If you have decided to adopt a dog from a shelter or if you are considering it; you may have some setbacks at your fingertips. The truth is that a dog owned by the shelter may annoy you a little bit when you come to your new home.
When your dog comes home or walking down the street you will want to know how to treat other people and what you can do in response to this behavior . You will have to treat your dog with patience and lots of love.
Prepared for the arrival of your dog in the shelter of your dog
- The first thing you should do is your dog’s bed. Especially if is left in the cage for a certain period of time, it would be very happy to have a comfortable place to relax. You can buy her a bed or you can do it yourself. Remember that the bed is too big for your dog, it is better than very small.
- The second step is to obtain a water container for your dog with plenty of clean water and age-appropriate dog food . You will also need something or a toy your dog can chew. This step is very important, since some dogs may feel anxious and may want to gnaw something.
- A collar and a rope to be attached to a collar is of great importance. You will also need bags to pick up the poop when you go for a walk with your new friend. Remember that shelters often suffer financially. Therefore, it will be great to provide everything you need for your dog from the shelter.
- There is also the possibility of being very dirty when you come home. You should keep the shampoo and, if possible, a bath brush ready in case you encounter such a situation. You can also check out how they bathe your dog by going to special care places where dogs are bathed. Then you can bathe your dog as they do at home.
- Make your home a safe place. For example, make sure that you do not leave any plants, flowers, or garbage that can be toxic to dogs, and that the litter box is out of reach of your dog. Eliminate whatever you don’t want your dog to eat. Limit the location of guests coming to your home. So your dog will not feel uncomfortable.
- It would also be a great idea to learn more about your dog. For example, it will be an advantage for you to know the answers to questions such as what has happened in the past, the fear of the veterinarian, how to get along with other dogs. Your dog’s habits, character traits, etc. it will help you a lot.
The First Day of Your Dog in Your Home
- When you own a dog from a shelter , it is recommended that you take a long walk with him on the way home. Not only will you get him to go to the bathroom and you will be tired of him. This will keep your dog more calm at home, and if he tries to pee, he will only do it in a small amount.
- As soon as you enter the house with your new dog, unwrap the collar and let it smell all over the house or at least the part you would like your dog to recognize . For now, avoid getting your dog into the kitchen; because the kitchen is generally not a safe area for pets. They’re usually more excited there.
- It is quite normal for your dog to want to leave its mark on its territory by peeing in some corners. It is even more normal, especially if there were other dogs in the area before.
Hyperactivity in dogs owned by the shelter
- The early days can be a bit stressful for a dog owned by a shelter and also for its owner. Take your dog out at least four times a day to help control your dog’s energy and prevent him from peeing at home or other inappropriate places. The total walking time during the day should exceed 90 minutes. To reduce your dog’s stress, it’s a good idea to tire him out a bit; because the adoption of new dogs is often common. In addition, feeling tired will allow him to fall asleep easily in his new home.
- Do not force your dog to communicate with other dogs or people or to sleep in certain places. Be careful not to do anything that might upset him. Try to guide your dog by using verbal communication, hand gestures and rewards for him to listen to you.
Dogs are routinely oriented animals and they love a certain order. Set a timetable for walks and meals. So your dog will get used to this order and feel comfortable. We may think that all this is trivial; but the truth is that this is one of the most effective ways to help your new furry friend get used to your home.
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