5 First Time Puppy Tips

first time puppy tips

Hey friends!

It has been about six months since we adopted our dachshund puppy, Oscar, from the animal shelter. We did a lot of research about puppies before adopting because this was our first adoption as adults. We both had pets growing up and we currently have a cat but we weren’t the ones adopting the animals before now.

I went into puppy motherhood knowing that there would be accidents, chewing, and lots of early morning bathrooms breaks. I really talked the whole puppy thing up in my head and made it more difficult than it is. Having a puppy is hard work but it is so worth it. When we rescued Oscar he was underweight and ecstatic to finally have a home of his own. It has brought Brett and I so much joy to give him the love that he deserves. Yes, sometimes it’s annoying when he shreds his brand new toy or has an accident in the house. But it’s 100% worth it when he’s cuddled up with Lucy and we feel that our little family is complete (for now).

Here are a few first time puppy tips and tricks that I learned along the way!

1. Set a schedule and stick to it! This is easy for me because I wake up at the same time Monday through Friday and have trouble sleeping in on the weekends.  Oscar is used to waking up at the same time everyday, going outside, and eating breakfast. At night he gets to lay in bed with Brett while I take a shower and then he’s happy to go to his crate to sleep.

2. Decide early on if you want your dog to be crate trained. Some people are very anti-crate but the dogs that I have had in my life have always had a positive relationship with their crates. For Oscar, I put in a memory foam bed, a cozy blanket, and a couple of toys in his crate. The first night we brought him home he went right in his crate at bedtime and fell asleep. His crate is in our bedroom and it feels like he views it at his own personal space. When he gets tired he goes in and falls asleep. Starting him in his crate right away really helped the transition and got him used to it.

3. Take your puppy outside every two hours in the beginning. This might seem like overkill but your puppy is still getting used to his or her new environment. There are so many new smells and it may take time for your puppy to feel comfortable going to the bathroom. We have a fenced in yard but we took Oscar out on a leash for the first week or so to get him comfortable.

4. Positive affirmations are key! Oscar loves a good tummy rub when he does the right thing. He’s not super into treats and would much rather hear that he’s a good boy. I talk to him a lot and he seems to know whether or not he’s being good based on my tone. Dogs seem to want to please their owners so it’s important to let them know when they do!

5. Have lots of things for your puppy to chew on. Oscar was teething when we got him and he wanted to chew on everything. So far he hasn’t chewed anything that isn’t his but I think that’s because we keep him busy with non rawhide bones and puppy teething rings. If he wasn’t busy with his toys I’m sure he would get into way more trouble.

Adopting an animal is super rewarding but is also a huge responsibility! It’s important to go in knowing that there will be challenges.

Do you have any puppy training tips?

Thanks for reading!

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Meet Oscar – The Story of Our Rescue Dog

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Hey friends!

The most exciting thing happened a couple of weeks ago. If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen but….

Brett and I finally adopted our first dog together! We have been considering taking this step for a while and we finally pulled the trigger. His name is Oscar and he is a 5ish month old Dachshund puppy. He may be a Dachshund mix but we aren’t completely sure at this point in time.

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It seems like Oscar has had a bit of a rough life. We found him at an Animal Shelter about 30 minutes from our house. My sister and I went to meet him one day after work. Brett didn’t want to go because he thought that he might get too attached.

One of the first things I noticed about Oscar was how tiny he seemed in the small meeting room that the Shelter used. His ribs were very noticeable and the lady we were talking to said that he was malnourished and under weight. I couldn’t believe how sweet and cuddly he was even though he was just meeting us.

It was love at first sight. I knew in my heart that I wanted to adopt this little puppy and make sure that he had the best life ever! Brett and I knew that we wanted a rescue dog, we wanted to save a life. If you’ve read my post about my parent’s dog, Megan, then you would already know just how important rescue animals are to me. We changed Megan’s life and she certainly changed ours too!

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We visited Oscar on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon the Shelter called to tell us that they had reviewed our application and were allowing us to adopt Oscar! I was at work at the time so after I hung up I went running over to my co-workers and shouted the good news! I was, and still am, so excited!

On Friday May 25th Oscar was neutered. That afternoon, Brett, Dani, and I picked him up from the Shelter. I couldn’t wait to bring him home and give him all the love that he deserves. During the car ride home Oscar rested his head on my shoulder and gave us all so many kisses. I could tell that he was happy to be going home with us.

So far Oscar has been the sweetest puppy and is the perfect addition to our little family. He is doing really well with his potty training and loves sleeping in his crate. The night we brought him home we set up his crate with a bed, blanket, and his soft toys. He went right in at bedtime and fell asleep!

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I was most worried about how Oscar would behave around our cat Lucy. So far, so good though! Lucy mostly ignores him and Oscar tends to chase her from time to time. But mostly they will both snuggle up with me on the couch at night. Lucy has adjusted to him fine and I know that with time they may even become friends.

Our little family has grown to four members and we couldn’t be happier! Stay tuned for more puppy adventures!

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