If you have recently adopted a puppy or an older dog, then helping them settle into their new home is a top priority. Here are some helpful tips:
- Give them space – There can be a lot of change in a short period of time for newly adopted dogs. Set them up somewhere that is quiet and where they can get some much-needed rest and start to become comfortable in their new environment.
- Avoid too many visitors – The first thing we want to do is tell everyone about the new arrival. Go ahead and tell everyone, but keep the “showing off” to a minimum for the first week or two. Your dog needs time to get to know their new immediate family well before introducing too many strangers.
- Avoid unnecessarily trips – Of course, you are excited about your new family member and want to start showing them the world, but it is best to wait at least 72+ hours before exposing them to more than their new home turf.
- Don’t worry about training right away – During the first few weeks with your new arrival, don’t pressure them by trying to instill strict training protocols. Their mind is already so full of learning about their new life and routines. After a short time, they will be comfortable enough with you and will be ready to absorb the training.
- Nurture secure attachment – Your new addition’s whole world has been flipped upside down. They need a safe, calm person they can trust and form a bond with. Be there to comfort them.
- Bonus Tip: Get professional help early on – Each relationship is different, so even if you have raised puppies, adopted before, or had dogs all your life, getting a professional on board early on can help even out any kinks. It just makes the process so much smoother.