Dogs are human being’s loyal friends. Bringing a new dog into your life is an exciting event, but it’s also one that can be stressful for both you and your pup until you’ve settled into a routine. It can take days, months or longer for you and your pet to adjust to each other and for your dog to acclimate to your home, especially if your new pet has lived in multiple homes or shelters in the past.
Be patient, and use the following tips to help your pet dog build a trusting bond with you.
Equip A Proper Playpen
Prepare the items your dog will need in advance. You’ll need a flat-buckle or martingale collar and identification tag, a harness and a 6-foot nylon leash, food and water bowls, a bed—and toys! If you know what kind of food your dog has been eating, buy a small bag to keep their diet consistent.
You might consider an appropriately sized playpen that’s large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and play for use as a safe. A playpen is not a magical solution to common canine behavior. If used incorrectly, a dog can feel trapped and frustrated. And for some dogs, playpens will not be an option. So don’t leave your dog in the crate too long.
Prepare a Dog House
A dog house is the basic supplier for the pet dog. It gives the dog a safe place to rest and play toys by themselves. Ask more info from the person who will give you the dog or sell it to you, choose the house type the dog will like, which is an easy way to make you get alone with the pet quickly and familiar. No matter you put the dog house indoor or outdoor, except the sleeping time in the dog house, spending much time to walk the dog and play with it.
Establish a routine
Determine your dog care regimen in advance with the human members of your household. Who will walk your dog and when? How often will you feed your dog? Will your dog be allowed on the furniture or will they initially need to adjust to a crate? Where will they rest at night? Are there any rooms in the house that are off-limits?
Plan the arrival
Arrange for your dog to arrive during a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some quality time together. For the first few weeks, you’ll want to make sure you establish a routine with your dog so they know what to expect and grow to trust you, but don’t rush your new dog into unfamiliar situations. It can be tempting to take them to a busy park or dog park or to bring them to the pet supply store to pick out toys, but most dogs will be overwhelmed simply by the transition to your home. So keep things as quiet and consistent as possible for the first week or more. Feed and walk your dog, and come and go from work around the same times each day.
Patience is key
Finally, remember to temper your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give them time to adjust. You'll soon find out that you've made a friend for life. Don’t forget to reach out for help if you’re struggling with a behavior. The shelter or rescue where you adopted or the responsible breeder you purchased from can offer tips on basic behavioral challenges or refer you to a certified trainer if necessary.
No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your dog will. Dogs usually will repay you much unexpected surprise. They are very clever, and can become your friends and family members. If you are going to keep a dog, never mind paying out much time and care, you will be amply rewarded at the end.