Welboming a new dog at home. How to safely enter the dog family member?
The arrival of a new dog in the house is associated with joy, excitement, and sometimes the fear of how best to introduce the animal so that it quickly acclimatizes to the new place. Regardless of whether we look after a puppy or an adult dog, buy a dog from a kennel or adopt a dog from a shelter, you should think carefully about this decision and consider how the presence of the animal will affect our current life.
We need to answer questions such as whether we will find time every day to take care of the dog, take it for a walk or train. Will we finance the veterinary treatment of the dog and subsequent care for the senior dog? What will our leaves look like - will we take the dog with us or organize care for him? Are we ready for many unknowns - surprises and sometimes also disappointments, because caring for a dog can be difficult in many respects.
If we consciously decide that we are ready for the first dog to come to live with us, it remains to plan the moment of introducing the dog to our house. It is a difficult moment for the animal because the surrounding environment changes, everything is unknown and, additionally, it does not know its new owners yet. It is very important to especially take care of the dog's sense of security in these first moments in the new home.
What to do to make your dog feel good in a new place?
It is good to prepare a special place for the dog in the house, e.g. a bed, situated in a quiet place in the apartment. There should also be toys in the house that the dog has access to, even if he doesn't want to play with them at first. At the very beginning, we choose a place where the new dog will eat and drink in the house. It is very important that the dog is not disturbed while eating. Feeling safe when your pet eats or drinks helps your dog feel comfortable in his new home.
How to make a dog play at home?
A dog kennel can be helpful when your dog is home alone, and we want to make sure that it will be safe during this time. The kennel is limited by, for example, fences, a space in the house where the dog can move freely, play and sleep, and where he has access to water. It is safe there, but it also has limited access to stimuli that stimulate it, which can effectively help, especially young dogs, calm down and fall asleep. In the case of a small puppy, he may also want to defecate in the playpen, so it is worth making sure that he has such an opportunity, especially if he stays in it longer and in the absence of the guardian.
The use of a playpen with a puppy is only a temporary tool that helps us to ensure the safety of the dog, teach it the rules of the house, implement it in the rhythm of the new family's life and take care of his healthy and very valuable sleep and rest.
Staying alone is the basis of training your dog at home. The house should be a resting place for the dog. It is better to offer your dog outdoors during walks. Of course, we can work with the dog at home, but let the training sessions be very short and not stimulate the dog. It is better to focus your efforts on learning to rest calmly than to build your dog's eternal expectation of play and interaction. Dog games at home should calm the dog down rather than raise its emotional level. It's good to offer your dog chews, olfactory games or even to practice the basics of obedience, rather than initiate ball chasing or intense jerking.
How to teach the dog to stay home?
The ability to stay home alone is essential in training your dog. We start by building the dog's sense of security in the new home, and then we start to accustom him to even a short stay alone, first in a separate room or other room at home, and then in the absence of the guardian. We strive to make the dog understand that the temporary absence of a guardian is not traumatic and that this condition is temporary and the animal can simply rest during this time. We can offer your dog a teether or safe chewing toys, which will help your pet calm down and fall asleep.
Patience, forbearance, and an open mind are the most important things when bringing your dog home. It is worth being ready to meet a behaviorist who will answer all questions bothering us and help us understand the dog's behavior. The behaviorist will also help prevent possible problems - training is then simpler, more effective, and becomes a real pleasure.