Congratulations if you are interested in adopting a dog or have already adopted one. You have so many things to look forward too, whether you adopted your dog from a trusted breeder or rescued them from an animal shelter.
It is normal to feel overwhelmed the first few days or even weeks after you bring home your dog. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed after bringing home your dog. This is a major transition for both your dog and your family.
These are some tips to help make your dog’s new homecoming as easy as possible.
Find out more about the breed
Understanding the breed and commitment required to adopt it is important. Do they require regular grooming, high energy, special diets, common health issues or frequent grooming? Before you bring your dog home, make sure you are able to meet their needs.
These are the things you will need: A collar, name tag, leash, harness, and leash. Our Martingale collars are recommended for training. Top Dog Advisor collars come embroidered with ScruffTags, or nameplates, which ensure that your dog’s identification is never lost.
Other essentials include food and water bowls for your dog, a crate, a bed for your dog, treats and toys to keep them entertained.
Slowly transition to dog food
Slowly change the dog’s food if you are going to do it. You can make sure their bodies adjust to the new food slowly.
Prepare your home
Adopting a dog means that your home is clean and free from any potential dangers, especially as they adjust to their new environment.
Dogs feel most at home in a den-like environment. You can furnish their crate and toys with dog toys or a bed. Make sure your pet knows that their crate is always accessible for them when they need it. You can provide high-value treats to your dog whenever they visit their crate. However, it should never be used as punishment.
Book your first appointment with a vet
Within the first few weeks of your adoption, schedule a veterinarian exam. To ensure that your dog receives the necessary vaccinations, and to treat any health problems, a veterinarian will be required to examine it. You can ask your shelter or breeder to recommend a veterinarian if you do not already know one.
Both you and your pup will have to adjust to many things. For a smooth transition, you can consider the three C’s: Comfort, Care and Consistency.
Comfort – During the first three days of bringing your dog home, make sure they feel as comfortable and happy as possible. Establishing a calm environment is key to allowing your dog to adjust to its new environment. You can establish comfort by creating a safe place for them. This could be the crate that you have made. You should restrict their access. Do not invite guests to your home during this period. Wait until your pet is comfortable with you before introducing them to other pets. You can spend quality time with your pet, such as training or cuddling on the couch. It is possible to start defining the boundaries that you would like to establish (e.g. no counter surfing or jumping up, any limitations on furniture, rooms that are off-limits)Consistency – dogs crave routine, and they’ll pick up on one you set very quickly. You should keep your dog fed at regular times, take them outside for play and have a consistent bedtime. To avoid separation anxiety, you can leave them alone for longer periods of time.
This guide will help you and your pup make the transition to a new puppy as easy as possible. Enjoy every moment with your best friend!
How to adopt a dog. The ‘How To’ Dog Blog.