Bringing Your New Dog Home !
Bringing Your New Dog Home, Preparation and patience are key to building a happy relationship. The key to helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition. First, gather your dog’s supplies – a collar and leash, food and water bowls, food and, of course, some toys. Establish house rules in advance- Who will walk the dog first thing in the morning? Who will feed him at night? Will Fido be allowed on the couch, or won’t he? Where will he rest at night? Plan your dog’s arrival – Try to arrange the arrival of your new dog for a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some quality time together. Be prepared for housetraining – Assume your new dog is not housetrained, and work from there. Be consistent, and maintain a routine. Make sure all your pets are healthy – If you already have dogs or cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good general health before introducing your new pet dog. Take your new dog to the veterinarian within a week after adoption. There, he will receive a health check and any needed vaccinations. Give your dog a crate – A crate may look to you like the canine equivalent of a jail cell, but to your dog, who instinctively likes to den, it’s a room of his own. It makes house training and obedience-training easier and saves your dog from the headache of being yelled at unnecessarily for problem behavior. The crate should not contain wire where his collar or paws can get caught, and should be roomy enough to allow your dog to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably in normal posture. Use training and discipline to create a happy home – Dogs need order. Let your pet know from the start who is the boss. When you catch him doing something he shouldn’t, don’t lose your cool. Stay calm, and let him know immediately, in a loud and disapproving voice, that he has misbehaved. Reward him with praise when he does well, too!. Let the games begin – Dogs need an active life. That means you should plan plenty of exercise and game time for your pet. Be patient and enjoy the results Finally, be reasonable in your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give him time to adjust. You’ll soon find out that you’ve made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your dog will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded. Content source: Humansociety.org