The first three days that a new puppy spends with you are crucial as far as emotional adjustments, health, and general well-being are concerned. To give it your puppy the best transition, try placing yourself in its position and think about how the puppy must feel. The puppy may have been sent to your home through an airplane or probably has driven many miles since you picked it from La Terra Dios Westies. Either way, the “baby” has experienced a whole new environment change, far away from all it ever knew. Now, it is in an entirely strange environment with new masters. This scenario is the reason why the cute little one needs to be given a keen eye during the first 72 hours, taking caution not to hurt its emotions. Under certain conditions, puppies and dogs can become stressed easily.
Westies are resilient, strong, and adaptable, but it is important that the new puppy in the family be given the best transition as much as possible after being picked up from my home. The best learning stage for puppies is at the age of 5 to 10 weeks. It compares to 4 years old in humans. It is an ideal time to mold any personality and enhance it. Most of the things done at this stage will define their lifetime personality. This is one of the reasons why I like to retain the puppies until their 10th week. This period is when they need to learn how to play well, learn that they can injure others with their teeth, learn eye and body coordination as well as learn to avoid excessive barking and noise. Teaching the things mentioned above till the puppies are ten weeks old is important for me because I feel it’s necessary for the buyers to receive high-quality puppies. Another significant advantage of retaining them until their 10th week is that the puppies undergo all the basic training in the meantime, such as sit, lead, potty and some verbal commands.
After arriving at your place, it is essential for your puppy to be exposed to you and your family during their first 72 hours. Of course, I understand the desire to show your relatives and friends the new puppy you have. But these first 72 hours are critical for him or her to get used to his or her new life. Your new little one will need to spend as much time with you as possible. Always remember that for every hour this puppy is awake, it will need an hour of sleep. Water and food should always be offered on a regular schedule. If not, then water should be made available at all times while the food can be provided at three relatively equal intervals when the puppy is awake. When in its new home, the puppy may want to explore every corner but may still fear unfamiliar things. Don’t lose contact with the puppy’s location in the house. With new things in its sight and more explorations to be done, the puppy’s potty time can be forgotten, or it may already be too late to hold his bladder any longer.
Remember that kids may find it difficult to hide their excitement with the puppy in the house. Your puppy hasn’t been exposed to the sounds and loudness associated with children before. As time goes by, your puppy will become accustomed to the noise. However, with the changes your puppy has undergone, it would be better if the noise is kept to a low minimum for a couple of weeks. Everything is downright strange from what he used to know. Therefore, loving your new puppy and being gentle are essential for him to have a smooth transition.
Potty times are also important. Puppies always want to pee within 30 seconds after drinking, eating or waking up. Westies often want to stay away from their potty areas. They want to go near a wall or a corner. Therefore, if you have a portable outdoor pen with an entry, this can be an excellent spot for potty. If used right from the start and continuously as he grows, he may use the spot even when he’s older. Always remember to move its potty spot to a new place to avoid saturating the area. As long as it is aware of the location, it will always go there when it needs to potty. While taking your dog outside to potty, you can always command them, like “OUTSIDE —POTTY.”
You should avoid exposing your puppy to other dogs for several days after having its second puppy vaccination. Before then, it is vulnerable to contract serious illnesses, and therefore I highly recommend you to restrict their exposure to others. All your friends coming to your place with their dogs must stay away for some time in the beginning. This is the time when the health of your puppy becomes a matter of concern.