On our way from picking up Napoleon from the breeder I was excited, but also a little nervous. Being a first time dog owner, I felt like despite how much I read, that I really had no clue what to expect.
As we pulled up to the breeder’s home it felt surreal, I could not believe the day we got to take Napoleon home had finally come. The breeder, Natasha, kept the puppies in a bedroom upstairs, the puppies had lots of room to run around and shared a large den. We peered into the den and there was little Napoleon! With his cute brindle coat, white belly, and big bat ears. We watched Napoleon play with his sisters for a little while before heading back to Toronto to introduce Napoleon to his new home.
Steven and his friend Marc sat in the front of the car while I sat in the back with Napoleon. We kept him in a crate with a soft towel for the duration of the ride. He was quiet the entire trip home, no whining or barking. I was watching him in the crate, but it was late and dark out which made it hard to see him in there. A few minutes away from our condo I thought I smelt vomit, sure enough, Napoleon got a little car sick en route. We did give him his first freeze dried liver treat to try and lure him into the crate, so we’re not sure if he was just nervous/car sick or if it was due to the liver treat.
When we brought him upstairs we were all pretty tired from the drive. We got the crate cleaned up, and put Napoleon into his puppy play pen (pics to follow), which contains his crate, puppy pad, water bowl and chew toys. Moments later, without any direction from Steven or I, Napoleon does his business on the puppy pad. Natasha mentioned he had an inclination to do his business on puppy pads/similar surfaces, but we were quite surprised to see him do this on his own. To reward Napoleon for such impressive behavior (and knowing his bladder was empty), we let him explore around the condo and cuddle with us on the couch. He was very quiet and a little too nervous to explore very much of our place. We could tell he was well socialized as nothing seemed to phase him and he loves cuddling.
We eventually tucked Napoleon into his crate and said goodnight. A few hours later he was whining and barking, which woke us up and prompted us to let him out to his puppy pad. Unfortunately, it was a little too late as there were a few accidents in the crate. After cleaning everything up, we went back to bed. Napoleon cried and barked a little bit, but was shortly back asleep. We had a quiet sleep from roughly 1:45AM-6:30AM, and were pleasantly surprised when there were no accidents when we woke up in the morning.
His first day, today, went quite well. I don’t think we could expect more from him. He’s been doing his business 80% of the time on the puppy pad, is starting to understand the “sit” command and sort-of responding to his name or “come”, had some difficulty understanding how to get his food out of the Kong (but eventually figured it out), and some difficulty during crate confinement during the day (barking), but we’ve had some solid couch cuddles and I think we’ve made great progress.
I’m very excited to welcome Napoleon to our family, and am really enjoying the experience so far. I know we have a long road ahead, and I look forward to blogging about our journey.
Check out our photos from Napoleon’s first day!