Bringing home a new pet is perhaps one of the most exciting decisions you could make that will change your and your family’s life forever. However, whether you are adopting a puppy or bringing home an adult dog, you will have plenty of things to do to make sure the first month with your new family member goes smoothly and lays a good foundation for your relationship down the line. Therefore, before you even bring home your new pet, read on to learn some important things about the first 30 days of dog adoption.
Preparations before arrival
It is of the utmost importance that you have a designated place that will be the puppy’s, and that you dog-proof it well in advance. You should also dog-proof your yard and remove anything that might pose a danger. This is important for adult dogs too as the sudden change in the environment might confuse them. You should also, by all means, prepare a crate if you have the option as this can prove to be very useful in the future. Decide on the training method you will employ and get all the necessary dog supplies, such as toys, treats, dog food, a leash, etc.
Keep them safe
So once you have your dog, it is time for all the necessary protective measures. You should register your dog with your vet and consider getting dog insurance – that way, you won’t have to worry about money should your puppy need medical attention. Your dog will also need regular flea and worming treatments that your vet will be able to prescribe. In addition, you should also get your dog microchipped on their first vet visit so that they are safe and sound.
Establishing a routine
During the first month, you will also be establishing a routine for the puppy that will make both of your lives easier. Routines are important for dogs and, therefore, it is recommended to be consistent with rules, feeding, and walking times. When it comes to feeding times, in case of a puppy, you will have a bit more to think about, but for adult dogs, twice a day will do. Hopefully, you will also be able to walk your new furry friend every day, but before you head out into the unknown, make sure you equip their collar with some of the custom made pet tags with your information on it to stay on the safe side.
In case you already have a pet at home, you will also have to deal with introducing the two of them to each other peacefully. For the first 24 hours, it’s best to keep them separate to avoid unpleasant encounters. When it’s time to properly introduce them to each other, this is best done outside of the home, on neutral territory, while both pets are on a leash. Even if things seem to go well, make sure you don’t leave the two of them together without supervision for the first few weeks.
Training from day one
You start training your new dog the moment you take them home. It is recommended that you crate train your new dog so that they can be safe in their crate when you’re away. This is not only for your peace of mind, but this will establish the crate as your dog’s safe place that will give them peace of mind when they are anxious, too. When it comes to teaching the pup commands, make sure every member of the household is on the same page and uses the same words. Positive reinforcement is key, so have plenty of treats to reward good behavior
A dog’s first 30 days in a new place are crucial, both for puppies and for shelter dogs. You have to do your best to make sure the transition goes smoothly and that the pup feels safe in their new home. Well-established routines, safety measures and plenty of care and training from your side will allow you and your new family member to create a strong bond and trust each other for the rest of your lives.