Adopting a new dog can be one of the greatest things you ever do. Not only can you make a difference in a dog’s life by adopting rather than shopping, but you can also bring a newfound joy to your family and a unique bond like nothing else. However, the transition may not always be easy. There are all sorts of reasons why a dog may be up for adoption. 

For example, animals who have endured extreme abuse may require more special care and forethought than others. In less extreme cases, perhaps the previous owner moved into an assisted living facility and can no longer take care of their pet. To help ensure that you have a smooth transition, here are some of the best tips for welcoming your new dog to your family.

Prepare Your House

If this is your first dog, then it’s important that you know how much your home is about to change. There will be hair in places you never imagined, and sometimes you may find the odor of your house significantly changes. 

If this seems like something you can handle, then you’re on the right track. If you can’t handle dirty paw prints and dog hair every now and then, then a dog is probably not the best choice for you and your family. 

Make sure that your home is dog-friendly by removing any toxic or harmful items that they could get into. For example, certain poisons or cleaning products should be kept high and out of reach. You’ll also want to make sure that your dog has their very own space within the home. Perhaps it could be a corner of your living room that’s dedicated to their bed and toys. Creating their environment is critical for making your home feel inviting.

Create a Routine

Just like kids, dogs thrive on routine.  You can create a sense of security and structure by creating a daily routine for your dog. Examples of routine could be going for a walk at the same time every day, and feeding them on a schedule. Consistency is helpful for helping your dog adjust more quickly.

Be Patient

As excited as you may be about your dog fitting into your family and becoming one of you, it may take some time.  Remember, it will take plenty of patience, and a gradual effort to get where you need to be. If you have other pets at home, it can be especially challenging to get everyone to adjust. Rest assured that with enough compassion, positive reinforcement, and a little bit of patience, eventually, your new adopted dog will be happy and comfortable in their new living space.

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