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Helping a New Dog Adjust to Living With You

So, you’ve brought your new dog home. Congratulations! Whether you’ve adopted an adult dog or a puppy, there’s going to be an adjustment period as they learn the ropes of living in your home. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful time for either of you. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at a few tips to help them—and you—settle in and get comfortable.

Helping a New Dog Adjust to Living With You

Why is it Essential to Help Your New Dog Adjust

Remember that your new dog will be in a strange place with unfamiliar people, sights, and smells.

They may be feeling scared and insecure, so it’s important to be patient and give them time to settle in.

This gives you time to show them the rules of the house and help them to get acquainted.

You’ll also be able to get them to socialize and interact—particularly if they aren’t used to that.

But just remember, it can take an army.

You don’t have to go it alone and struggle if you’re not sure what to do.

Professional services from dog behaviorists to a Pooper Scooper service can help you both adjust and keep your home and life as it should be.

Now let’s consider some key points that can help.

Golden Labrador on leash

Give Them Time to Explore Their New Surroundings

When you first bring your new dog home, give them time to explore their new surroundings—but do it on your terms.

If you have an enclosed yard, let them out into the yard on a leash so they can sniff around and get familiar with the area.

If you don’t have a yard, take them for walks around the block so they can explore at a controlled pace.

Establish Ground Rules and Routines Early On

It’s important to establish ground rules and routines early on, so your new dog knows what is expected of them.

If you don’t want them on the furniture, make sure you’re consistent about not letting them up.

The same goes for things like barking, jumping up on people, and chewing on items that are off-limits.

Establishing these rules from the beginning will make it easier for both of you in the long run.

Woman holding stick while training Labrador Retriever

Make Time for Training—and Patience is key!

Whether you’re potty training a puppy or teaching an adult dog basic commands, patience is key.

Dogs learn best through positive reinforcement, so make sure to praise them when they do something right.

At the same time, avoid punishing them when they make mistakes—this will only make them anxious and confused.

Be consistent with your commands and rewards, and remember that even older dogs can learn new tricks.

Golden Retriever and woman on a couch

A Happy Home for You Both

Bringing a new dog into your home is a big adjustment for both of you.

But by taking things slow, being consistent with rules and training, and making time for lots of cuddles, you’ll both be settling into a happy routine in no time.


Friday 9th of December 2022

so rewarding once they get settled and happy!


Monday 28th of November 2022

One of these days, I'll adopt another. Each individual adjusts - individually.

Debbie P

Sunday 27th of November 2022

Thanks for the excellent tips and info.

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