When bringing a new dog home it is important to remember to let them acclimate to their new surrounding. For the first few weeks you will begin to build your dog’s sense of independence and confidence.
It is stressful for a dog to be removed from their pack leader and litter mates. It is even more stressful when being re-homed due to abuse or a sudden family need occurs that no longer includes the dog.
The most important thing to remember when bringing your new dog home to a new environment is be prepared.
When a pup or dog is not happy it will act out if left alone to do whatever it wants. This can turn into destructive behavior.
- Do not forget to have a crate when you go to pick up your dog. This sends an immediate message to your new dog. On the drive home its a big mistake to hold the pup on your lap.
- Have a designated area ready for the crate It’s best nearest the door that the dog will be allowed to go in and out of. Food and water bowls, chew toys, and all needs should be in the designated area.
- It is best to bring a new dog home over a weekend so that you can begin the process of training.
Healthy Remedies For Confidence
We all know It’s hard not to play with your new puppy when you come home but keep in mind it’s just as important to settle the pup into their new environment.
Treating a pup like a baby teaches it how to be needy. Allow the pup to build independence and self-confidence.First things first: Put the puppy in the designated area and open the crate, more than likely the pup will come flying out if not don’t worry.
- There should be newspaper in a particular spot for peeing or pooping.
- The next step and most important is to leave for about 10-15 minutes, do not announce that you are leaving. It sounds awful, however you are teaching your pup timing, how to be alone and also that you do return.
- Give the pup things to play with and chew on to occupy time. This teaches independence.
- When returning always praise in a calm voice. If there is misses, meaning peeing or pooping simply go inside and clean. At the same time put some of the remains on the newspaper area, show the pup along with instruction, such as go, pee-pee here, then allow the pup to smell the area.
- This should be repeated several times a day, each time add another 10 minutes and each time you return calmly praise. It is not necessary to clean up every time.
- Cleaning a designated area should happen at least 3-4 times a day, If you work this should be done in the morning before you leave, when you return from work and before you retire for bed.
Healthy Remedies For Socialization
- Play time and feeding also needs to be on a schedule. This helps the pup understand timing.
- Puppies require food at least 2 times. It’s best to do in the morning and late afternoon before 5:00 pm if possible. This is a perfect time to socialize with your pup. After they eat they usually will need to pee and poop, the rule is, what goes in comes out. Take advantage and encourage that they do their business.
- Also spend time to introduce toys and teach new tricks. Dogs love the attention. After feeding and socialization pups burn up tons of energy and will usually nap once you leave. This is time for you to take care of your personal needs.
These steps are also healthy remedies for young or adult dogs with a few exceptions.
Adult dogs need exercise. It’s important to plan for walking time. This is an activity dogs love to do and if done regularly this will be a bonding time for you and your dog.
When bringing a young or adult home the first thing you do is take a walk. Walking is a healthy remedy for burning energy. Dog of any age need to exercise and burn energy. If you have a yard introduce the yard and show the dog the doors for going out. This all should be done before you bring the dog into the house.
Once you have established the ebb and flow, routines and timing, you can take your pup, dog out of the designated area and begin to introduce other areas of the house.
This all takes time and you need to patient and consistent. Whimpering and crying out may take place but will subside. All dogs including puppies look for boundaries and territories and look for the pack leader instructions and timing. Keep in mind pack leaders come and go so why shouldn’t you.