Knowing what to plan for and what to expect when bringing your new friend home can make the difference between a not so good experience and a great experience. As your dog settles in expect noticeable stages of adjustment, and things to be prepared for at each stage.
Here’s a helpful read for the day you bring your new dog home Bringing Fido Home – What to Expect.
The First 1 to 2 Weeks – New Routines and House Rules
The early days of bringing your new dog home can feel unsettled and fluid at times – new fido must learn new family members, new routines, and a whole new environment of smells and places.
Plan for 1 to 2 weeks or so to decompress and adjust. You’ll notice him begin to settle into the household routine. Don’t be disappointed if your new friend doesn’t bond to you right away or listen to you.
New dogs have not established loyalties or attachments to you or your home. This will take weeks to months. It’s best to keep your new dog on a lead at all times, or in a fenced yard when he/she is outside.
The First Few Months – Settling In
Your new friend’s early months are the settling in period. He’ll start look to you as leader for structure and ground rules. No matter his background or personality, he’ll need to know what’s appropriate or inappropriate behavior – it’s your job to teach him.
You might consider training with a professional trainer for you and your new friend – training is a wonderful way to bond, establish trust, and get your new relationship off to a great start.
For more information on what to expect, we also recommend a look at this web page: Bringing Your New Dog Home (PAW Rescue)