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Navigating Your Puppy's First Night: Essential Tips and Must-Have Supplies

Written by Steph McCulloch


Preparing for your puppy's first night is essential to ensure a smooth transition into their new home. By following these tips and stocking up on must-have puppy supplies, you can create a comfortable and safe environment for your new pet.
Puppy first night at home, yawning on bed


Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time for both puppy owners and their furry friends. However, it also comes with challenges, especially during the first night at home. Preparing for your puppy's first night is crucial to ensure their comfort and ease their adjustment to their new environment.

This blog post will provide essential tips and a night checklist of must-have supplies to make your puppy's first night a smooth and memorable experience.

Essential tips for your puppy's first night

puppy's first night in bed with toy

Creating a comfortable sleeping area

Choosing the right location

Select a puppy safe area for your puppy's sleeping space that is free from hazards and distractions. Ensure that the chosen spot is easily accessible to their potty spot to avoid any accidents.

Selecting the appropriate bedding

Invest in a comfortable puppy bed or indoor puppy crate with soft blankets and even pillows to help your new pet feel secure and relaxed. If you notice your puppy breathing fast while sleeping, this is normal as their respiratory rate is higher than that of adult dogs.

Establishing a bedtime routine

Feeding schedules

Stick to a regular feeding schedule and avoid feeding your puppy less than an hour before bed. A full stomach can lead to an upset tummy and disrupt their night sleep.

Bathroom breaks

Schedule regular toilet breaks before bedtime and during the night to avoid accidents. Make sure you praise your puppy when they use their designated toilet spot, reinforcing positive behaviour.

Calming activities

Engage in calming activities like gentle play or cuddling to help your tired puppy wind down before its time for bed.

Dealing with separation anxiety

a woman hugging her puppy

Having a new puppy means a lifetime filled with love and sloppy kisses, however, this attachment means everything to the pup. You and your family will be their whole world so from the first night onwards, it's important to be prepared for separation anxiety.

Crate training tips

Crate training can be an effective way to alleviate separation anxiety. Create a positive association with the crate by offering tasty treats and lots of praise when your puppy enters willingly.

Offering comfort items

Provide your puppy with soft toys or a warm blanket that smells like their littermates or mother to create a sense of familiarity and comfort.


Gradual separation

Introduce your puppy to short periods of time alone during the day to help them gradually adjust to being separated from you.

Nighttime safety precautions

Two puppies sleeping together

Puppy-proofing your home

Ensure your home is puppy safe by removing any hazards such as electrical cords, small objects, and toxic plants.

Monitoring your puppy during the night

Keep a close eye on your puppy, especially during the first few nights. Use a baby gate or puppy pen to restrict puppy access to certain areas of the house during nighttime.

Must-have supplies for your puppy's first night

Sleeping essentials

  • Dog bed or crate

  • Blankets and pillows  

Feeding supplies

  • Water bowl

  • Puppy food  

Comfort items

  • Chew toys

  • Stuffed animals or snuggle toys  

Safety equipment

  • Baby gates or playpen

  • Nightlight or soft light source

Additional tips for a smooth first night

Puppy's first night in a pen

Introducing your puppy to other pets

Follow these successful tips to gradually introduce your new puppy to adult dogs or other pets in the household. It is important to help make them feel more comfortable with their new surroundings as they navigate their new family dynamic and environment.

Engaging in positive reinforcement

Reward your puppy's good behaviour with lots of praise and treats, while avoiding punishment. This will help establish a strong bond and encourage obedience.

Managing your expectations:

Understanding your puppy's adjustment period

Be patient and understand that it may take a couple of days or even weeks for your puppy to fully adjust to their new environment and routine.

Being patient and consistent

Consistency is key when it comes to training and establishing routines. Be prepared for some sleepless nights and potential setbacks, but remember that with patience and persistence, your puppy will eventually settle in.


Puppy waking up after first night

Preparing for your puppy's first night is essential to ensure a smooth transition into their new home. By following these tips and stocking up on must-have puppy supplies, you can create a comfortable and safe environment for your new pet. Above all, enjoy this special bonding experience with your new furry family member and cherish the memories you create together.

Don't forget that new puppy parents should also consider 
getting pet insurance to protect their puppy and be prepared for any health-related concerns that may arise.

For more helpful tips and advice on puppy care, check out our other blog posts on topics such as antiseptic cream for dogspet dental care, ear mites in dogs, and how long you should walk your puppy.

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