Dogs contribute half of all the pets adopted every year by over 90.5 million households within the United States. The statistics are according to APPA and add that the numbers might increase in the recent years. With such a number of families adopting dogs, there is a call to create awareness on how to best bring in a new dog home. How you introduce your new dog signal greatly about its new environment.

8 Essential Steps To Bringing A New Dog Into The Home

Find the Supplies

Ensure you have the necessities ready before actually bringing the pet. Thus, you will have to be financially stable and prepared before bringing the new pet. Some of the essentials you can focus on include a bed, bowls, and straps. Additionally, you need to have the food ready, especially if you don’t have a similar pet. However, consult your vet or breeder when purchasing food for the pet.  

You can purchase the necessities locally or online as they are easily available. A new dog should have its essentials and should never share with the resident pet. Dogs are incredibly jealous, and this may be a trigger for fights.

Prepare its home

Ensure that you prepare your new dog’s resting place. First, you need to choose a comfortable area with fewer movements. New dogs will possibly be confused at first, and therefore, choosing a location with frequent movements may scare them. Introductions should be calm and relaxed rather than sudden movements that trigger fights. 

You should choose where it will be sleeping, peeing, and the feeding area. The dog might have some resistance and may even pee within the house at first. However, once it is comfortable with the environment, it will determine the area. You can have toys around that it can play with to reduce stress.

Bring it Home

With the supplies home and ready, you need to bring the dog. You can have a friend accompany you during pick up. However, you can simply leash the dog or cage it. Also, some breeders offer to deliver services making it more effective. Teach the dog some manners from the word go. When you arrive at the house, don’t let it enter with you first. Instead, ask the pet to sit at the door and then you enter and invite it in.

Tour the House

You and the new pet are inside the house. Keep the dog under control using the leash, especially if you have other pets within the home. Take the dog for a tour checking every room in the house. You should be the lead explaining every detail from room to room. Understand that the dog may be scared and confused and thus, handle it as you would to a kid.

Let the pet sniff around the house because that’s the only way he can mark a room. Let it discover every room on your tour. Do not tour the rooms that you wouldn’t love it roaming in, such as your bedroom. Develop a sense of consistency by leading and letting it follow.

house tour

Introduce Other Pets

Do you have other pets within the house? Well, you will need to introduce the new member to them too. When introducing the other pets, choose a neutral setting for the meet-up. Pets are extremely territorial, and therefore, they may fight if you introduce them to the feeding areas. Other spaces that may be a bad idea to introduce your new pet include sleeping and playing areas.

One of the best places to introduce your pet to other resident pets is in the sitting room or home compound. Keep the first introduction sessions short and thorough to avoid building up tension. The time it takes for the pets to move along may vary, so patience is key.

Introduce Your Family

It’s time to meet the other family members. Your dog has possibly met some family members unofficially, but it’s time to introduce them. Mention their names and have them touch the dog a little bit. However, they should not touch it if the dog still shows signs of stress. If the dog becomes too stressed, it might reiterate by being aggressive.

Introducing family is key as you will not be around all the time. You might need to go to work. They won’t be bored when they have a buddy to interact with, especially if they’ve met before. You can also play with the pet together as a family to create a bond between you all.

Remain Calm

Once the introductions are over, it is time to exude calm-assertive energy. Completely ignore the dog’s presence in the house but ensure its feed up and its thirst quenched. Only show some concerns when the pet comes close to you. By ignoring the dog, you give it a chance to feel at home. Let it observe how the rules of the house work and find comfort. Eventually, the dog will find its way through and relieve all the possible stress.

The dog might make some mistakes, including peeing in the house. Do not respond aggressively but rather do potty training. Eventually, it will figure out the environment, feel safe and play by your rules.

Create a Routine

When everything is set, create a routine for your dog. Draft a schedule for eating, playing, training, rain, and walking. You can consult the vet about feeds and sleep to ensure it works for the dog. Creating time so that you can play or engage your dog is paramount. Statistics show that 78% of dog owners agree that they should walk their dogs twice a day. However, only 30-70% of dog owners walk their dogs. 

Balancing training, resting and playing is vital and could save you and your dog from health problems. Dogs that over rest often become obese and have a short lifetime. The right training may vary with the dog’s breed, but generally, a walk is a good start.

Conclusion

Bringing a new dog home and following the above steps should make the process effortless. From preparing the supplies to creating a routine, you need to practice absolute patience for your dog. Additionally, you need to take care of it and ensure it eats healthy food. Eating unapproved feeds and products like eggshells may harm our dog’s health. Be consistent, and eventually, the dog will adapt and conform to the new environment.