Ten Tips for the First 30 days after Adopting a Dog
It can be both thrilling and difficult to welcome a pet to your family. These guidelines will help you make the Adopting a Dog process easier and more successful.
It can be stressful for your dog to move into a new house and interact with new people. Your dog needs to be allowed to adjust to all new situations and to get used to new people and animals. These new situations should not be forced on your dog.
Create a routine
For a calm, organized environment, it is important to have a consistent and reliable routine. This includes establishing a feeding and walking schedule, as well as who is responsible for each task. Unorganized environments can lead to anxiety in your pet and other undesirable behaviors.
Gradually introduce new pups to the resident dog
Introduce your dog to your dog should be a gradual, one-by-one process. You must be mindful of your dogs safety, including their interactions with other animals, their personalities and body language. These information will help you to plan your approach and determine if adjustments are necessary. Consider the following guidelines:
- Use positive reinforcement
- If either dog displays aggression or fear, stop the interaction and try again when they calm down.
- Begin to interact on neutral territory. For example, go on a walk with your partner.
- Take breaks between interactions
- Forcing interactions
- During the first interaction, leave the toys of the resident dog around the house.
- Don’t ignore signs of a bad encounter and keep the interaction going
Get Crate Training As Soon as Possible
Crate training can have many benefits. It can keep your dog safe while you are away or not there, and it can make housetraining much easier. Crate training should be established early to make it a regular part of your dog’s daily routine. Your dog should feel safe and secure in their crate. Your vet should be consulted if your dog displays signs of panic or distress during crate training.
Offer the necessary enrichment
Animal welfare and health are dependent on environmental enrichment. You can enrich your dog’s home with toys, bedding, and other activities. To ensure safety, it is crucial to supervise your dog when you give them new toys. There are many toys on the market, but the best toys are those that can be chewed, broken teeth, or stuck in the dog’s mouth.
Locate a Positive-Enrichment Trainer for Dogs
Dog training goes beyond teaching your dog obedience. It also helps you to increase your dog’s confidence and strengthens the bond between you and your dog. These methods can lead to more problems and poor animal welfare. Before you choose a trainer, interview them and watch a class.
Potty Train with Positive Reinforcement
Even housebroken dogs may experience accidents when they are first introduced to a new environment. Positive reinforcement and consistent commands, such as “go potty”, can help housetraining be easier. These techniques include keeping your dog safe, taking frequent trips outside, observing your dog, rewarding your dog after eliminating outside, and interrupting an accident (but not punishing).
Transition to a New Food or Diet
There are many diets available for dogs. A balanced diet is essential for their growth. Your vet may recommend that you continue your dog’s current diet until they are able to discuss other food options. It is important to slowly introduce the new food into your pet’s diet, preferably over 1-2 weeks. Slower transitions will decrease the chance of diarrhea or upset stomach.
Both mental and physical exercise are important
Dogs need to be physically and mentally active, just like humans. Walking your dog can be a great way to get some exercise. However, it can also provide mental stimulation. Puzzle toys and other toys can also be used to provide mental stimulation for your dog when he is indoors. Your dog’s needs for exercise will vary depending on their breed and age. Talk to your vet about recommendations.
Establish a Veterinarian Partnership ASAP
Your new dog’s health is best managed by a veterinarian. Establishing a good working relationship with your vet early on will help you to make the transition easier for your dog. Bring any medical records and vaccination records with you to your first appointment. This will allow your vet to schedule future visits and perform necessary vaccines.
Adopting a dog to your family can bring joy and happiness to both you as well as your dog. You will have a happy and fulfilling relationship if you are patient and ready for the inevitable.