Keeping a dog is a rewarding and emotional experience. You have taken this opportunity to give the deserving animals a new good life and have the right to be proud and excited about your new BFF. It is tempting to introduce your new puppy to all friends and family immediately, almost irresistible. However, since you are a new pet parent, it is also important to consider which dog is best for you. Relaxing in the first week of your dog’s new life is a great way to help them adjust to their new environment and get to know you better.
1. Decompression meeting
The dog’s housing life is very busy. Many loud sounds, bright lights and excessive stimulation will affect the rescue dog’s psychology and thus its behavior. Adapting to the sights, sounds and smells of a new home is an exciting but overwhelming experience for the dog. The best way to decompress your dog and release the stress they feel in the shelter is to give them some time to adjust to the new environment and the people in it before introducing them to too many non-household members.
2. Routine rock
The breakfast time and dinner time in the shelter are likely to be different from the breakfast time and dinner time in your home. It is not necessary to adjust daily life to adapt to the feeding time of the shelter, but it helps to maintain the dog’s daily feeding schedule. Your dog will spend less time thinking about when to next meal, and more time to learn about you and their new house.
3. Space place
It is perfectly normal to want to be new to your new dog, stay close to them, and never let them invisible. If you have a dog that just wants to be hugged, loved and played all day, then go! However, it is important to consider that not all dogs are the same, and your new dog may need some space. If your puppies keep their distance, don’t think too much. They are not avoiding you; they just need some time to build trust and gain confidence. If you are a shy dog, try to sit in the middle of the floor and avoid eye contact. Keep calm and speak in a warm and happy voice until your new dog gains a certain amount of confidence. When their curiosity takes over, they will get closer and closer. Extend your outstretched hand, palm up, with a small snack in the middle. Let your dog take the snacks from the palm of your hand, and if you want, scratch them gently under the chin. Practicing this sport will help your dog believe that you are a friend and not an enemy.
4. Bathroom rest time
Whether your new dog has broken the house or is not proficient in going outside to wash his hands, please take a break to urinate frequently. This is a good way to avoid any accidents and unnecessary house stress. It is important to remember that before your puppies identify your house as home, they may be a little disoriented, and they may run away regardless of their well-trained. Use a leash when leaving any fenced area. Be careful when the dog is alone in the yard. Cutting the dog into small pieces and buying a collar with an updated label for them is a good way to avoid accidental escape stress. Need help with your dog burglary? Check out our article S#*! Happen: 3 tips for doing housework for your dog.
5. Toys, toys, toys!
Dogs can never have too many toys! Go crazy at any time and spoil your puppy with different types of toys. When your dog starts to relax, relax and settle down, their personality will flourish and you will understand which types of toys the dog likes to play with. Whether your dog likes squeaky toys, balls, ropes, bones or interactive toys, please make sure that the toys you give your dog can be chewed safely and will not be chewed by small objects to avoid being choked or stuffed . The playback time is the bonding time. The more you play with your new dog (if they want to play), the stronger your bond will be and the quicker they will adapt to their new life.