You have given a worthy animal a new and wonderful life. Now you can be proud of your new friend. It’s almost impossible not to introduce your new puppy to your family and friends immediately.
It’s important to consider what is best for your dog now that you are a new pet parent. It’s a great idea to take it easy for the first week to help your dog adjust to their new environment and get to know you better.
1- Decompression Session
Dogs can be stressed out in shelter life. Overstimulation, loud noises, and bright lights can have a negative effect on a rescue dog’s mental health.
This in turn can affect their behavior. Dogs can find it overwhelming to adjust to new surroundings and the sounds, smells, and sights. Your dog’s stress from living in a shelter can be released by allowing them to adjust to the new environment and people before you introduce them to other members of the household.
2- Routines Rock
The shelter’s breakfast and dinner times were most likely different than your home’s breakfast and dinner hours. While it’s not necessary that you adjust your life to match shelter feeding times, it is helpful to have a regular feeding schedule for your dog.
You will find your dog spends less time worrying about when the next meal is, and more time getting acquainted with you and your new home.
3- Space is a place
It is normal to want to cuddle your dog and be close to them. You can have a dog who wants to be loved, held, and played with all the time. It’s important to remember that dogs are not all the same.
Your new dog might need more space. Don’t be too critical if your dog keeps their distance. They are not trying to avoid you, they just need time to trust you and build confidence. Sitting in the middle of the ground is a good option for shy dogs.
Your new dog will gain confidence if you keep calm and speak with a happy, warm voice. They’ll get closer as their curiosity grows. Hold your hand out, palm down, and place a small treat in its center. Give your dog the treat and, if they are willing, a gentle scratch under their chin. This exercise will make your timid dog feel more at ease and help them to trust you.
4- Bathroom Breaks
Your new dog can be housebroken, or they may not have mastered the art yet of using the outside toilet. Regular potty breaks are a great way for your pup to get out and about.
Remember that your dog may not be able to identify your home until they become more familiar with it. They could also run away from your house, no matter how trained or well-trained they may be. You can avoid the stress of an accidental escape by using a leash whenever you leave a fenced area.
5- Toys, toys, toys!
You can’t have too many toys for a dog! You can spoil your dog with a variety of toys. Your dog will start to relax and unwind, and your personality will blossom.
You will also learn which toys your dog prefers. It doesn’t matter if your dog loves squeaky toys or balls, ropes, or bones, it is important that toys are safe for your dog to chew. Playtime is bonding. Playing with your dog is a bonding time.