There’s nothing better than moving into a brand-new home, especially if you’ve just purchased it yourself. It is so difficult to buy a new home and to be able to achieve something like that is nothing short of a big tick on the bucket list. You may be getting ready for moving day and while doing it, hear all the old wives’ tales of ‘new house, new baby’.
If you aren’t quite ready for a baby yet, you may instead change it up a little and get your first pet for your new home. Bringing a new dog into the family is never easy, but it’s done so often there are guides and articles and advice all over the place to help you adjust to your new pet. Before you adopt a dog and bring it home, you have to do some research on the breed of dog you want to adopt and how they will fit with your family. You’ll also need to research food, dog beds and the best dog treats around so you can train your dog properly. Add in looking at vets and their fees and you’ve a lot of information in front of you. When you finally go and pick up your dog, you need to follow some steps to help your dog settle in. We’ve put a short guide together for you so that you can help your whole family adjust to the new addition to the family.
- Keep Your Cool. It’s an exciting time, picking up a new dog. You may be tempted to lavish the love and be excited when you say hello to your new pet. However, keeping calm is essential. Accept the dog into your home and let her have the space to explore and find their own feet. The change from a familiar place to a foreign one is hard for a pet.
- Go For A Walk. That first walk on the leash is a voyage of discovery for a dog. They’ll sniff out the local neighborhood and has two purposes. The first is to help the dog dispense of their energy from all the excitement and nervousness of changing homes, the second is that they need to get used to the area and all the smells it brings. It will help them settle to know that their new surroundings are the new familiar.
- Calm Introductions. When you get back from your long walk around the local area, you should have the dog sit at the front door still on the leash. Introduce them to the house they will be living in by walking through the threshold first, demonstrating that you are the one in charge.
- Take A Tour. When you get inside, go from room to room, but do it on the leash. Show your new pet the feeding area, the sleeping area and let them see their new surroundings by your side.
Your new dog needs introducing to your home in a calm manner and a way that shows you are still in charge. Enjoy your new family member!
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