Preparation is key: Puppy-proof home, set up sleeping/play areas, designate potty spots, define boundaries. Plan for success.
Avoid disasters: Don't leave puppy unattended. Confine or tether when not actively watching. Prevent accidents and damage to belongings.
Positive crate association: Feed meals in crate, close after puppy starts eating. Open once done. Gradually increase time inside. Use baby steps to avoid spooking.
Comfort for new puppies: Place comforting stuffed animal with heartbeat in crate. Warm it up for extra reassurance. Help ease anxiety during early nights.
Ease first-night jitters: Keep puppy near you, crate at bed level. Comfort through crate door. Take for potty breaks. Gradually move crate away and to designated sleeping area.
Teach "come" on leash: Toss treat, pup eats, faces you. Say "come," mark, and reinforce as they move towards you. Repeat as a game.
Prevent accidents: Confine puppy to a small area. Gradually grant access to the rest of the home as they become accident-free. One room per month guideline.
Watch for cues: Observe dog's body language during potty time. Note pre-potty behaviors for indoors too. For example, circling may indicate need to go. Act accordingly.
Create puppy hangout: Set up gated room or playpen. Include crate with bed and potty pad. Provide safe space when away for hours.
Stop puppy biting: End play if too rough. Walk away briefly as a timeout. Redirect to chew toy, away from body. Teach appropriate chewing behavior.