Are you a proud new dog owner? Or, perhaps you want to adopt a dog and ensure it’ll feel comfortable in your home? Then you’ve come to the right place. This article goes over four key points we think you need to know when it comes to giving your new canine friend the best settling-in experience possible.
1. Have all the essential items ready
When bringing a new dog into your home, you have to plan. Start a checklist of essential items your dog will need, such as:
- a collar
- an identification tag
- a leash
- food and water bowls
- a bed
- dog food
These items can be found at most pet shops or on Amazon or Petco, for example. If you’re on a budget you can also consider DIY dog toys you can make from items in your house – like a plastic bottle tug toy or homemade squeaky toy.
2. Take time off
According to The Humane Society of the United States, it’s a good idea to bring your new canine friend to your household when you have time off work/school (such as over the weekend or on a bank holiday). This is so that your new dog can get be around you, get used to your scent and let them come out of their shell – the two of you can forge a strong bond off the bat.
If the dog feels happy around you then it’ll also feel happy in its environment. That’s a simple fact.
I can’t stress this enough, but dogs (much like many humans) thrive when they have a routine. What does this mean? Try to feed them at the same time every day. Take them for daily walks (once they have all their jabs of course). Spend some time playing with your dog – fetch is a good idea.
4. Ensure your pet is healthy
According to the American Kennel Club, it’s vital to make sure your dog’s properly vaccinated against diseases. Go to a vet immediately and ask them about a vaccination plan for your dog. If you’re adopting an adult dog, be sure to ask the adoption agency for all the medical/vaccination records.
All in all, it’s a wonderful experience bringing a new furry friend into your home. But it’s important to remember that just like any animal, they need to feel safe, healthy and happy. This can be easily achieved by following the four points listed above. And, if you ever have any doubts, just consult your vet. They should be more than happy to help.