You bought or rescued a dog and you’re excited to bring him home. Don’t rush in doing so. You’ll need to prepare yourself, the people or pets you’re living with and your house. To make your new dog’s arrival and settling in a good experience, follow the reminders that we’ll discuss below to help you in this task.
Home sweet home.
Make sure you have prepared all the things that your dog might need like food, bowls, toys, collar and leash or even his own bed. Let your housemates know that a new member of the family is coming. Talk to them with regard to who will do what and when like feeding, playing or walking the dog. If you have other pets, it will be best for your new dog to have his own personal space or crate.
Try to bring him home on a weekend when you have more time at home to welcome and stay with him. If you have other pets, do make sure that you don’t neglect them to prevent them from feeling jealous.
You may get house training information from the shop you bought your dog from so make use of that as a guide to train your dog on how to properly behave in his new home. Be consistent when house training a new dog and try to be home earlier until you see that he has fully adjusted to his surroundings.
Health is wealth.
You should maintain your current pet’s health by giving them regular checkup and any vaccines as recommended by their vet. This will be their protection from your new dog. For your new dog, be sure to bring him to a vet within 1 week of his arrival. Although dog shelters try to meet a level of safety and cleanliness, there is no guarantee that illness will still not spread.
This may not look like a good way to comfort your new dog but to a dog, a crate is having their own personal space. As long as they stay there a few hours a day only, they will not feel that they are being sent to jail. If this is not an option, you may designate a space or area in the house where your new dog can stay. Consider a place that is dog proof.
Train for discipline.
At the very start, you have to train your dog for discipline and obedience. There are professional dog trainers who can help you in this task. In general, positive reinforcement works well. This is done by rewarding your dog when he displays good behavior and when he doesn’t, give him a firm sounding command to either stop or go back to his place.
Fun and play.
Your new dog will of course enjoy play time with you. This is a great way to strengthen your bond with him. Try to bring him to places where you spend leisure time – places that accept dogs or pets. Be sure to contact the establishment first to check if they do before you go and visit.
Love and patience.
There’s nothing more welcoming that the feeling of being loved. Your new dog will show love back when you do. He will feel comfortable in his new home and new family in the soonest possible time.