We all watch cute dog videos and pictures hoping to share the same kind of bond with our dogs, but there is no guarantee for that. Getting a new puppy is the beginning of a new relationship. Bonding with a dog is fun but also challenging. It requires a lot of hard work. Applying this effort can make a smooth transition to pet ownership and reduce your head and your dog for years to come.
Puppy-proof the house
When your puppy comes home, your house should look like you were expecting it. In addition to placing toys, handles, and other items for playing, be sure to carefully puppy-proof each accessible room. Protect electrical cords, hoses, lock electrical outlets, and carefully lock or secure any doors or drawers that could put your puppy in trouble.
Let your dog explore the house
Indoors are an easy way to get used to both the surroundings and the walking experience. It is a safe way to make sure you keep an eye on them as they explore the landscape and smell of their new home. Leash and collar can wait. It is necessary for your puppy to feel comfortable first.
Enjoy the Learning Process
You and your puppy can learn a lot about tying up and living together. The sooner you both accept the trial and error, the better. When setting and enforcing house rules, always remember patience and consistency.
Dog Meet-Ups With Friends & Family
The experience of bringing a puppy home and growing into a pet care professional is always best when shared with family and friends. Instead of constantly hanging out with your child, post some of your photos or videos to your social media accounts, or have a puppy show up with a live stream or video chat to let your friends say hello.
Be Fully Available For Your Dog
When it comes to tying your dog, it is important to make a real commitment. Try not to let your phone distract you during travel or download games. Your dog needs to know that it fully cares for you and that it can rely on you to meet its needs.
Learn to Read Your Dog
You and your dog can’t talk to each other, but that doesn’t mean you can’t communicate. As you spend time together, be sure to watch your dog closely to begin learning their body language. They will provide general indications of how they feel that can guide you in training and integration.
Try New Routines Together
New experiences can surpass a small dog. To alleviate the stress and increase the housing study process, set routes early and often. Best of all, teach your dog to integrate these routes (and proper behavior) with good reinforcement. Some extra love or training treatments can help gain trust with your dog while encouraging bad habits such as dragging the leash during a walk or getting out of the house.
New puppy owners should rely on their interruption to sleep for a while after bringing their dog home. However, night bath breaks are much easier when dogs and their owners share a bedroom. Depending on the size of your heart and the soft spot, you may choose to put them on the side of the bed or buy a puppy the size of a puppy with an exercise pen. Regardless of the method used, the approach achieves a dual purpose.
Use Food And Treats
Dogs in a state of extreme panic or fear may not eat. Don’t worry, you’ll eat at the end. If you have a rescue dog who is shy or afraid to come to you, play a small game with your favorite food… start by sitting as close to the side as possible with your dog without fear. Throw a few treats in his direction, if he continues to eat them, throw a few more. Slowly he gets up and walks away. Repeat this and slowly approach your dog until he is comfortable approaching you without fear. Don’t rush this, take multiple breaks for hours, days, weeks, no matter how long it takes for your dog to relax.
Apply the Lessons You Have Learned
As much as you may gather, building trust, bonding a new dog takes time and effort. Do not be discouraged if you are both facing problems. With patience and persistence, your bond will grow as you spend more time together.
Lastly, be patient. All dogs are different. Remember your dog is going through a lot being in a new environment among new people. It is important to stay strong and supportive. Eventually, it will realize that you are safe and there to protect and love it.