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Get the puppy into the habit of occupying a suitable spot for the night, which may be partly of your selection, partly his own selection. Provide a small mattress, or a thick old counterpane for bedding. Dogs like to climb onto something to sleep, like an old suitcase.

It is also a good idea to give him a box or fiber-plastic kennel (with the door left open), where he can have a place of his own to retire. This automatically gives your dog what is called box training, and is very useful when traveling, or transporting the dog by air. Being used to it, he will not be unduly stressed.

The first few nights he may probably cry and get restless because he was accustomed to snuggling up to his mother and litter mates, and is missing them. But don’t worry, he will get over it in a few days. Sometimes playing quiet music may help him go to sleep.

Make sure that the puppy gets plenty of sleep whenever he feels like it through the day, and is not woken up all the time by children who may want to play with him. He is also a baby and needs sleep. Also make sure that very young children are not left alone with him as they may unwittingly hurt him and the puppy may retaliate by snapping and hurting the child.

Do not allow the puppy to climb into your bed or onto chairs and sofas. You may regret this habit later. A pup should never be left on a chair or bed unattended as he is likely to jump down and injure himself. Nor should you unnecessarily pick up the puppy, or allow children to do so, as all puppies wriggle and can easily slip out of your hands and fall and get hurt. Frequent picking up and carrying about also reduces a dog’s self-confidence. If you feel like playing with your dog (which is one of the greatest pleasures of having a dog), you or your child can always go down on the floor; you do not have to lift up the dog for that.

Dogs love being with you always. At home, it should normally be unnecessary to confine your dog, but should such an occasion arise, locking up in a kennel or room is much to be preferred to tying the dog. Occasional practice in staying alone for a short time helps to keep the dog calm when real need arises.

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