Choosing the right dog can be a stressful experience, believe it or not. Sure, you know that the puppy you’ve had your eye on is cute, but will it fit in with your family? So many times, it’s definitely puppy love at first sight, but other times, it can take some time and some work to bond with your puppy after dog adoption. A pup may still be getting over a situation that led them to a dog rescue, or they could just be uncomfortable with new people. Whatever the case, sometimes you may have to work a little harder to bond with your new family member. Here are some ways to do that.
Choose The Right Dog
The work of bonding should start before your dog even comes into your home. Do some research into what kind of dog will work best for your lifestyle, and especially your energy level. Do you have kids? You’d better choose a dog that’s comfortable around kids as well, for instance. If you have several choices from the dog rescue, then you can sometimes get a sense for their temperament and energy level when you’re visiting. You can also ask a shelter employee or the dog rescue volunteer about the dog’s personality.
Training your dog isn’t just about getting them to listen to commands. It’s about spending time with your pooch so you can both get familiar with each other. Most likely, your dog will want to know what you want from him. Obedience training will help you communicate to your dog, and help your dog understand. Working together and practicing builds trust and companionship. There are many dog obedience schools in San Antonio and New Braunfels that help train new dog owners to train their new dogs.
When you first bring a pet home, you should plan for someone to be able to spend the days with your new pooch for a few days. Even if you bring a dog home on the weekend or a Friday night, two days isn’t enough for her to get acclimated to a new life and a new routine. Take some days off of work after the dog adoption, and spend those days with your pup giving positive love and attention. This is also the time when you start teaching the routines of the house, and the behaviors that are expected.
One of the most common activities we associate with dog ownership might be the most important. Walking with your dog gives them a sense of being in a pack, which is important to dog identity. It is during a walk that you demonstrate loving patience, and also set yourself up as a leader. Plus, exercise is not just great for the health of a dog, but it also tires them out so that they are more easily trained. A tired dog will be more amenable, and more willing to take instructions, while being less likely to get excited and start running around. Walking is absolutely crucial to bond with your dog, and then to continue throughout their life to keep them happy and healthy.
Going through a dog adoption can be exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time. Make sure that you start your relationship with your new dog on the right foot and use these tips to bond with your pup. You’ll get a lifetime of love, fun, and affection if you do.