So you’ve brought your new Puggle home for the first time. Hopefully after a few hours in the house he will be feeling more comfortable. But night comes around soon enough and your puppies sleeping arrangements need to be in place. While all puppies need special care for the first few nights at their new home, there are a few special Puggle issues you need to keep in mind.
o Your Puggle is a very affectionate dog and loves to be around people. He will be happiest and feel the most secure if he can sleep with you in your bed. Up till now he was used to having his mother and siblings around at nights. But is this a good idea? Some breeders feel that with for social dogs like the Puggle, it is a good idea to let them sleep in your bed for the first few days till they feel secure in their new environment. Others feel that this is a bad habit that should not be encouraged, even on day one. Basically, it your call. But whatever you decide, stick to it. Changing the system will confuse any puppy. This will be more so in the case of a Puggle who loves human company.
o If you are not going to let your Puggle sleep with you, the best option is to sue a crate.
o After placing the puppy in the crate and closing the door, keep the light on and sit near him for a while till his comfort level increases.
o Place the crate near your bed so you can talk to him if he cries at night. If need be get up and talk comfort once or twice, but do not make this a habit or your Puggle puppy will start demanding it every night.
o Crating will help in housebreaking your Puggle since dogs dislike soiling the places they sleep.
o Puppies tend to over eat, and Puggles are more prone to this than some other breeds. Remove his food and water in advance before bed time. What goes in has to come out and puppies have little bladder control.
o Play with your Puggle puppy until he starts getting really tired. Be careful not to overtire him, because then he could get restless and have trouble getting to sleep.
o Take the puppy out for a walk before sleeping. He will not be housebroken as yet, unless the person you bought him from has done this, so whether he “goes” or not is not going to be certain.
o Even if he does “go” remember that puppies have only limited bladder control when they are very young, so be prepared if you have to clean up.
o If your dog is sleeping in the morning when you wake up, do not wake him. He will wake on his own as he hears you moving around.
o As soon as he wakes up give your Puggle a hug and pat and take him out or show him the old newspapers. A puppy may not realize how much he needs to “go” until its too late. Get him into the habit from day one.
Acclimatizing your Puggle to his new home is not housebreaking him, but it is just as important.