Everything is brand new to them, and it can be overwhelming. They’ll be looking to you for guidance, so here’s what you can do help your dog settle in their forever home.
When you first arrive home, take your dog to the garden or exercise area and allow them to relieve themselves. After you’re sure they’ve done this, praise your dog so they understand this is an acceptable place to go to the toilet.
When the dog first comes home, the trust bucket is empty. As your relationship grows and he feels safe, the trust bucket fills up. For activities like teeth cleaning, bathing, and grooming, it’s better to wait until he’s settled and your relationships are established. Friends and extended family will be keen to meet your new dog. However, the best approach is to wait until he or she feels relaxed and settled before they meet your visitors.
Take some time off work to help your dog settle.
Help them to feel safe and secure when home alone
Even if you don’t need to leave your dog very often, it’s good to help them feel safe and comfortable when they are alone. When paired with a positive experience like a taste chew, baby gates can be great for helping establish positive emotions when being separated from you. This can be the first steps towards your dog being content when left home alone.
Using tasty treats and chews, try popping them behind the baby gate to get your new dog used to being alone in a room. Providing they are happy, gradually build up the time you leave them alone in the room. Always ensure they have a chew with them to keep them occupied. Teaching your dog to be comfortable alone will allow them to relax when you leave the house. For more information on leaving your dog at home alone, head here.