Welcoming A New Furry Friend into Your Home
When a new dog joins the family is always an emotional experience. You are happy and excited, and most of the time these feelings can lead to mistakes.
One important thing to keep in mind is to slowly introduce your dog to his new house, rather than leaving him free to go wherever he wants. A very smart move would be to lead him first to the room where his food and water are, and then have a little tour of the other rooms. Make your Fido wait until you have gone through the door and invited him in. Another useful trick is to avoid rooms you do not want him to go to.
After the house tour, it is time for the new arrival to meet the other family members, one at a time! Let the dog be the one to approach, sniff and drive the interaction. Offering a little treat can help the dog: in this way he can associate family members with a positive thing.
Additionally, introduce your new pup to his toys, bedding, and other "safe places" like a kennel. Eventually, he will understand that he has toys that are his to chew and places that are his to retreat to when overwhelmed.
Last but not least, it is very important to leave enough time and enough space from the latest family addition during his first days. It's important not to overwhelm him or crowd him while he is adjusting to his new space. We understand that getting anew home is an exciting experience, but pets often don't can can be easily skittish and become scared.