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Is there a way to prevent a puppy from crying all night on its first day away from its mother?
I'm bringing a puppy home next week and in my past experience, new puppies cry all night on their first few days away? Is it possible to prevent that? Any tips on what I can do to make the transition as smooth and non-traumatic as possible?
1) Buy a ticking clock. (it thinks that it is it's Momma's heartbeat) Put it in the kennel or box with the puppy.
2) Get a hot water bottle. Fill it with WARM water (not hot), and wrap the bottle with a towel, and lay it in the kennel/box with the puppy. Make sure there is no nipples, because the pup will try and feed off of it. This will give the "security" of it's Mother, and it will lay near it, thinking that the wrapped bottle is it's Mother's belly.
Sometimes a radio with soft music helps as well...
Shadow of Elisha gave some excellent answers, so I'd just like to add another possibility that I've seen used with a lot of success. Our local shelter uses Snuggle Pets, which are soft plush toys that have a "heartbeat" and give off heat, that they give to the puppies when they come to the shelter, then send to their new homes when they're adopted. This gives the puppy something calming and familiar throughout an otherwise fairly traumatic process and seems to help a lot. Something similar should be available from larger pet supply retailers and possibly at smaller pet stores.
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