GET YOUR HOME PUPPY-PROOF
Besides feeling cozy, your Pembroke Welsh Corgis should feel safe in the habitat you share with him. This entails taking steps to ensure that puppies won’t get into trouble and that there isn’t anything around that could hurt him if he inspects, chews, or sniffs it. Taking such precautions also safeguards your possessions from him. Fragile items must be kept away from paw’s reach if your dog loves to explore. If he is restricted to specific areas in the home, store any potentially harmful things in the areas he’s not allowed in.
An electrical cord is a possible hazard for a puppy if he opts to chew on it. Cords must be secured against the wall, away from the dog’s teeth and sight. If your puppy spends time inside a crate, ensure that there isn’t anything close to it he can reach through gaps. Store anything containing chemicals, like household cleaners, in areas the puppy can’t get to. Particularly lethal to dogs is antifreeze.
It is also vital to ensure that the exterior of your house is safe. Granted, your puppy must always be supervised, but when he’s running around the backyard, he might get to something he shouldn’t. Don’t assume that a fence will stop him from getting to something he’s interested in, as dogs will dig holes or squeeze through gaps if they’re motivated enough. The solution is to make the fence sufficiently high (perhaps as high as 5’), close up any gaps, and strongly plant the barrier into the ground. Inspect the fence from time to time to make sure that it is holding up and make any necessary repairs; a dog dedicated to a goal will return to a certain area and work on it little by little until he can get through (or under) it.
VISITING THE VETERINARIAN FOR THE FIRST TIME
You’ve chosen your puppy, and your family and household are ready for him. All that needs to be done is bring him home from the breeder, correct? Not quite. You’ll need to get your Pembroke Welsh Corgis ready for his first trip to the vet. The dog’s breeder might be able to suggest someone in the neighborhood that is breed-specific, or perhaps you know another owner of a Pembroke Welsh Corgis who can recommend a quality veterinarian. Regardless, you must have an appointment lined up for your puppy prior to picking him up.
The dog’s initial visit will be comprised of an overall assessment to ensure that he doesn’t have any issues you’re not aware of. The veterinarian will also establish a timetable for the Pembroke’s vaccinations; the breeder will tell let you know which ones the puppy already got, and the vet can move forward based on that.
Each member of the family will anticipate the puppy’s homecoming. They will be excited to interact and engage with him, but it is prudent to make the introductions as modest as possible so he isn’t overwhelmed. He is going to be apprehensive from the beginning, as it’s the first time he’s not with the breeder or his mother, and the journey home might be his first time in a vehicle. He shouldn’t feel smothered, because this will only add to his stress and fear. Mind you, human interaction is very important in this part of the process, since this is the moment a connection between the humans and the puppy is developed. Soothing words and mild petting will help put him at ease, along with allowing him to check things out by himself (while you supervise him).
The Pembroke Welsh Corgis might be occupied with his exploration or approach people he’s surrounded by on his own. All members of the family should spend time with the dog individually, getting as close to him as possible, gently petting him while he sniffs their hands. He will need human contact and attention, which is how a bond is formed. Don’t forget that the animal is enduring most of these things for the first time simultaneously. There are new sounds, humans, and scents to explore, so be as delicate, comforting, and affectionate as possible.
FIRST NIGHT FOR THE PUP AT HOME
You’ve brought home your Pembroke safely. He’s been checked out by a veterinarian, his papers have been assessed, he’s been weighed, he’s been wormed and even vaccinated. All the members of the family have met him, including the cat who doesn’t care for him. He’s gone exploring throughout the house, found his new bed, played in the backyard, and all the others places he’s allowed in. He’s consumed his first meal and gone to the bathroom where he is expected to. He’s smelled new things, heard new sounds, and see more of the world than he’s ever been exposed to.
And that was just day one! He must be pampered out and ready for bed, right? Nope, not just yet!
It’s the dog’s initial night in his new home, and you’re ready to call it a day, but for him, it’s his first night sleeping by himself. His friends and family are no longer nearby, so he’s cold, frightened, and alone. He needs reassurance, but don’t spoil the puppy if he starts to whine.
That’s what puppies do when they want something. They want anyone within earshot to learn where they are – from their perspective, their persistence will pay off in the form of companionship. Your puppy should be placed in his new crate or bed in his room and near the door. He’ll fall asleep before you know it, and when he starts to whine, you can ignore him knowing he’s okay. Stand your ground and know that in doing so, you have his best interests at heart. Don’t feel guilty and cater to his cries. Sooner or later he will fall asleep.
Most breeders suggest putting some bedding from the dog’s old habitat into his new one, so he has a familiar scent nearby. He’ll smell his old companions in the bedding. You can also stuff a sock with other socks so the puppy has something to snuggle. To keep him warm, you might want to put a hot water bottle near his bed. This might be beneficial to the dog, assuming he doesn’t try to suckle it – he might not go to sleep to quickly and get wet in doing so.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgis’ initial night in your home can be a little stressful for him and his new family. Don’t forget that you’re establishing a nighttime mood in your residence. Stay true to your bedtime routine, or he will come to expect playtime at night. Your pup – and the members of your family – will be better off if you don’t give in!