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8 Important Steps to Bringing A New Canine Into The House – Pibbles & Extra Animal Rescue

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Dogs, for many of us, are like family members. Just like we prepare for a baby’s arrival, we must also prepare our home when bringing a new dog home.

Adopting or bringing a dog into your home and your life is a long-term commitment. This means making some adjustments in your house, in your lifestyle, and also in your schedule.

You should also know that the average life of a dog is usually around 13 years, and if you bring them into your home, you are their parents, and they should be with these innocent creatures for a lifetime.

In this article, we have highlights those essential steps that would help your dog feel welcome to your home.

1.    Help the Dog With The Home Tour

There are a lot of dogs and dog breeds out there. Depending on why you need the dog, you make your selection. Sometimes you just visit a dog shelter, and you just end up falling in love. On the other hand, you may need one for support or company.

Whatever your reason, once you decide to officially adopt a dog, it becomes a member of your family. The day you bring them to your house is a big day! Because the Dog is scared, and you are too.

Therefore, do what you will do if you bring a new child into the house. Ease the Dog into it. Let them discover the house on their term while you just try and match the energy. In short, let the Dog take the lead when he is touring the home.

2.    Make Sure the Dog is Vaccinated

When bringing a dog home, you must ensure that they are up to date on their vaccinations. This is doubly essential if the dog is a rescue. Dogs who are in shelters are often behind on their vaccinations.

I once got a Poodle rescue from a great shelter; they gave you a vaccination card and the dog’s medical examination report at the time of adoption. Make sure to request both of these documents when adopting your new furry friend.

3.    Prepare a Dog-Bed

A Dog Bed is necessary for a dog to know, this is its space, and this is where it’s going to sleep. Otherwise, you will end up paying the price when the Dog just randomly comes in to snuggle into your bed. Sure it’s cute once or twice, but when it starts happening daily, it will mess up things for you.

So get a dog bed and start training your dog to sleep in his bed from the start. Just like you do with a new baby, how you gradually start putting him in his crib, give him/her favorites blankie, etc. You have to do the same with your Dog.

4.    Have a Designated Food Area For Your New Family Member

Just like us humans, dogs also need a designated food area. This will help them understand where they will get their food. There are a lot of Dog food gadgets available today now to, so if you are at work, you can use your phone or automatic scheduling options to give your dog food while you are out at work or on a date.

5.    Always Stay Calm

One thing to keep in mind is in a new relationship with a dog, and you are the one who has to stay calm and peaceful. The Dog might be scared and freaking out; this is the time you step up and help the Dog stay calm. You can read a few books on it or maybe just google it. It is all there on the internet anyways.

Dogs can sometimes be unpredictable; this means that they will be cautious of their new owner as well. So whether you get a doodle for yourself or a pitbull, you need to make sure that on the initial day of adoption and in your house, you don’t make any sudden movements with them.

Especially if you are not getting a puppy but a middle-aged dog, you don’t know what their history is or what scares them. So give them and yourself some time, so you both can understand each other.

6.    Prepare To Take Your Dog Out For Long Walks

While you are at work, your dog is at home just doing dog things. So one thing you can do is get a caretaker for your Dog, or you can designate some time for your Dog and take them out for a walk.

You probably already know that playing fetch is one of the Dog’s favorite games. The main point here is that you have to spend some time with your Dog. You might take them swimming or just in the park and let them socialize in their way.

7.    Make Sure Other Family Members Accept Your Dog As You Do

If you have a big family, let us say 5 kids, a cat, and a couple, that is a lot for your Dog. So, in that case, when you bring in a dog into your family, firstly, make sure all family members are on board with this new member and make sure the dog feels comfortable with all of them as well.

8.    Train Your Dog

Training your Dog is the most important and difficult thing that you can imagine. So either get a professional dog trainer or if you know what you are doing, then go ahead.

Now You Are Ready to Bring In Your New Dog!

We hope the steps we mentioned above will help your Dog assimilate and accept your new home. Give your Dog the tour of the home, be patient and calm with them, give your Dog some time and take them out for a walk. Don’t make any sudden movements when you are with the Dog; train your Dog well, have a designated food and sleep area as well.

And Viola! You are ready to bring on your new dog to your home!

Author Bio: 
Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Dynamologic Solutions.



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