I am knew to the forum and I was hoping to get some advice if possible.
We are getting a new puppy next Saturday and I am just trying to purchase everything I need in preperation and to try and organise a routine for when the pup arrives. He will be 8 weeks old when we get him.
I have got a few things already organised such as lead, collar, dog tag, bedding, toys etc and I have also purchased a crate which pup will sleep in at night in the kitchen.
My main queiry is trying to get a routine sorted for the day, I work from an upstairs office at home so am around all day and will have pup with me upstairs most of the day. He he will have a bed in my office, his crate in the kitchen and also a bed in the front room.
I was planning on having pup with me all morning upstairs and then in the afterrnoon either letting him play outside for a bit on his own or if the weather isn't so good leaving him in the kitchen for a while to play and slowly but surely over a few weeks/months increasing the time he is left on his own in the afternoon so he becomes used to his own company. Does that sound the right thing to do?
We also live in a very open plan house so it will be difficult to limit which part of the kitchen, dining room, back room etc he can play in when left indoors. I was thinking of purchasing a puppy play pen for the early days as we have a leather sofa and tv etc in this area of the house..(lots to chew!)..again do you think a play pen is a wise idea?
I am really open to any suggestions regarding the best way to get pup used to a routine and getting used to his own company etc.
As you may have guessed this is our first dog so I am really keen to get things right from the start
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.