You’ve made the leap into welcoming your newest furever best friend and we couldn’t be happier for you both! Whether it is your first dog or you are a seasoned dog owner, welcoming in a new family member is both exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. Keep in mind that while this is true for you, it is especially true for your new dog. We know that you want to kick off your beautiful new friendship in the best way possible, so we’re here to help. Here are some of our best tips for easing anxiety, and making sure your new dog is comfortable in their new home from day one.
What You Need to Do First:
Before you bring your new dog home, it is important to have some prior preparation. Make sure you have all of your materials ready to go and in order. We recommend a checklist for all of the essentials like your dog's leash (with a spare or two), a collar and ID tag, food, treats for training, and at-home amenities like their bed, bowls, and some toys for comfort. Make sure you establish a place for all of these things to be kept and keep it that way, consistency is key in setting up your dog’s new palace. Make sure all valuables, or anything you don’t want to be chewed up, is out of their reach. Chewing is a sign of anxiety which can be only natural when getting used to their new surroundings. Lastly, make sure everybody in your household is on the same page when it comes to raising your new pup. If multiple people will be taking care of your new dog, it is essential to make sure everyone is on the same page about what their responsibilities are, and what your house rules will be. Have a plan ahead of time about training regimens, corrective actions, and what areas, if any, are off-limits like furniture or certain rooms.
Bringing them Home:
The day has finally arrived, it is time to bring your furry new royal to their new furever home. As exciting as this is, it is important to remember that your new dog may be nervous, and it’s best not to overwhelm them. Keep it simple and try to introduce them to their new housemates, kids, or other dogs one at a time and outside if you can. It is important you keep things calm and not overstimulate them. They will be very inquisitive so let them sniff around and get to know their new family.
When they are ready to see the new digs, it’s time for the tour. Remember to keep things calm and collected. Bring them around on their leash at first so that they stay right by side, making sure you are the one to lead and show them around. Let them get comfortable with their new space and make sure to reward their positive behavior with treats.
Make sure to give them plenty of time and patience while they are getting acclimated. Be sure to show them to their bed and encourage some time for rest. When they are ready, begin to establish your routine for meals, walks, and nap time. Set up some bonding activities like giving them a brief tour of the neighborhood, or a play session with one of their new toys. Follow these tips and before long, you and your pup will be best of friends