Bringing home your newly adopted dog is always an adjustment for everyone involved. It’s an adjustment for you because you are now adding a new friend into your life that requires a lot of work and attention. It’s an adjustment for the dog because they are learning all about you and want you want. It’s exciting and it’s only normal for you to have concerns about your new pet’s transition into life at home. How will they do when no one is watching? Are they sociable with other dogs? Will they do what you ask or be little rebels? Here are 3 important tips to help you welcome your new family member into your home.

Do Your Research

Prior to your new dog arriving at your home, plan out everything from training to diet and exercise. How will youtrain your pet? Will all of your family members are on the same page? You want everyone to be on the same page to prevent any confusion to your new pet. You don’t want one person to be implementing a more harsh regime while another family member is lax. Providing positive reinforcement techniques is a great way to help your dog learn. When they are taught the right thing to do and they have those positive behaviors rewarded, they will be more likely to repeat the good behavior. Do your research on the various food options for your new dog and how many times a day he or she should eat. You want to make sure that your dog is happy and healthy. Doing your research now will help save you vet bills and other expenses in the future. Having these decisions made in advance will help make the transition easier on everyone involved.

Show Compassion

Your newly adopted dog may display signs of anxiety in the first few days or weeks of being at your home. They might be whining, hiding, or shrinking from your touch. Don’t be annoyed or turned off! It may be hard for you to experience, because you’ll be so excited about your new furry family member and wonder if the feeling isn’t mutual. Don’t worry–this adjustment period is totally normal and only temporary! Speak in a gentle, soothing voice to your dog and make sure to show lots of love. Once your pet understands you are there to love and protect, he’ll feel much more comfortable and start to see how great his new home (and family) really is! Be patient, some dogs take longer than others to adjust to their new life. Make sure that all of your family members are aware and following the same procedures.

 Health First

Soon after adopting your dog, take a trip to the vet’s office and have your new buddy examined. Bringing along any past medical records for the doctor to look at is always helpful. Your doctor will perform a full examination and give your dog the necessary shots he needs.

After performing these tasks, you and your new forever friend will be happy and ready for the rest of their life.

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