Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated February 17, 2009)
Whenever you buy a new puppy, it takes a few days for it to acclimate and get used to its new environment. You will probably have to endure messes and unwanted tinkling during the day, and whimpering and unwanted tinkling during the night. While puppies are so incredibly adorable, it does take a while to get used to it, and it takes a while for it to get used to you and your family. There are a few tricks you can try to make the transition a little easier, which will increase the happiness and well being of yourself and your puppy.
I think that almost everyone feels homesickness at one point or another in their lives, and that is not a fun feeling. Puppies are no exception to this rule. Just like any other child, when puppies are separated from their mothers, they can feel some anxiety and have a hard time adjusting to the new house and family. One thing you can try, that will almost definitely help your puppy sleep and feel more comfortable in your house, is to put your puppy to bed with a hot water bottle. The warmth from the hot water bottle will help simulate the warmth the puppy felt with its mother, and that comfort will help the puppy relax and finally fall asleep. Also, if you can wrap the hot water bottle in a cloth to better insulate the warmth (and protect your puppy from any heat too intense), you can help your puppy transition homes. If the cloth smells like you or your home, then by sleeping with that, the puppy will soon start to feel much more comfortable in its new abode.
Being homesick is never fun, and so when you have a new puppy, you want to mitigate its homesick feelings as much as possible, so it can adjust well to its new settings. The hot water bottle will help put your puppy at ease, so it won't feel compelled to whine at night and whimper for its mother. You can find a hot water bottle at any Target, Wal-Mart, or general convenience store. Water bottles are cheap, effective, and definitely a good investment.
So, having a puppy is an adventure of sorts. It really is like having an extra member of the family, and puppies definitely take up a lot of extra time. You'll want to accustom your puppy as quickly as possible, and I'm pretty sure there will come that time when you are completely ready to try just about anything to get your puppy adjusted. So, you should definitely try the ticking clock trick to get your puppy to sleep. You and your puppy will be so much more rested!
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