Puppy First Day Home Tips – Professional Dog Training Tips


– Do you think can handle
this much cuteness? Well, today we’re gonna talk about your first day home with your new puppy. And I’ve got this adorable
little eight-week-old puppy named Levi. We’re gonna talk to instructor Kim, who is one of our head instructors of our Head Start for Puppies program, and she’s just brought Levi home just a couple of days ago, and we’re gonna talk to her about her first couple days home with this adorable four-legged family member. I’m Ken Steepe, and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (strumming guitar and dog barking) So Levi isn’t actually my puppy. Levi belongs to Instructor Kim. He is an eight-week-old Border Collie, and she just brought
him home the other day. Now, Instructor Kim is one of our head instructors for our Head
Start for Puppies program, so she knows a thing or two about puppy behavior and puppy training. So I thought this would
be a great opportunity to help you guys in our YouTube audience to learn a little bit
about what a professional dog trainer would do when
preparing to bring a puppy home. Now Kim, you have another
Border Collie at home, Charlie, and it’s been a while
since you had a puppy, so what did you have to get to prepare for bringing little Levi home? – Yeah, it’s actually been
about nine years, Ken, since I’ve had a puppy. So I didn’t have a lot of
my regular stuff at home. For example, I had to
purchase a small collar that would fit the puppy. I was lucky enough, I
found two 21-inch crates that I can use on their Vari
kennels, the plastic crates. – Yeah, that’s perfect. – On YouTube, not YouTube, sorry. – That’s all right. – On Gigi.
– Yeah. – So I found those at a great price, and I already had them,
so I had one for my house, and then one for the car. And they both have blankets inside. I bought some chewy bones, ones that are appropriate for a puppy of this age, so the softer, less opaque
ones that Nylabone makes. That was just a brand name, but– – [Ken] Yeah, they’re great
bones, and puppies love them. – Yeah, they’re really good, and they have a flavoring to them, so they’re kind of enticing. I also bought a bag of our, the food that I want to
transition him over to. So when I picked him
up, the breeder provided a small bag of what she
had been feeding him. And just because I have great success with the product that I’m
using on my older dog, I want to stick with that name brand, and use the puppy version. So I bought a small bag of that, so I can transition slowly. You never want to just introduce new food to a puppy right away, because that will upset
their sensitive stomachs. – Yeah, yeah. Bringing a new puppy home can be stressful for both the puppy and
for the puppy owner. So talk a little bit
about how you prepared for that, for the first
night, for example, that little Levi came home. – So the night before,
I made sure I got done some of my housework that I wanted to do, my laundry, just sort
of organized everything so everything was set up and ready to go, and I went to bed early. – Okay, that’s really important,
and don’t overlook that, having all of those chores and things done ahead of bringing the puppy home, because I’m sure when the puppy comes home for those first days, you’re really busy. – Yep, there’s a lot to think about. I mean, puppies require
constant supervision, so whenever the puppy
is not in his create, I’m always there within eyes distance away from him, literally. – Sure. – So that I can make sure that he doesn’t get into anything he shouldn’t. I keep him safe. – Now, it’s likely that your puppy’s going to have an accident in the house, whether you’re supervising them or not. Sometimes they just, they’ve gotta go. Their bladders are small, they
haven’t learned to hold it since they’ve come home from the litter, so tell us a little bit, you mentioned that he had an accident before you came to the hall here. So tell us a little bit about how you manage that situation and what to do if your puppy does have
an accident in the house. – Yeah, it was funny, because I knew that I should have been supervising him, and I made the mistake of supervising him by knowing where he was,
not actually seeing him. – [Ken] Sure. – And that’s the opportune time when accidents do happen, of course. – It can happen to anyone. – Absolutely, and it’s generally when you have to be somewhere, which
is the case for tonight. – (laughs) Yeah, exactly. – So, for the most part, I’m, as I mentioned early,
I’m always supervising, I’m always watching
him, but I also keep him on a very tight schedule. So as soon as he comes out of his crate, we get our leash on, we go outside. I live in a condo, so I’m lucky that I’m on the first floor, and I’m close to an exit door, but I still make sure that I take him outside right away as soon as he comes out of his crate, and I try and give him a chance to do everything that he needs
to do while he’s out there. So if he gets a little bit distracted, we’ll try and take him to
a new place and go again. If he doesn’t go, if there’s
nothing that he’s done, then I would put him
right back into his crate and try him again in
maybe five or so minutes, and take him back out again. Sometimes the world can be
a little bit distracting for these little guys who
haven’t seen a whole lot from where they were. – For sure. Now, being a professional dog trainer, some of our viewers might think that the training starts as soon
as the puppy gets home. But we know that’s not really the case. So tell us what you do for the first day, and the first couple of
days that Levi comes home. – Yeah, it’s extremely
stressful for a puppy. If you can imagine they have just spent the last eight or so weeks
with their litter mates, and in their home environment. That’s the first place
that they’ve ever known, and they get taken away
from their litter mates and brought to a strange environment where there could be a wide variety of things that are kind
of frightening for them. Potentially other dogs
or other animals, cats, I have cats at home. Just even the sounds of a
house could be different than what they were used to in their kennel environment, perhaps,
so I really take the time to, allow him just to adjust
to his surroundings, to investigate and check
things out, but in a safe way. So he’s, again, always supervised, and I prevent, I put things away, making sure that he can’t
really get into too much trouble while he’s investigating,
and just taking his time, and also I’m being very respectful for the animals that I have at home, my cats and my other
dog, and I’m giving them the space that they need. So keeping them a little bit separated, doing shift, so to speak. – Sure. – I’ll have him in his
crate for a little bit, and the rest of the animals can have their run around the house, and then
I might put those guys away and just let him out, and take turns, alternating a little bit here and there. I’m trying not to overwhelm him too much, you know, really keeping an eye on what he’s able to actually manage, and then give him that quiet time, too. One of the things I noticed that, especially a Border Collie, but a lot of puppies are like this, they don’t have a self-moderator. So they will continue to
play themselves too hard. – [Ken] Right. – And they really do need that sleep time. We don’t need to be doing
a whole lot with them all the time for those first few weeks. So I might have him out and I might play with some toys, let him
investigate a little bit, and then maybe after an hour or so, I put him back in his
crate for a couple hours, and bring him back out,
you know, to keep work– – Totally, yeah. It’s a great way to
install like an off switch. – [Kim] Yes. – So that he knows when
he goes into his crate or his kennel that it’s
time that he can relax, and you know, recuperate and recover. I think that’s really important, and that’s something, the
mistake, one mistake that I made with my Lab puppy, before
I was a dog trainer, before I really understood, is I gave her complete freedom. And she was harassing our older Lab, and it was just a really,
it was an unfair scenario for the other animals in the house. So I think that’s a
really important point. When Instructor Kim talks about her puppy being out of his kennel
and supervising him, she doesn’t just trust
it’ll make good choices. We know that puppies
will explore the world with their mouths, and get
into all sorts of things. So even in the first day, or the first couple days home, Instructor Kim got a house line for Levi. And if you haven’t seen the video where I talk about the house
line, I’ll link it above. But tell us a little bit about how you’ve used the house line with Levi. – Yeah, it’s a great tool. It allows him the freedom,
but also my control, so that he can’t get
into too much trouble. If he were to, let’s say, take off with my shoe and
run underneath the bed, I say this because this has
actually almost happened, with the house line I was actually able to step on it, stop him from getting too far, and just redirect that. So any of that unwanted behavior, I can just stop it right away. And it’s also great, too,
because I don’t want him, being a herding breed specifically, but I really don’t want
him getting in the habit of chasing my cats. I want them to live very
cohesively in the house, and respectful of each other. And so if they decide
that they’ve had enough and they don’t want him in his space, the white line is a really great tool, because I can actually stop him from getting to a point where he’s really upset my cats. – Sure. I want to thank Instructor Kim for helping us out today,
and I certainly want to thank little Levi. If this is your first time
on the channel, make sure you hit that Subscribe button. We publish new videos every single week to help you to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. You see that video beside me? That video is all about using a house line and what a powerful
training tool it can be. So if you enjoyed this
puppy training video, you’re definitely going
to want to watch that. On that note, I’m Ken, this is Instructor Kim, and this is Levi. Happy training. (jazzy piano music)

73 thoughts on “Puppy First Day Home Tips – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • We hope you enjoyed these tips for your first day home with your puppy.
    If you want to see more important puppy training videos, check out this
    playlist that I put together specifically for New Puppy Owners! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BBgLulherklUN1UWqspSK9Qwwq-v5Ij
    Happy Training! ~Ken

  • I just got a Auatrian Shepherd puppy 2 days ago. He's adapting very well, but this video gave me a clear picture I'm not the only one pulling my hair out.

    Very helpful video, thanks.

  • Thank you for this video, i'm finding it really useful because i'm soon getting a chihuahua puppy and i wanna do everything the best way possible. One question, i'll get my puppy when he'll be 12 weeks old, is that too late for socialization or am i still in time? Also any suggestion for socialization is appreciated. You deserve way more subscribers and now you've got a new one.

  • I'm adopting two, yes TWO, shelter sisters in 2 weeks. This video helps. Everyone thinks I'm crazy for getting two at the same time. I say, "mind your own business "
    😤

  • For me I really love it when I get the puppy and go to the pet store and fitting on a collar, kind of a right of passage or saying welcome home

  • I am getting a golden retriever puppy in 2 weeks time. But I am kind of against the idea of having a crate, how about a playing pen style gate system, where he has access to water and his favorite toys, instead of a cage like structure ? Will it have the same effect ? I can line up the pen floor with pee pads until the puppy is old enough to be taken outside (After the second vaccination booster)

  • We bring our puppy home tomorrow. I habe been watching every video I could get my hands on since we pucked him out two weeks ago.we cant wait!

  • Do you have any ways to bond with your puppy to make you become there favourite person cuz my sis and my dad went and he started crying and I called him but he went under the table and once I called him but then he went to my sis he even heard me any tips your the best

  • Might I suggest a little more actual interaction with the pet? This is more like a discussion you might have over coffee.

  • What a great channel! I'm so glad Yeti and I found it. Yeti is my 3 year old Samoyed. Little Levi is really cute. Great suggestions you have. Yeti was such a great puppy. It helped that I've owned dogs before. You really have to baby proof your house. Accidents….any suggestions for northern breed, exceptionally smart dogs? Yeti took 6 months to potty train him. He was quick and immediate after playing, eating and drinking. Glad I found your channel!

  • Hi Guys   Very good tips on puppy training, they can get into a lot of trouble if not monitored,  The main thing that I really would like is;  you stop that annoying background music.  It would be better not to have it,  we as people tend to want to listen without distractions the same as training pups in the very beginning.  If you like bring in the music softly at the very end when you talk about subscribing etc.  Hope this has helped you produce better YouTube videos.  We want to know what you have to say.  Thanks very much..

  • Hi Kayl/Ken:: Thank you very much for your quick response to my new puppy email. I'm very thankful for that, as not many messages get such great action. Many KOODOS to you both, I'll be checking out all of your links that was added with your reply. I'm looking forward to watching and applying what I learn from them. This dog is going to be 51/2 months by the time I get her home, as you can see this training will be very important to her and me. This is a late start for her and I really hope that it goes well. I'll let you know how it goes after Sunday March 31/19. Till then keep up the great videos. Thank you Elizabeth Gardner

  • I am getting a toy poodle in two weeks waiting until he’s cleared of any diseases . When I bring him home I should start to potty train him correct ? The thing is we live in the third floor in a apartment and it can get very hot during the summers months but we do have a patio where he could go if we cannot take him outside , would that be wise ? Or keep taking him outside ?

  • I really want one( puppy) I have an 11-year-old dog! (older than me XD) shes salty… and my dads attached to her and she's gonna pass away this year since she's blind in both eyes ( they are ruby blue and blurry 🙁 noooo cries) and I want to make my family happy and I want to prove to my mamma and pappa that I'm responsible enough, that's why I'm writing a essay( yes on the weekend 🙁 lol halp) and I'm begging my dad to wake up to bring me to our local animal shelter!

    – your subscriber a young 10 year old that wants a pupper!

  • Great, simply put advice! We are currently introducing a great Dane puppy to our bully pup, she is 10 mo. Pup is 9 weeks…I thought let them be together and our bully is a bit rough. I thought keep seprayed for few weeks in and out so this had made it rock solid for me…wasn't sure if it was a good technique..now I do! Thanks

  • I have an 8 week old mini Aussie and we are on our second night of not wanting to sleep at night. We live in an apartment and he whines and barks. What do I do?

  • Nice video not only to double check everything I had in order, but to push my parents over the fence to get a puppy! Thanks!

  • So funny bc we just adopted a puppy a few days ago and wish I would have watched this video bc we didnt know to GET SOME SLEEP NIGHT B4 lol…4am we had a puppy pouncing on our heads too cute

  • I’m getting a 6-week old puppy on Saturday and I think my mom wants me to shut up…
    EDIT: I got a 2-month old puppy and he is now 3-months! He turns 4m on 6/28. We're now trying to get him used to a harness. His timetable is just wow here it is:
    6:00am-7:30am-wake up
    8:00am-goes to my room and scratches on the door until someone answers
    9:30-11am- Nap
    12pm- wake up and play
    3pm-nap
    5pm-play
    6pm-9:45– ACTIVE
    10pm- knocked out sleeping
    and the cycle repeats…

  • I’m getting a 12 week old Sharpei/mastiff puppy soon and I own 2 cats, 2 dogs (a Maltese terrier and foxy x kelpie, both rather small but not toy small), a rabbit and a chicken pen up the back of the backyard. Is there any advice you could give me??

  • The thing is we just moved in to our house, with a spacious backyard, I’m thinking of outside potty training for my new puppy..
    QUESTIONS:
    -how will the outside potty training work when no family member js at home? (planning to use the garage for the pup with it’s fence, bed and everything)
    -at what age is a puppy safe for a walk or a playtime in a grassy backyard?(probs getting a 2 or 3 months pup)
    -will we have to risk getting our brand NEW furniture destoryed?

  • I’m getting a puppy in 10 days, he’s also called Levi but he’s an Australian Labradoodle! 🐶😍♥️

  • I took her litter mate with me too. Lol. 1 helpful tip I found with my pups that worked,WD-40 every door so they don’t make Any type of squeak noise or even think about it! My Yorkie pup’s wake up & start crying if they hear it. Lol

  • I got a puppy on Wednesday and it is now Saturday and I hate to say it but I think I’m ready to give her back up . It’s to much I can’t go anywhere anymore for sleepovers , I can’t have fun anymore until she’s trained basically. She really stresses me out but she’s already attached and I think I am to . I really need help

  • I just adopted a portugese shelter dog who is still very scared. She scratched the door at night very badly and now we want to bench train her. How do I start this? She doesnt take treats yet or likes toys. But I cant let her out of the crate at night or she destroys my home. What should I do?

  • His crate? That is a travel crate… Not a crate for most of the time, that's just kind of sad. They need a nice, large, comfy area to feel safe.

  • TO.ALL DOG OWNERS IN EVERY PART IN THE WORLD SPECIALLY PHILIPPINES WHERE I FROM

    I NOTICED THAT SOME FAMILY ONLY RAISED DOG AS FOOD

    SOME FAMILY DONT TREAT DOG AS FAMILY AND KEEP OUTSIDE WITHOUT DOG HOUSE ,RISKKING DOGS LIFE(Theres Also Solitary Coyote In Philippines Also Known in Bicol "SING GALONG")

    SOME FAMILY IF THEY DONT LIKE THE TRAITS OF DOG AFTER A FEW MONTHS
    THEY NEGLECT IT

    I GOT MY AKBASH 30 YEARS AGO
    HES A CUTE BUT SO SICK PUPPY SUFFERING FROM SKIN DESEASE

    I CURE HIM AND IT TAKES ABOUT 2 YEARS TO HEAL HIM MENTALY AND PHYSICALLY

  • Help! Im getting a puppy and I Do not know If i should potty Train it outside or inside or do both.
    I have school for 6 hours and dont know what to do.

  • How should you introduce your puppy to your cats? Cause my cats can be savages.. would i have to keep the dog in a different room for a bit?
    Cause my cats will never go to a different part of the house unless they are scared (new people or storms)

  • My 12 week old cocker spaniel goes barking crazy whenever we try to eat at meal times it's seems to be food starts to get her in a frenzy and is becoming very annoying what can I do 😭😭😭😭😭

  • I'm getting my beagle puppy in a couple of days and this video was helpful so now I know what I need for my pup 🙂

  • I'm getting a beagle (the one on my profile pic) on Saturday so im SUPER EXCITED but I don't know what to do on the first day

  • I have a 9 week old vizsla puppy named Billy. I only have her for one week and she can already sit and talk! I’m now busy with crate training cause that is pretty important! She is doing really well in the night and most of the time she does her potty outside! But sometimes there are some normal pup accidents🙈 I go on a jog daily with Billy and I do walks in the weekends. I saw your video the day before I got Billy and it helped a LOT! Thank you for your good advise and your tips! Hope to see more of this!💓

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