The arrival of a new dog into a home is usually incredibly exciting for its new family. However, for the dog it can inspire a whole range of emotions. Some pooches will be ecstatic at their introduction into a group of people that love and care for it, while others may find the whole process nerve-wracking, or even upsetting if the process is not handled correctly.
In order to bring your new pet into the family as quickly and easily as possible, there are a few steps you can take to prepare. By putting in a bit of extra work in the week or so before the arrival of the dog, you can avoid any issues that arise.
First of all, you should do your best to set up a schedule for dog care. Think about which family member will be feeding, walking and taking your new pet to the toilet, and at what time of the day. Make sure you stick to this schedule as strictly as possible when your new pooch arrives.
This does not only help you take better care of your dog when it arrives, but it also makes everything easier for the pooch to acclimatise to. If they are uncertain about when their next meal is coming, or when they will be able to go for a walk, it can add to any nervousness they might have.
This applies to your pet’s meals as well. If you are planning on feeding your dog a specific type of food, such as the nutritious BARF diet, then it is best to have it planned out before the pet arrives. This avoids an awkward transition between foods later on, which can add enough uncertainty to worry a new dog.
Make sure your home is well-stocked with everything your new dog will need. Make a list of every scenario that will require equipment: do they have a bowl for food and water? Toys to play with? Is there anywhere that needs gating off from them? Do they need a lead for walking?
One of the most important aspects of dog care is to make sure everyone in the family is up to speed on how to act around their new pet. For example, if you want a calm, obedient dog, it is important that your family members do not give them attention when they jump up or beg. That means they will have to know how to react to this.
Similarly, if you want to use commands then you will have to standardise them across your family. There is no point in commanding your dog to ‘sit’ if another member of your family is using the word ‘down’ to mean the same thing. This will make it much harder for you to train your new dog, and make it confusing for them.
Have a similar standardised plan for when the dog first arrives as well. Your family should all know how to react so as not to scare the dog, or over excite it. You should remember to be calm, and maybe split up your time with the pet so it does not get overcrowded.
These steps may seem like a lot, but they are very useful in order to make sure the first few weeks with your new dog go as smoothly as possible. This will set you on the path to an easy relationship with your pet.
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