’s life, Mona was always there to answer questions and to help us. They truly love their dogs and it shows. I recommend Arkansas Bearcreek to anyone who wants a happy puppy.
Rebecca Moreira
Rebecca Moreira
April 9, 2022.
Could not be happier with my experience with Arkansas Bear Creek Doodles. They raise the puppies like their own with so much love and care. They were so easy to work with and brought Lexie with everything I could need to get her thorough the first few weeks of transition, including medicine in case she got sick and her favorite toy. She has been the BEST dog.
Pamela Benskin
Pamela Benskin
April 9, 2022.
Our family has purchased 2 puppies from Mona's family. Both of the are wonderful dogs. They're not only adorable, but they have great temperaments and are extremely smart. Both puppies were housebroken in only a few weeks. They're both wonderful family members. I would definitely buy another puppy from them.
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