I'm getting a puppy! Would love some advice about the first few days/weeks, especially in terms of bringing him to my office.
I'm adopting this adorable guy
. He was dropped off with his sister at the defacto rescue in a Mexican village, where they were found by a friend and whisked back to the US.
They've been at the friend's house, where they've had lots of opportunity to socialize with people and other dogs, for the last month. They're remarkably healthy and well-adjusted given their tumultuous infancies. I'm taking him home next Friday - we think he's about 8-9 weeks old. They're already great at coming when called, sitting on command (with treats) and walking on a leash. Less great at pooping only outside.
I've been reading up on the proper care and feeding of puppies (and have lived with several adult dogs), but I've got some specific questions:
- Lots of people seem to recommend a "dog toilet," but I'd rather establish with him that he only poops/pees outside. Can I just bring him outside every two hours or so?
- I'll be bringing him with me to my dog-friendly office. My initial plan: keep him mostly in my office with the door closed, possibly in his crate most of the time at first. I was also thinking I'd bring him outside to the same spot every 2 hours to go to the bathroom and then take a short walk (I work next to a greenway). Does this sound reasonable? Also, what's the best way to handle introducing him to the other dogs in the office?
I would also love any general puppy-raising advice. Things to look out for the first few weeks, stuff you wish you'd known your first time with a puppy, etc. Already planning to enroll him in puppy kindergarten, and I have a pretty good puppy set-up at home (fenced-in yard, space for a puppy play area, puppy-proofing this weekend).