Hey all, so I will be picking up the puppy on March 12th (she will be just over 8 weeks), and wondered about these heartbeat toys; Chewy has them and they seem to get reasonable ratings.
The breeder is going to send me home with a blanket with the litter smell on it (at my request), and I plan to put an old shirt of mine in with the crate bedding (and in the crate on the 3 hour drive back), and have some Adaptil spray which I plan to use - couldn’t hurt, might help. Obviously the transition is a HUGE stressor, and though they all get through it, I’m looking for ways to make it a little easier.
(My last dog was a puppy 11 years ago but like childbirth, we tend to “block that experience out” after awhile! )
My concerns about this toy are that the puppy will CHEW it during the night - a legitimate concern, and something that did happen with some puppies based on the reviews. I’m wondering whether having this toy right outside the crate would still be helpful…?
Any other suggestions for reducing initial stress and anxiety? There is a CD I recommend to students called “Through a Dog’s Ear”, but we can’t really play this during the night while the human is trying to get some sleep (although it might help lull puppy to sleep.)
I’m looking at my “perfect, low maintenance adult Whippet” sleeping in her cave bed and wondering what the HELL I’m thinking, a PUPPY?!?! I must have rocks in my head. (That said, we are all very excited and have been “prepping” for weeks, so it’s not like we aren’t ready - but the reality of a puppy is just SO much work )