Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Becoming a pet parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. However, transitioning to a new home can be stressful for dogs because it’s an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people. It may take anywhere from 3 weeks to several months for your new dog to become completely comfortable. We have put together the following tips to make the transition a little easier.
#1 HAVE ALL THE BASICS ON HAND
Collar, Harness, and Leash
Purchase the appropriate size collar and/ or harness for your dog. Measure the girth of your dog’s neck and/or chest so they can’t slip out of it and run off while you are on a walk. There are dozens of leash options but a leather 6-foot leash is comfortable in your hand and a great place to start.
It is critical to have an ID tag with your dog’s name and your contact information – put the ID tag on your dog’s collar immediately.
Dog Food, Treats, and Daily Supplements
Changing a dog's food abruptly may cause an upset stomach and diarrhea. To avoid these issues, continue feeding the same food provided by the dog’s previous home while gradually mixing in his new food. This will slowly adjust him to his new diet. You’re your new pup healthy treats with a purpose! Particular Paws Calming Aid Treats help ease anxiety, and our Salmon Oil Treats help maintain a healthy skin and coat. Four-legged friends need daily supplements just like humans do. Particular Paws chewable Joint and Hip Supplement for Dogs may be administered at an early age for preventative measures and can ease joint discomfort in a middle-age or older dog.
Food and Water Bowls
Keep these bowls away from distractions and arrange them in same place so your dog knows exactly where to go for water. Wash the bowls daily and ensure the water bowl has fresh water at all times.
Dogs need a comfortable place of their own to rest. Put your dog’s bed(s) in a place away from foot traffic.
Having toys available will ease the adjustment period because toys help dog’s relieve anxiety and encourage fun. Always supervise your dog when playing with toys to avoid choking hazards.
#2 ESTABLISH A CONSISTENT FEEDING AND WALKING ROUTINE
A reliable routine is an important tool in successfully transitioning your new dog into your family and helps you gain respect as his leader. Dogs thrive when they have a predictable routine.
Consistently walking and feeding at the same times each day is simple way help improve his behavior and well being. It also makes it easier for you to predict when he will need to relieve himself.
#3 PROVIDE A SAFE PLACE TO REST
Resting spots placed away from foot-traffic give your dog a place of their own to chill out. The bed should be large enough for them to spread out and curl up. Place the beds in places where your dog can see everything, but still be alone if they desire. You can place a couple of fuzzy toys in this area for comfort and to ease boredom.
#4 TAKE YOUR TIME WITH SOCIALIZING
A new dog may feel bewildered by all the changes so it’s best not to have too many people around when you first bring them home. Have everyone the dog is going to be living with at the house, but delay inviting other people over to meet your new dog for a few days. This will give your dog time to get comfortable and confident in their new home.
#5 SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE WITH YOUR NEW DOG
You can encourage your dog to feel more welcome by spending as much time as possible with him in the first few weeks. Arrange his homecoming so it occurs during a time when you will be home a lot, such as a vacation or a long weekend. Most dogs would rather have their human to play with than a yard to play in.
Running around a yard provides physical stimulation, but during the welcome home period, dogs really need the companionship and mental bonding with their human.