I'm so happy to say that I get to bring my sweet 7 week old Libby home today. Coupled with excitement is a little nervousness. I have another dog Laina who we got at 7 months old as a rescue so I don't have much experience with infant pups. I am just wondering what I should be focusing on with her the first few days. Should I try to give her space to let her get acclimated and then work on crate training. When do I start obedience training? I dont want her to get overwhelmed because I know its a huge change for her. I gave the breeder a fleece blanket a couple weeks ago so that her mom's and sibling's scent could come home with her. Anything else I can do to help with the transition?
We started crate training right away with Cooper and found it most successful to put his crate in our bedroom. We tried in the living room the first night but he cried a lot so then we moved it to our room and he was totally fine. This way, you can also hear your pup if she has to go out to go potty.
Also, covering all but the front of the crate so it is like a den seemed to make Cooper feel more safe. We also got a hot water bottle and wrapped it in a blanket so he could feel like he was sleeping next to another warm puppy . Our neighbor gave us a teddy bear that made a heart beat sound (supposed to use with babies) so we used that for the first few weeks as well.
Just make the crate experience really positive! Give your pup lots of treats and praise for using it .
Crate training and potty training were the main things we worked on for the first few weeks (I think we might have taught him sit, too). Learning a new home, crate training, and potty training is quite a lot of work for a new pup so you don't need to do too much beyond that in the first few weeks!