Getting a new dog can be an exciting time for any family! He or she is part of the family now, and more than anything, you really want your pup to feel safe and secure in your loving home. You may want to rush in by playing and showering your dog with love, but your new furry companion needs time to adjust. Here are four ways you can allow your new dog to feel comfortable in your home.
Don’t Force Introductions
If you have other pets, you may want to put them in a different room while your new dog gets accustomed to your home. Let your dog roam for a while and when you feel he is getting used to the smells and sounds, you can gently introduce him to your other pets. If you have small children, you may want to either have a long talk with them about how they can’t smother the new dog with love, attention and their general high energy excitement at first. It could also be a good idea to bring home your dog when it will just be you and him at home for a while.
Hold Off on Showering Your Dog With Love
We get it, your dog is just the cutest. However, you are new to him and he is naturally going to be nervous. A new environment, new people and (potentially) other animals is a lot to take in! He will likely be overstimulated and a bit anxious, trying to process his new home. Let him get used to your smell and your home before you decide to expect a long cuddle session. Be accessible to your new dog and allow him to come to you when he is ready for all the love and affection you want to give him.
“He or she is part of the family now, and more than anything, you really want your pup to feel safe and secure in your loving home.”
Make Sure You Have All The Basics
Before you even bring your new dog through the door of your home, make sure you have all the necessities for him. The basics include food and water bowl, toys, and a comfortable bed. Even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind their pets sleeping in bed with them, it’s still best to have a dog bed in your home, especially at first until your dog gets used to you. He may feel more comfortable in his own bed, or having a quiet place all his own to relax and process all the newness of your home.
Make The First Vet Trip
Although the initial trip to the vet won’t be exciting for your dog and certainly won’t make him feel comfortable, it may in the long run. For example, it’s important to get your dog checked out by the vet because he may have health issues that you’re unaware of. Even if he looks healthy, he could have an issue such as thyroid disease, diabetes, trouble seeing or hearing, among other issues. Having your new dog evaluated for any health conditions, as well as establishing a relationship with the doctor that will treat him or her in the future sets your pup off on the path to a long, healthy life with your family.