7 Ways to Help a New Dog Adjust to Your Household

Familiarize Them with the Space

One of the biggest things you can do is to familiarize your dog with the space. You want them to feel safe, so it’s important that they know where their food, water and treats are. They’ll also need to figure out where the bed and toys are. Of course, they’ll want to know where the door is so they can go outside. And if you’re training them to use a litter box or go potty outside in a specific area, make sure they know how to get there too!

Now that we’ve discussed some of the ways you can help your new dog adjust to your household, let’s focus on why pet ownership comes with all these perks

Start Training Right Away

We had no idea how difficult and important training would be for this family’s new pup, Diesel. Since he was a young puppy, we knew we needed to start training him right away so that he could learn some basic manners. We also knew that if we didn’t set him up for success from the beginning, things could become very messy very quickly.

We don’t have any formal training experience—we’re not dog-snobs or anything—but we do know that some dogs can be trained easier than others, depending on their personalities and what motivates them. Some dogs thrive when they’re constantly rewarded with treats; others need a firm set of rules laid out before they will obey you (we recommend looking up “positive punishment” at your local library). So in order to make sure that Diesel would learn the right way to behave, we made sure the first steps were rewarding for him instead of punishing.

Find a Vet ASAP

From the moment your dog joins your household, you need to find a local veterinarian that you trust. Ideally, you’ll have done this before even bringing your dog home. Once you have a vet, be sure to book an appointment for a health checkup within 48 hours of picking up your new dog. This will give the vet a chance to look for anything out of the ordinary and provide any necessary treatment.

Additionally, it is also highly advisable to get pet insurance as soon as possible so that if your dog gets sick or injured in these first few days after joining your family they can get treated ASAP without worrying about costs. Also make sure that you do research on vets in advance and that they are known to be good with dogs and don’t let them handle dogs roughly or use fear-based techniques with them.

Get to Know Their Needs

Once you’ve made the decision to welcome a new dog into your life, it’s time to do your research. If you are getting a rescue dog, try asking their foster family for information about what the dog likes and doesn’t like. This can help ensure that their transition into their new home will be a smooth one.

If you’re getting a puppy from a breeder, ask them questions about how they were raised. Some important questions might include:

  • What type of food does the puppy eat? While it may be convenient for you to just feed them whatever food you have lying around, this could upset their stomachs and cause diarrhea or other problems. It also helps to know if they have dietary restrictions such as allergies or sensitivities before you introduce them to any treats or snacks that could cause vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Where did they sleep at night? Some puppies sleep in crates while others prefer blankets right next to their owners’ beds—but no matter what type of sleeping arrangement works best for your pup, make sure they have somewhere comfortable where they feel safe before bringing home any new dogs!
  • Do they need collars? If so, keep in mind that some dogs only need harnesses while others require both harnesses and collars (e..g., huskies). Of course, some breeds don’t need either at all; both of these factors will affect how easy it is for your pup when transitioning into his/her forever home!

Set Their Toys and Bedding up Before They Arrive

Take into account the size and breed of the dog when buying toys and bedding. A large toy or a small bed won’t be of much use to your new canine friend. The best toys are those that don’t fall apart within days, so make sure you buy items that are durable enough to withstand chewing. In terms of bedding, a soft blanket or cushion will do the trick, but if you want your dog to have the best sleep possible then splurge on a high-quality doggy bed.

Don’t forget to pick up a collar for your dog before you bring them home for the first time. Even if you plan on taking them out only with a leash, it’s still important for them to wear some form of identification in case they get lost or escape from your house/yard. And while we’re at it: no matter how big and strong they look now, all dogs need some sort of restraint when they go outside! No one wants their beloved pet running into traffic because there was no leash available when needed most urgently; this situation could easily turn fatal in just seconds without proper precautions taken beforehand.”

Also buy a brush for their fur.”

Some people like having crates for their dogs (even though many vets will say that crates are cruel). If you’re one of these people who thinks crates would be helpful for training purposes or other reasons then make sure to purchase an appropriately sized crate as well as any necessary accoutrements like blankets or pillows.”

Let Them Approach You on Their Terms

If you recently adopted a dog, congratulations! This new addition is going to bring a lot of joy into your life. You shouldn’t be surprised if they are shy or nervous at first, though. They might have been abused in the past, and it will take time for them to develop trust with you as their owner.

One thing you should absolutely not do is try and force your dog to immediately be friendly with you. Comfort them in whatever ways they are comfortable being comforted: let them approach you on their terms, give them the space they need, offer treats if that’s all they want from you, etc. And remember: no matter how frustrating it may be at times, this process will pay off when you have built up a loving relationship with your dog that goes both ways!

Take Your Time

The first day or two should be spent giving the dog time to get used to her new environment and routine. Don’t rush her, and don’t ask too much of her. Let the dog take the lead; if she wants to go out for a walk, play with toys, or explore the house, let her know you’re interested in doing those things as well!

Of course, it will be necessary for you to help your new dog learn some basic skills like housetraining and good manners, but wait until she has settled in before starting any formal training sessions. Slowly introducing training commands is a great way for both of you to bond and learn about each other.

Give your dog time to get used to his or her new environment.

As we’ve said, a dog can definitely experience shock when moving into a new home, especially if the home is not where they were born. So give your dog time and space to explore their new environment and learn about how much space they have to move around in. Let them roam around freely and let them decide when they are ready to interact with you and your family. If you have children, explain this to them so they don’t overwhelm the dog with attention. Reward good behavior with treats but don’t force your affection on the dog before he or she is ready for it.

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