So you’ve recently invited a new member into your family home and would like to know the best ways to ensure that your little puppy or dog makes the transition as comfortably as possible; for yourselves & your furry friend.
Both age & personality of your new family-member will greatly determine the best means of introducing them to their new living environment, as you would expect a younger, livelier puppy is likely to feel less cautious & more open to making a place home, by comparison to a senior dog, that has perhaps lived in a single home for the majority of its life. But that doesn’t go to say that there is complete truth in the saying, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’, so don’t despair. Here are some little tips & handy products to help you with this new venture.
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Tip One: Create a calm environment
As with many things in life first impressions can have a lasting effect, both in a positive & negative way. With this in mind, it is important to ensure that your new friend is introduced to their living space in a calm and if at all possible quiet means. To do this avoid having excessive/unnecessary loud noises, with frequent household examples being loud music, noisy kitchen appliances, and the item that brings fear to just about every pooch on the planet, the dreaded vacuum cleaner. So never underestimate the effectiveness of simply turning down the tunes slightly to help your pet feel more comfortable. Don’t worry as this is just a temporary phase while your dog gets settled, and you’ll be dancing in the lounge playing loud music and vacuuming in no time.
Tip Two: Be Patient & Warm
Animals, especially so for dogs, are highly intuitive and capable of detecting an individual's emotional state, this fact coupled with their amazing loyalty is one of the reasons our furry friends have earned the title of ‘man’s best friend’. You can see more great examples of dogs' enhanced ability to detect human emotions & signals is the reason dogs are often trained as emotional support & seeing-eye service pets.
This means that actions such as speaking in a soothing, calming tone coupled with gently handling your dog and/or puppy can greatly increase the rate at which your pet feels at home.
Tip Three: Routine, routine, routine
Being consistent with how you treat your dog will greatly improve the speed in which it becomes more settled in its new environment, where older dogs may be a bit more difficult as they have likely already established certain habits/routines, not unlike us humans do, a younger dog will be more open to guidance & establishing boundaries. A very useful and highly reliable additional piece of reading that touches on such elements can be found on the RSPCA website.
Tip Four: Products
There are a number of strategies to assisting with the transition is to get your dog/puppy familiar with being confined to smaller spaces.
One great example of this is the common practice by which owners put their pets into a dog carrier/cage in the evening to help your pet feel more secure. Other reasons may be to avoid any damage being caused when they leave the house unattended for those more mischievous pooches.
There is a vast range of online stores that offer products that can help train your dog to have a happy more comfortable indoor life; such as dog carriers, toys & even a range of oils, supplements & treats designed to reduce anxiety, a great source reviewing said products can be found here ‘The Best Dog Anxiety Medications’.
Hopefully, these tips will help guide you through the process of welcoming your new beloved family member. Although it may take some time for your dog to make the full transition there is no reason why you can’t have fun, in fact, it is encouraged that you do so. Simple socialization can when interacting with other dogs in a safe environment or surrounding your pet with older friends who are more likely to not be overbearing when interacting with your dog will help too.
Finally, good luck & congratulations on your new fluffy friend!