We are picking up our puppy at the end of April and were unsure as to how is the best way to bring him home from the breeder?
Just in its blanket weve kept at his breeders so it has a familiar smell on my knee or in a little crate?
Any suggestions or other ideas?
Obvioulsy we want it to be as stress free as possible for him.
A crate would be the safest. Plus, if your little one gets car sick, it will be easier to clean the crate then the car interior. You can put the towel you left at the breeders in the crate with him.
I had a small crate for Puff that I put her in for the 180 mile trip home.
She whined and protested so continually that I seriously considered taking her back and exchanging her for another.
But as a last resort, I swaddled her in a bath towel and kept her on my lap. That immediately quieted her and we made the trip home uneventfully.
At home, for 2 nights I put a camping mattress on the floor and slept there so she could cuddle close. THEN used the small crate at mattress level to my bed.
Worked for us.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Our breeder gave us a puppy blanket that his mum had lain on and we put that just outside his crate (just in case he was sick and we'd have lost the benefits of the blanket when we got home.) He whined a lot in the car - but he was only a little puppy and the first time away from his mum and brothers and sisters...
Naturally my granddaughter wanted to play with him, but we told her he needed a couple of days of very gentle treatment till he settled in and that when he was ready to play he would ask her to...then there were the usual things of a warm hot water bottle and a ticking clock (both of which he duly chewed... )
I would keep him on your lap. It makes the pain of being removed from his litter mates a little less agonizing.
Baloo was in a car harness and I sat in the back and cuddled with him. He screamed for the first five minutes or so and then fell asleep.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
Although I knew that a small crate would be the safest way to bring Miko home from the breeder, but when we got her she was so cute and cuddly that I just held her in my lap while my husband drove. It was about a 30-min drive.
Now days, however, Miko is inside a crate whenever she's in the car with us.
Miko (April 6, 2009), CGC
We brought a crate with us, but Dio made such a fuss that he rode on my lab in a towel while my fiance drove. He seemed to calm down faster and by the end was sleeping on my lap. Was not very safe but I didn't want to traumatize him too much!
Dio (Best Bud since July 18th, 2009)
Kaity (Sweetheart since April 29th, 2012)
I agree with the "lap" method. When I brought Miles home two weeks ago, my sister came along and he slept the entire 2-1/2 hours curled up on her lap in a blanket. I realize that's not the safest but was the least stressful on the pup. For all other outings, he has been in his crate. Good luck!
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Beck's Keepin' It Simple, JH (Simon) 4/25/07
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Lap method here, too. Obviouisly not the drivers lap, but a passenger in the back seat worked for us. I was the backseat passenger.
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