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As you all know, my family recently adopted a pair of dogs. Which, despite the fact that they aren’t babies, has changed my family’s routine a bit.
As a result, I thought that I would compile a list of tips that we have found useful in getting our dogs settled.
So, here are my 10 Essential Tips To Help You Welcome Your New Dog Home.
10 Essential Tips to Help You Welcome Your New Dog
1. Discuss responsibilities with your family: Owning a dog is hard work. So before you even look at dogs, you should make sure that your family understands and accepts the responsibility.
2. “Dog Proof” your house: – Like babies, dogs have a tendency to put things in their mouths that they shouldn’t. Therefore, all hazards should be out of your dogs reach before he/she comes home.
3. Allow your dog to explore its new home by itself: A new home is a scary prospect for a dog. So, allow your pooch some space to explore your home at its own pace.
4. Give your dog a “safe space”: Following up on my last point, make sure your dog has a safe space that they can retreat to if they become overwhelmed; This may be more necessary with rescue dogs. Personally, with all of our dogs, my family has set up a comfy crate with its door open for our dogs to go to.
5. Don’t overwhelm the dog with too many visitors too soon: I know, you are probably itching to show everyone your new dog, right? It is only natural. Nevertheless, you should allow your dog the time to adjust to its new family before you bring in the crowds.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
― Roger A. Caras
6. Be prepared to be on lockdown for a few weeks: When you welcome a new dog, you WILL be locked down to your home for several weeks. You want to make sure that your dog is completely comfortable with its surroundings before you try leaving it at home on its own for the first time. Even then, you want to start gradually with short outings before you start going for longer outings. You don’t want to come home to find your furniture chewed or your furry friend has had an accident on your floor.
7. Provide your fur friend with a variety of chew toys: Providing your dog with toys will help your beloved pet feel welcomed, while also keeping their teeth busy. Believe me, a proper chew toy will help save your furniture from falling victim to teeth marks.
8. Establish a routine early on: Dogs thrive on routine. So, help your dog start off on the right path by establishing a routine right away; For example, “wake up at 5 am,” “breakfast at 5:30 am,””walk at 6 am,” etc. It may take your dog a while, but eventually, they will grow accustomed to that particular routine.
9. Crating is OK for short periods time: It is perfectly ok to crate your dog for an hour at a time so that you can have a break. A rested human is more capable of being patient with the demands of a new dog.
10. LOVE your new companion: Finally, the most important tip is to love your new friend endlessly. Dogs have an amazing ability to bring a lifetime of joy and happiness to their humans.