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Share your first days home stories!

Hi! Would love to hear your stories of bringing your pups home and the first few days. How were your nights? How long did it take for your pups to acclimate? Just about a week left before we get our Louis! We have everything ready for him. Just missing the pup lol. We have a 3.4-4 hour drive to get him from where we are so we are definitely planning on stopping 1-2 times on the way back home with him. But would love to hear about your journey home with your pups and those first few days/nights!
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We really had a very easy time with all three of ours. They all slept through the night right away. We were concerned that Kodi (our first) might not, and my husband had not yet adjusted to the idea of dogs in the bedroom. So Kodi's crate for the first 2 years was downstairs. My son and I took turns sleeping on the couch beside him at night for the first week, but he never made a peep.

By the time the girls came around, Kodi was sleeping in or room, and Dave wouldn't have DREAMED of having the girls sleep anywhere else. They both settled right in with no problems!

We flew two of our home from NC to MA, with long car trips on both ends, and they both did great. The third one was from RI, only about an hour and a half from home, so she was a piece of cake in comparison!
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This is fun! I picked up Jojo and drove back 2 1/2 hours by myself. She just rode in my lap and slept the whole way. I had done much research and knew what I needed but as I wasn’t expecting a dog that DAY; I had nothing prepared for her. My husband and son went out and bought some essentials like a crate before I got home. We decided what to name her when I got home. We played a bit and started to teach her about her crate but probably rushed her a bit. We started with her in her crate in our room on floor. She wasn’t feeling that at all!!! My husband had an early zoom call the next day so I took her to the family room. I put her on the ottoman and I slept on the couch. At first she cried a bit. I put my hand up to the crate wires and she settled. She slept until 4:00 when we both needed to potty. She pottied outside and we both went right back to sleep until 7:00. The next few nights I put a chair by the bed with her crate on it. She slept until 4:00 and gave out a little bark to go out pottied and went back to sleep. Quite quickly she stopped waking at 4:00 and now I even get up and shower etc and she still doesn’t get up until 7:00. I’ve also moved the chair out again and her crate is on the floor. Much easier than getting up every two hours to nurse a baby for sure!
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We really had a very easy time with all three of ours. They all slept through the night right away. We were concerned that Kodi (our first) might not, and my husband had not yet adjusted to the idea of dogs in the bedroom. So Kodi's crate for the first 2 years was downstairs. My son and I took turns sleeping on the couch beside him at night for the first week, but he never made a peep.

By the time the girls came around, Kodi was sleeping in or room, and Dave wouldn't have DREAMED of having the girls sleep anywhere else. They both settled right in with no problems!

We flew two of our home from NC to MA, with long car trips on both ends, and they both did great. The third one was from RI, only about an hour and a half from home, so she was a piece of cake in comparison!
So sweet that you and your son took turns sleeping on the couch next to Kodi!! And love that your husband came around on the pups sleeping in your room <3. Great to hear you had an easy time with all three!!! Thank you for sharing!!
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This is fun! I picked up Jojo and drove back 2 1/2 hours by myself. She just rode in my lap and slept the whole way. I had done much research and knew what I needed but as I wasnít expecting a dog that DAY; I had nothing prepared for her. My husband and son went out and bought some essentials like a crate before I got home. We decided what to name her when I got home. We played a bit and started to teach her about her crate but probably rushed her a bit. We started with her in her crate in our room on floor. She wasnít feeling that at all!!! My husband had an early zoom call the next day so I took her to the family room. I put her on the ottoman and I slept on the couch. At first she cried a bit. I put my hand up to the crate wires and she settled. She slept until 4:00 when we both needed to potty. She pottied outside and we both went right back to sleep until 7:00. The next few nights I put a chair by the bed with her crate on it. She slept until 4:00 and gave out a little bark to go out pottied and went back to sleep. Quite quickly she stopped waking at 4:00 and now I even get up and shower etc and she still doesnít get up until 7:00. Iíve also moved the chair out again and her crate is on the floor. Much easier than getting up every two hours to nurse a baby for sure!
Aha! I keep thinking back to when my kids were newborns and am bracing myself to wake up every three hours. I keep telling myself... at least there's no nursing involved

Thank you for sharing! Love hearing these stories and hoping they bring back happy memories for you all as well .
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We had a 2 1/2 hour car ride when we brought Desi home. My husband drove and I sat in the backseat with Desi. He slept most of the way. The first two nights I slept on the sofa In the den where we have his crate and he woke up around 1:00 in the morning. After that he slept from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. He occasionally makes it to 7:00 am. He has been wonderful and so happy to have him.
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Lousmom there are things with a puppy that remind me of those precious years! But, it’s not nearly as hard!!! Not physically or emotionally! Thank goodness! At 52 I’m not nearly as up for it as I was 21 years ago! It is a lot of work and just like with a baby a schedule is a saving grace! You are going to love it!!! Pics of Lou when you have him please!
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We were able to visit Shama twice before driving her home one hour and 15 minutes. On our way home, we stopped at a rest area and were so pleased to be able to take her to potty over in the dog area. Later we realized we shouldn't have taken our sweet nine and a half week old there since she hadn't yet finished getting her shots. She didn't get sick however! As I recall, she slept in her crate and on my lap in the back seat while DH drove. No accidents.

DH and I camped in the living room while Shama slept in the dining room, first in her crate, then in her crate within her 2x6-foot ex pen. Gradually we snuck away partway through the night and eventually returned to sleeping in our bedroom. Shama never cried as she's slept in the same place every night since we brought her home. I think I only had to get up in the night to take her out a few times. It didn't take her long to sleep through the night.

Now she has a routine of sleeping in a bed in our bedroom while DH is reading in bed. After I brush my teeth, I take her out for one last time. She comes in and rubs her head back and forth on the outside bars of her ex pen, then she seems to contemplate going to bed, I walk to the other side of the counter and pretend to do something (because she won't go to bed if I'm watching), she puts herself to bed in the corner of her pen (on top of the edge of her bed, never in the middle of the bed even though that's where we find her in the morning), I close her pen, and I make sure her water bowl is full. Then we all go to sleep.

In the morning, she is rarely in a hurry to get up. Occasionally, she is in her crate within her pen when we get up. Our theory is that she goes in her crate if she has to go to to the bathroom. We think she can "hold it" better there since she would never dream of peeing in there. That doesn't happen too often.

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Lousmom you are hilarious, definitely no breastfeeding! We brought our youngest home in March 2019. We flew to get Jodie and had one stop on the way the way back. As we got off the plane my husband told me to carry her first. She was so precious with her head poking out of the baby sling. I felt like an elated ten year old, smiling at the squeals of her cuteness. Then came the potty break in the dog area. I was a little paranoid so I cleaned the floor with hand sanitizer and then rub a little on her paws before washing them in the bathroom sink. That was hard to do without Ed. We only had a 20 minute drive home from the airport so that was the easy part.
We already had 2 other Havanese who have always slept in our room. The 15 year old sleeps on the floor on a cat bed. The 11 year old was an abused rescue (HRI) and slept on his foster parentís bed so we did the same. Weíve just gotten to the colder nights which means finding him between the sheets in the middle of the night. For Jodie I had a padded stool, 24Ēx18Ē, next to my side of the bed with Jodieís crate on top. She couldnít get out so I left the lid open and whenever she whimpered I would put my hand in, pet her and talk softly and slowly. After a few nights she acclimated and only made noise to use the bathroom. After a couple weeks I put Jodieís crate on the floor and within a few more weeks she refused to use it and insisted on sleeping under the bed directly beneath my head. We have an adjustable Tempurpedic bed so the frame is rock solid. Ed engineered extra reinforcement and blocked off everything except her section so that we could still reach her if there was an emergency. We, meaning Ed, did all the grunt work. We test it regularly to make sure itís still solid. Jodie is frequently on the bed when I use the bathroom at night and always when we wake, usually 2 inches from our noses. We go to bed around midnight so she has learned that she can wake us up at 7:30 but 5:30 am isnít happening. We have several routines during the day and evening and when itís bedtime we all go upstairs, the dogs get their carrots, go to their respective sleeping spots and life is good.
Thank you for your post, itís fun to read other stories.
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The drive was a full day for us but much easier than I thought. We tried not to feed him, which was suggested because of carsickness on such a long drive, and we almost made it. We ended up having to stop about an hour and a half from home. We planned stops ahead of time to avoid rest stops and high traffic areas, but we hadn’t planned to stop so close to home and our only choice was a rest stop or wait another 45 minutes to find a park, and it was late at night. We stayed away from the path and restrooms at the rest stop but I’m sure that makes no difference since other people would try to do the same thing He ate ravenously and slept the rest of the way.

The next morning my husband went on a business trip and my kids went to school. He was my first puppy and I had no idea what to do, but he was very tired from the trip so he slept for most of the day. The main thing I remember from the first week is that he was so tiny, I couldn’t tell when he peed in the grass! His “pee pose” is very similar to his “looking around” pose so when I was still figuring him out it was impossible to tell. Next puppy I’ll have the indoor potty tray ready to go immediately and completely avoid this

Since DH was out of town, I kept the crate on the bed with the door open the first night I was on my own. The next day I familiarized him with the ex pen and that night I closed the door after he fell asleep. He did wake up and cry to go potty around 2am. Mine had to go potty in the night for a couple of weeks and extra early in the morning for a while. But I can’t complain because as an adult he can hold it for a really, really long time when we sleep in on the weekends. We crate trained in the beginning and it went well but for a few reasons we ended up using an expen long term.
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