The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Tips on Introducing Your New Adopted Puppy/Dog to Your Home The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Tips on Introducing Your New Adopted Puppy/Dog to Your Home

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tips on Introducing Your New Adopted Puppy/Dog to Your Home

First let me congratulate you for adopting a pet, and saving a life! The animal shelters are full of homeless animals that need forever homes...and you chose to give one a forever home! Congratulations!

There is nothing more exciting then bringing home your new dog or puppy.   Here are a few simple tips you can use in order to make the transition smooth:

  • Ask the shelter what type of dog food they were using so you can retain a little bit of consistency for him. keeping the food the same, it gives him something familiar to sink his teeth into.   
  • If you decide to change his brand of food, introduce it to him gradually after the initial week, so his digestive system can get used to it.
  • If you already have other dogs in the home, feed your dogs at different locations so they are not fighting over their food.
  • Be sure to set up your new dog’s safe retreat area prior to bringing him home.  Put his toys, bowls, and blanket there too.  
  • When you bring him home, show him his special new area and let him get used to it at his own pace.  Consider setting up this special place for him in the family room or kitchen so he’s near where the action is versus the garage or basement.  
  • Dogs are social and so it’s important for him to know that people are around!
  • Introduce him to the entire family by letting everyone hold and gently play with him.  Keep a watchful eye on younger children as their excitement could be overwhelming to some dogs.
  • Your dog may be especially lonely at night when the house is quite and dark.  Consider putting his crate into your bedroom so he knows you’re nearby.
  • Keep a leash nearby as your dog will most likely need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  You don’t want to be scurrying around in the dark looking for the leash!
  • If you’re bringing home a dog where there are already two resident dogs, you may notice them exhibiting pack behavior where they may begin ganging up on the newcomer.  If this happens, assert yourself and immediately stop this behavior.
  • If you have a resident dog and introduce a newcomer, don’t forget to shower love and affection upon the resident dog too.  If you don’t, it could produce an anxiety and jealous ridden dog who will then exhibit aggressive behavior toward the newcomer.
  • Introduce a newcomer to resident dog in a neutral location, such as a fenced in area.  Supervise the dogs’ interactions with each other.  When the dogs are interacting, give a lot of praise for your dog’s good behavior and make sure you’re stern when he isn’t good.
  • Make sure you have different spots for your dogs to retreat to when they are tired and need to relax.  You don’t want your resident dog fighting over his territory when he’s already trying to adjust to a newcomer!
  • At the end of the day, it’s important to stick with a routine so he knows what to expect and when.

And the best advice of all is to shower your new dog, and any resident dogs with plenty of love and attention as he’s now a part of your family!