Adopting a dog? Follow these tips for make this new adventure easier for both you and your furry friend.
Getting a new dog is an exciting adventure and we want to help make the transition for both you and your adult dog easier. Prior to fully bringing your new dog home, it is best to meet with them at least once or twice for them to adapt to you and for you to see if you will be a good match. Further, it may be beneficial to bring other family members or pets for them to play together as well. On the final day of pick up, the new owner should play with the dog for a while and then leave with the pet to ease the transition. (Playing and treats helps the new dog feel secure and trust the owner more).
We recommend getting information from the owners about the type of food they used, if the pet was crated or confined when no one was home, etc,. to decrease confusion and trauma for your new pet.
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs are more anxious toward the end of the day, so it is best to get the dog early in the day. Once you are home, the food should remain the same for at least a couple of weeks since rehoming can be a traumatic experience for pets. Upon arrival, take the dog outside to relieve itself and then give it a tour of the house.
Dogs should slowly be introduced to family members, one person at a time or in smaller groups. Children should be always supervised with the dog, while the owners are figuring out their temperament and the pet is getting used to it new family. Pets may have some anxiety when you leave them, so we recommend leaving on a tv or radio to provide some noise for them and help ease their nerves. When you return, approach them calmly and pleasantly.
Adult dogs may take some time to adjust to their new environment, but it is our hope that if you follow these tips the transition will be much easier!