Bringing home a new dog is a wonderful moment in a family’s story. Dogs offer endless love, companionship, and fun, but if you want to build a good relationship with your new pet, you need to start on day one. Whether you adopted your dog from an animal rescue or purchased a puppy from a breeder, here’s how you can help him settle into his new home. Give Some Space It’s easy for a dog to get overwhelmed when brought to a new place with strange faces, sights, and smells. As tempting as it may be to shower your new pet with love during the first few days, it’s kinder to give him a little space. In fact, it’s a good strategy to effectively ignore a new rescue for the first few days, except for meals, trips outside, walks, and fun treats to enjoy. Before bringing your new dog home, set up a safe space in your house. This could be a crate or a room that you set up with food, water, a comfortable bed, and toys. A crate should be big enough for him to sit, stand, lay, and turn around in. If a dog isn’t crate-trained, a room like a laundry room or spare bedroom is a better choice.
Summer weather is one of the best times to get outside and be active with your furry friend. However, you should keep in mind that your pet reacts differently to heat than you do.