Welcoming an adopted dog as a new family member

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Before you bring the dog home

Assess your lifestyle and everyday routines to decide what type of dog would be a good match for your life and family. Active owners often opt in for active dogs while people who are older or less active go for their four-legged match to be a calmer, even older in age, dog. Your newly adopted pooch may or may not have some level of obedience training and it is also very possible that something that happened to them has triggered certain behavioral issues. Therefore, before you ever think of taking your dog camping, it’s vital that you dedicate the time to train and socialize your furry companion so he can adapt to the new living environment.

How to find one?

Shelter or animal rescue adopted dogs can make wonderful pets. Dog adoption offers a deserving pet a warm and safe home rather than the likelihood of suffering forever alone in a shelter or even being euthanized. Regardless of the reason how they ended up in the shelter, they can become happy, well-adjusted family members with a little time, persistence and training. We reached out to an expert in dog trainer in Derby for a few pointers when bringing home your new furry friend.

He is finally home. What to do now?

Be patient.  Adjustment takes some time – It will take from several hours, to a couple or even several weeks for a dog to fully adjust to his new surroundings. So be sure to do everything in your power to make your new dog feel safe, loved, taken care of and comfortable.

Learn as much as possible about the dog’s history ahead of time – Find out more info whether it has been around children, other pets, open grounds etc. Just because it is a beautiful Golden Retriever does not mean it has been running and playing fetch in open fields. Be patient while it adjusts, but also try to promote consistency and predictability in the new environment.

Set boundaries – Avoid coddling it for the first week or so to try to make up for the period in the shelter, because it will be much harder to train it to stop certain unwanted behaviors later.

Get on a schedule – You dictate the rules – Dogs adore routines. By introducing and insisting on a routine when it comes to time to feed, walk, play, and sleep, you will provide the wanted stability for your dog.

Assume it has no training – Your best bet is to expect that your dog knows nothing. Positive reinforcement behavior training is an excellent idea for rewarding good behavior and ignoring undesired behavior.

Problems and proofing behavior – Many dogs are just not ready for a formal obedience class as soon as they enter your life so take it at a pace that your pooch is comfortable with.

Common mistakes – The most common mistakes new pet owners make with rescue dogs are in assuming the dog’s past more or less than they should.

The best thing about rescued dogs – showing unrivaled love, loyalty and devotion for the rest of his life with you.