- 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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
I want to thank Instructor Kim for
helping us out today, and I certainly want to
thank little Levi.
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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.
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