Friday, October 4, 2013

Getting Your New Dog

It is National Adopt a Dog Month and to celebrate we are making sure that you are prepared to bring your new dog home. Whether you just adopted a dog or went to a breeder, it is important to make sure you are prepared to bring your new pooch home.

Remember that getting a new dog isn’t a spur of the moment decision. You should seriously consider you time and ability to care for a pet before you make the commitment.  First it is important to find the correct dog that suits your needs (not just your wants!), and take into consideration your activity level as well as your living condition or lifestyle. For example, even though you may want a large dog, your apartment may be best suited for a small dog. Make sure you look at what you can provide the dog and not only what you want in a dog. Also consider the differences between getting a puppy and getting an adult dog. Getting a puppy can be vastly different than getting an adult dog. Do you research and find what size, breed and age of dog would best suit your needs.

Knowing what to expect on your dog’s first day home is critical. Remember that your dog is likely going to be stressed on their first day home, they are experiencing a new situation and it’s important to make them as comfortable as possible. Get them on a set routine as soon as possible, including a set feeding schedule and a set potty schedule. This will help them better adjust to their new lifestyle as well as help prevent accidents. Keeping the schedule consistent will ease the adjustment period for both you and your new dog. 

It can take weeks for your dog to become comfortable in their new environment and for their true personality to show. It is an adjustment for both you and your dog. The first few weeks can be stressful and you may feel as if you are in over your head. Remember that there is help out there! 

Morris K9 Campus has started a new class called “Canine Rescues and Remedies: Living Happily Ever After with Your New Dog.  This class is focused on the main reasons why dogs and humans have a hard time adjusting to their new lives. The class is a non judgment zone to come in and talk about the issues you are experiencing with your new dog and get advice from our Pet Trainer. 

Always remember to give the situation time and don’t be afraid to seek help fr
om a professional. They are there to make the transition with a new dog as easy as possible for both you and your dog. A new dog can be stressful, but it also can be the most rewarding experience. Give it time and enjoy your new dog!

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