How To Help Your Newly Adopted Doggy Feel Secure In It’s New Home
Wonderful! You’ve decided to adopt! What an exciting time for your pooch and you! Here, to assist in the introduction to pet-life, are 5 key integration
1. Shop for the necessities: You’ll need a leash, collar, ID tag, bed, food and water dishes and, of course, food! It’s a good idea to have these items in place even before you bring your new dog home. Have these ready before bringing your new furry family member home. If you intend to crate-train, take your dog with you when you shop for the crate so you can find the right size. Feel free to call us at Petfood ’N More, if you have any questions, or see HERE for deals on all your dog-care needs!
2. Your pup’s new housing: Your dog will be most happy living and sleeping inside your home with the family. Set up an area with a comfy bed or blanket that your dog can call his own. The BC SPCA is strongly opposed to having your dog live outside but if this is your only option, an outdoor kennel should be weather- and draft- proof, situated in a dry spot, elevated, have insulated walls and flooring and plenty of dry bedding inside. Outdoor dogs should always have access to fresh water in a spill-proof bowl. Dogs are extremely social animals and need lots of contact with humans and other dogs. If your dog sleeps outdoors, make sure that he is brought into the home daily to interact with his "pack."
3. Socializing will help your new pal adjust: Dogs are extremely social creatures. Make sure that they spend lots of time bonding with the family and have opportunities to interact with other dogs. Take your dog to visit friends, children and people of all shapes and sizes. This will help your dog feel comfortable with different people other than their pack and decrease anxiety in new situations. Off-leash parks are great places to socialize your dog with other dogs — see HERE for a listing of off-leash parks near you. Your dog requires lots of daily exercise. The amount depends on your dog's age and breed. Most dogs need one to two hours of outdoor exercise everyday. Some breeds (e.g., border collies, labs, and Jack Russell terriers) require more exercise than others (e.g., bulldogs, great danes, and mastiffs). If you are unsure of how much exercise your dog needs, consult your veterinarian.
4. Establish a schedule of feeding and walking and be consistent: Try to walk him and feed him at the same times each day, and signal those times with the same key words every time. For example, right before you feed him, you might say, “Food time!” A reliable routine is an important tool in successfully integrating your new dog into your home and helping him feel secure.
5. Training: Basic obedience training is essential for all dogs. Your dog should know the basic commands: sit, stay, come, relax, and off. The BCSPCA strongly suggests enrolling in an obedience class with your dog. Practice commands with your dog at home. Keep training times short. Daily 5 to 10 minute sessions are much more effective than 30 minute sessions where you and your dog may start to get impatient, frustrated or bored.
Most of all, be patient, have fun, and love. Life truly is Better with Pets.
*Additional insight courtesy of wagsandwalks.org and spca.bc.ca