How it all goes “pear shaped” in the first 24 hours!
The first few days are critical. Everyone wants to hold the puppy, feed the puppy, play with the puppy – emotions are high! Pre-established rules are very easily broken. It was agreed puppy will sleep in her crate but as soon as she is home she is just sooooo cute that everyone melts and insists that puppy sleep in the bed with you. No one notices that puppy is jumping up. Puppy wins and gets to sleep in the bed. The next morning we find puppy has eliminated all over the bed, so the next night puppy is banned to her crate and cries all night. Puppy does not know what she did wrong. No-one in the household gets any sleep either. It is easy to see how quickly all undesirable behaviours were reinforced and now all of a sudden puppy is not the nice, cute puppy that couldn’t be left behind at the pet shop.