5 Tips for a Happy Child and Puppy home!
5 Tips for a Happy Child and Puppy home: By Rachel Bitmead at Life of My Family and Me
We have had our gorgeous puppy Charlie for nearly 4 weeks now. We have learnt a lot in the last few weeks about keeping our home happy for everyone.
I am not saying this will work for everyone but this has worked for me.
We have a list of rules that we sat down together to write up. We have written down things like no pulling his tail, adults only to give him his food and to encourage the toilet training.
Allowing each other individual time with your pup. If Miss M is playing with Charlie then Miss C isn’t allowed to join in the play. It causes a lot of upset for the girls and confusion for Charlie. They are allowed 5 minutes each with him before they swap over.
They have to learn to respect each others space and respect Charlie’s space too. When he is eating, going to the toilet or just wanting to rest. They must let him. It’s the same when my girls are tired, they want to chill.
4. Time out
Let your puppy sleep. A young puppy will sleep for around 16 hours per day. After a good 20 minutes of crazy play Charlie get tired. He would rather have a cuddle and lay on someone’s lap and chill out. When he starts falling asleep I will put in into his crate where his bed is. My girls know that if he is there, they have to leave him alone to sleep.
It is so important to get the puppy used to the house routine. Night time was noisy for a while! We decided from day one we were going to crate Charlie during the night and when we are out. We got one big enough for his bed, a puppy training pad and his water bowl to all fit into. Even though Charlie can be vocal, is doesn’t last long anymore. The last few nights he just goes straight to sleep without any whining at night. Being consistent really has worked. He is excepted that his crate is his bed and when he’s in it he sleeps.
Thank so much to Rachel for these brilliant tips to keep a new puppy and children at home happy! You can follow her on her blog (www.lifeofmyfamilyandme.com) and Twitter.