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How to Help Your New Dog Adjust
Bringing a new four-legged family member is an exciting addition to any home. As can be expected, the adjustment period can bring about changes to routines, as the needs of your new pup will change through their development. There are strategies to assist you as you transition your new addition to a full-fledged member of your family.
Puppies and dogs can become accustomed to homes and people, just as humans do. It is important as you transition a new pup into your family or transition them to a new home, to introduce them to all aspects of their new life, including the people and physical space. By introducing your dog to your family and their new home, you establish their pack and can ease into a transition.
Dogs benefit from normalized schedules, so sticking to a routine during a transition can be helpful to your new family member. This will create a sense of familiarity as there are new changes and transitions. It can be useful to understand what schedule your canine companion was on before coming to your home if they are new to your family, so ask questions of the shelter what their schedule was like, what foods they ate and other components of their routine to ease them into a new environment. Slowing transitioning your furry family member to a routine at home will provide them with a sense of normalcy and stability.
Dogs are naturally drawn to their own space, so using a crate can be a helpful component of creating a safe space for your pup. Using a space that is all of their own to the area and designating this as their spot to sleep, decompress and relax is an important part of establishing a comfortable space for your four-legged family member. For those who prefer sleeping with pets, they may benefit from the additional warmth, comfort and company. However, if sharing a bed can be a challenge, there are also alternatives to assist you at bedtime. Establishing a place for them to lay their head, whether it be in your bed or their own space, this gives them a place to rest up and relax.
Dogs require a certain level of exercise, regardless of their breed and energy level. This is a crucial component of keeping them healthy, whether this is through walks, runs or play. By offering them consistent times to expel some energy, you can keep them healthy and provide a positive outlet. Dogs who experience behavioral problems can often benefit a great deal from exercise and play. Physical activity for your new friend is a key piece of successful transitions.
It is a wonderful thing to bring in a rescue dog and provide them with a new home. Oftentimes, rescue dogs can transition perfectly into a family, but there are experiences that they have lived through that you will never be aware of. It is important to consult a vet and behavioral professional if you are having difficulty in transitioning your four-legged friend into your home.
Similarly, as parents transition in babies into their homes, transitioning your dog will require additional steps and planning. It is imperative to consider the first steps and preparation before bringing your dog home, including dog proofing, proper care and supplies and designating a family vet, before you bring your four-legged family member home.
As you look to introduce your canine companion home, you’ll be filled with joy and love that you cannot even imagine. However, there can also be challenges, as you are bringing in a living creature into your house. This furry friend is not just a pet, but an extension of your family who will bring in their own needs into your life, so patience is a crucial component.
The integration of a pet into your home is a wondrous experience that brings a great deal of joy. By planning and preparing for your new four-legged family member, you can cruise through the transition with fewer issues and find yourself surrounded by cuddles and affection.
Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.