Introducing a new dog into your home.

Introducing a new dog into your home

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When it comes to getting a new dog, you need to think of the basic needs of having a dog. In one of the blogs, we talked about finding the right dog for you and your family. (newleashdogrescue.com/finding-the-perfect-dog-for-you/) Now that you have found the right dog now and ready to bring him home it’s time to prepare.

 

1.       Gathering Supplies

Some things your going to need for a dog is Food and water as well with sperate bowls for these. New bed, collar, leash, and a dog kennel. If you have another dog at the home already you should get a separate bed for the new dog and bowls, so they don’t get mad when the other dog is using their own personal items.

2.       Potty training

When it comes to potty training you may want to invest in puppy pads. These pads here will absorb all the moisture, so you don’t have to clean up or have it stain the floor. Another thing you may want to consider is finding a specific area for your dog to go potty outside. When they get in the habit of a specific area to relieve themselves they will get in the habit and know when they are over there, its time to go potty.

3.       Kennels

Your new dog will need a space where he feels safe. Setting aside one room that contains his kennel, food, water, and a comfortable area to lay down.

4.       Dog outdoor activities

Walking the dog is a thing that most new pet owners will know about but doing more than just walks outside is vital into keeping the dog happy. One thing you can do is go to a dog park and let your dog meet new dogs and become comfortable with new dogs.

Man walking his pet dog

5.       Letting your dog explore the home

This part here is crucial. When you get a new dog and bring them home, the first thing you want to do is let them have full range of the house. Wrong, what you want to do is guide the dog through each room for about 20 mins, this way they can get used to their new surroundings. If the dog seems overwhelmed limit them to one room for a day. One more important thing so to make sure they always have access to their kennel.

Letting your dog explore the home 1 room at a time for about 20mins.

6.       Rewarding the dog for good behavior

When the dog does something that you want to see him/her continue to reward them! By giving them a treat or even a bone you show and make it a constant thing, they will continue as they want another treat. Eventually, when they get in the habit of doing this activity you can stop giving treats and maybe just pet them if you want to stop giving treats.

7.       Ignore accidents for the first several days

Your new dog has been having accidents for the first couple of days. Whether this is potty or if you don’t want them on the furniture you need to train them and not discipline the new dog. By punishing them you will only make the confused and distress the new dog. Be sure to take them out to the toilet area often to help potty accidents.


Finding the perfect dog for you!

When it comes to finding the right dog, you must think if you can even handle a dog in your current situation. For instance; what home you have like an apartment, small home, or a large home. Then, do you have a yard or where is your home located like downtown or suburb or even rural. Secondly, it comes to people at home, how long will the dog be alone each week to even the average age group in your home. Then, even how active you are to how energetic your dog should be. All of these you really need to take into thought when it comes to finding the perfect dog.

 

Another thing to take into consideration is the type of dog. Are you looking for a small to large and even giant dog? How much you are willing to spend on the dog each week to keep them happy throughout the week. Another thing to consider is how often will your dog be groomed each week, whether this is once a week to 2-3 times a week.

 

https://www.akc.org/dog-breed-selector/

There are many quizzes that go over what dog is best for you. This site here I found to be the best as it has you select your lifestyle and your situation. A plus side is that it gives pictures unlike the others, so you can get a visual of what it is asking if you’re not to for sure.

 

Taking care of a dog takes a lot of time and effort but it’s a friendship that will last a lifetime.