Congrats on adopting!
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.
When you adopt a dog, you can’t expect them to be super happy about this. They don’t understand what’s going on and they're certainly not going to love their new life right away.
Your new dog will be confused about where he is and what to expect from you. Dogs in new homes need time to adjust. Understand they are scared, confused, they have no idea what to do and are very stressed.
Don’t blame them for not behaving the way you want them to right away. Be patient, give them lots of love and a calm place, BUT set up some clear structure from the start. This will help your adopted dog to adjust to a new way of life.
Know it will take some TIME and HARD WORK to help him adjust to his new chaos-free life with you and your wonderful dog will reward you every day for the rest of his life with love, loyalty and devotion.
Here are some tips:
- Introducing new dogs: a step-by-step guide
- Trigger stacking: how we set our dogs up to fail
- The first few days
- Tips for the First 30 Days of Dog Adoption
- How to Potty Train a Puppy the Easy Way
- Decompression Phase
- How Kids and Pets Should Not Interact
- How Kids and Pets Should Interact
- Place command How To Dog Training