How Do I Bond with My New Dog?
It’s an exciting day when you bring your new dog home, but it can also be challenging. Getting your new pet comfortable with her surroundings can be challenging, but with a little work, you’ll be best friends in no time.
Start by Puppy Proofing
When you first introduce your puppy or dog into your home, you want to make sure the area is safe. Before arrival, Caitlin Fitzgerald, DVM, recommends puppy-proofing your house. “Puppies and dogs often like to chew and mouth things they shouldn’t,” she said. “Take care to hide exposed wires, and place anything of value that you do not want to become a chew toy out of reach.”
It is also a good idea to confine the new dog to a small area to get used to the new smells of the house and become acclimated to the environment. Fitzgerald suggests trying to keep loud noises and activity levels down, so the new pet does not become frightened. Another option that some dogs also do well with is having their own crate or cage that they can get to know as their safe place.
Get to Playing with Your New Dog
Playtime is when real bonding can start. “Specific toys that help to build bonds are any toys that engage the human and the dog, such as Frisbees, tennis balls, rope toys,” says Fitzgerald. “Fetch, and tugging games are also fun for the owner and the dog, plus it’s a great way to add in an element of exercise.”
Teach Your Dog Trust
It is essential to teach your dog trust early on through petting, grooming, and snuggling. Scent plays a significant role in trust, so spend time holding and petting your new dog. You can also give an article of your clothing to the dog to sleep with to further share your scent. “Dogs like to be given direction, so a confident owner will be a great leader to the dog, and that helps with building trust,” says Fitzpatrick. “A dog obedience trainer is an excellent option for owners to learn proper ways to lead their pet.”
Whatever happens, stay committed. Often bonding happens faster than you expect, and you’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful and rewarding experiences that your new dog brings into your life in no time!
Article written by Author: Stacey Brecher