Snow, 7 weeks old, photo courtesy of Tin Martelino
The First Few Weeks
Bringing home a new puppy is a fun and exciting time. And it is for your pup too; however, it can also be very overwhelming and even a bit stressful.
You'll want to provide a calm environment, meeting just his new immediate family first. Greeting neighbors, friends, and others can wait until the puppy is settled in.
New puppies need to be reminded where their food and water bowls are. And so leave both out at all times. Food should remain out, and refreshed often, for the first month.
It is not unusual for a brand new puppy to whine or cry, especially at night. You may find that providing a companion toy, similar to those used for separation anxiety, can offer comfort to a puppy that is missing his mother and littermates.