Our new puppy is home! I was a little nervous about how our first day with a new puppy was going to go, but thankfully we managed just fine. Her name is Lucy, she’s a 2nd generation cockapoo, and she’s redish in color.
The boys and I picked her up from the breeder and she immediately gravitated toward my middle son. On our way home she couldn’t get comfortable until she was in his lap, and once she got there she was calm the rest of the way home. It was priceless to watch, and I wonder if she will continue to gravitate toward him as the years go by? Only time will tell.
Thankfully we had our new puppy essentials on hand when we got home.
- dog crate
- dog crate liners
- puppy pads
- teething toys
- Iams Smart Puppy food
The only thing I was missing was shampoo, but I used the boys White Rain 3 in 1 body wash/shampoo/conditioner and it worked great. She definitely needed a bath after running around outside with the boys before bedtime, and she had a strong odor that I’m hoping will lighten up over time and baths.
Her first full day was mostly sleeping so she stayed in the crate, was outside to pee/poop, but unfortunately only drank a little water and didn’t eat anything. The breeder warned me that would happen so I knew it was normal. She was peeing and pooping so that was a good sign.
Our first night was a little rough, because she did wake up a few times and cried; however, I knew she was fine so I left her alone. Thankfully she fell back to sleep each time. It was hard not to go and comfort her, but I read that if I react to her cry then she will learn that it gets my attention. So by not reacting after “lights out” she will quickly learn that bedtime means bedtime. Hum, sounds like what I did with our three boys to help them learn to sleep through the night.
So our family with a new furry member has begun, and it’s like having a newborn baby in the house again, but thankfully not as hard. I will say though I have 3 helpers that are old enough to help feed, bath, and make sure she gets exercise so for that I am thankful.