So you or you and your family are ready for a new dog! what are your options, you can purchase a new puppy or Rescue a older one, What will work out for you .. ( most of these tips come from adopters and have already been through this process, and from a Rescue Organization called Last Hope K-9 Rescue.
The first few days in your home are special and critical for a pet. Your new dog will be confused about where he is and what to expect from you. Setting up some clear structure with your family for your dog will be paramount in making as smooth a transition as possible.
Do a Checklist.
Is the breed you found going to work with your Family ( I.E. Kids, Home, yard, playtime. Travel? ) Work? ( will the dog be taken care of, walker , daycare, Car? Nightlife? )
Determine where your dog will be spending most of his time. Because he will be under a lot of stress with the change of environment (from shelter or foster home to your house), he may forget any housebreaking (if any) he’s learned. Often a kitchen will work best for easy clean-up.
If you plan on crate training your dog, be sure to have a crate set-up and ready to go for when you bring your new dog home. and slowly show him it like a introduction, don’t just shove the dog in it, let them get used to it.
Dog-proof the area where your pooch will spend most of his time during the first few months. This may mean taping loose electrical cords to baseboards; storing household chemicals on high shelves; removing plants, rugs, clothes and breakables; setting up the crate, and installing baby gate. by doing this it will save you time and money from the vet. ( trust me on this )
Bring an ID tag with your phone number on it with you when you pick up your dog so that he has an extra measure of safety for the ride home and the first few uneasy days. If he is micro-chipped, be sure to register your contact information with the chip’s company, if the rescue or shelter did not already do so. ( the tag is great if you have ample time to do so)
Moving is stressful — and your new dog feels the same way! Give him time to acclimate to your home and family before introducing him to strangers. Make sure children know how to approach the dog without overwhelming him.
start your schedule of feeding, toileting and play/exercise. From Day One, your dog will need family time and brief periods of solitary confinement. Don’t give in and comfort him if he whines when left alone. Instead, give him attention for good behavior, such as chewing on a toy or resting quietly.
Patience, a new dog in a new home, means both you and the dog have to learn from each other, you have ideas what your dog is or will be and your dog has his own ideas of what is OK and what is not. like is it OK to be on furniture, is the whole house his or certain rooms. for Example – Picture yourself with a new roommate that you have never met…how long would it take you to “adjust” to all of their behaviors and eccentricities, or them to yours……you might get along from day one, or you might take weeks to months to learn each others patterns and expectations. So it is with new pups…they are adorable, but they speak different languages than we do, so we need to offer them patience and time for them to learn what is expected of them in their new home.
For the first few days, remain calm and quiet around your dog, limiting too much excitement (such as the dog park or neighborhood children). Not only will this allow your dog to settle in easier, it will give you more one-on-one time to get to know him and his likes/dislikes.
Each dog will be different in adjusting to a new home. below are some Peoples experiences..
. When my Cane Corso first came home I expected some separation anxiety, accidents in the house, etc., but to my complete shock, the Big Guy completely and totally ignored me for the first month plus. He wouldn’t make eye contact or even look at my face….the first week he went so far as to sit with his back to me every chance he got. Thanks to Laurie, Petra and the miracle workers at Doggie Fun & Fitness he slooooowly came out of his shell, we built up his confidence and he learned how to trust, love and be loved. I’ll never forget the day he made and maintained eye contact with me for the first time Now the big goofball follows me around my house staring at me every chance he gets!!
.Puppies —If you are getting a puppy, be prepared for some missed sleep! 3 am potty breaks are to be expected, but thankfully don’t last long. Soon enough you will miss when your puppy was that small! Also, make sure you puppy proof your house. The rule of thumb being…If they can’t get to your shoes, trash, (fill in the blank), then they can’t destroy it! Buy chew toys…LOTS of chew toys! And lastly, be patient. Your puppy will learn more after mere weeks of being born, than you did in your first four years!
.Another important one is that puppies are pretty tolerant of anything, but as they grow older, they may not appreciate things in the same way. This might include being hugged or pulled by small children, or being submissive/aggressive to other dogs. Please watch your dog’s behavior and signs to see if he is getting less tolerant of things.
People often say they don’t see their dog’s true personality until several weeks after adoption. Your dog will be a bit uneasy at first as he gets to know you. Be patient and understanding while also keeping to the schedule you intend to maintain for feeding, walks, etc. This schedule will show your dog what is expected of him as well as what he can expect from you.
these are just the many tips that are around for when you rescue a dog and what you should except. please feel free to leave your own tips in the comment section and i will gladly add them to this list.