After Dog Adoption

After Dog Adoption

First of all, don't expect too much from your new dog at the beginning. He or she may have been wandering on her own or kenneled for a while and will need a period of adjustment to get used to you and the new environment. Be prepared to be patient and forgiving.

Spend time in the same room as your new dog. Sit on the floor and read a book for example, and let him or her slowly come to you over time. Although you'll be tempted to pet and kiss your new dog to show your affection, don't get in your dog's face. Give it time.

Speak in soft, kind, gentle tones that instill trust.

Show your new dog the door to the outside and consistently let him or her out that door. Don't confuse the issue with too many exits.

Take a week or two before inviting family and friends to your house to see your new pet. First make sure the dog is comfortable and secure in the new surroundings. Make sure he or she feels the home belongs to the two of you before inviting others in.

Dogs like routine. They want to eat at the same time each day, sleep when you're away, and spend time with you when you're home. If you work and won't be home during the day, don't spend the first week home with your new dog, 24 hours a day.

Introduce your new dog to other dogs in the household on neutral territory, away from your house. Keep both dogs leashed for control, until you are certain they will get along. Introduce the dog to a cat by keeping the cat protected in a cage and the dog on a leash. If the dog appears aggressive, you might use a nylon muzzle on her until she gets used to the cat. Don't leave the new dog alone with other pets when you leave the house.

Always closely supervise your new dog with children. Children's tones of voices and quick movements can unsettle a dog and most dog bites are inflicted on children because of this.

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