Dog adoption from a shelter in your city is a very rewarding act, both because you can save a dog from doggy jail and possible euthanasia, and you can end up with a great new friend with a great temperament. Since the dog comes from the shelter, though, it may have an uncertain history and a few habits that you are not used to. Because of his unknown history, care should be taken when introducing the new dog to your living space. In a way, you and the dog are getting to know each other. Here are some ways you can make the transition easier for you and your new friend when you bring him into your home.
1.Prepare. Get a space ready that the dog can occupy and call his own. You have your space and your dog needs his too.
2.Be gradual. Introduce other family members one at a time. Dogs do better one on one, rather than in large groups.
3.Use a leash. Even if you think the dog is O.K. on his own, use a leash in the beginning just to be safe.
4.Be alert. Pay attention to what the dog is doing when around people or other dogs during interactions.
5.Start a routine. A new life is about new routines. The time to learn is right away. Feeding, going out, and sleeping should be on a schedule, which the dog will take time to adopt.
Above all, have patience and realistic expectations. A dog that is not a puppy has a history that includes learned behavior from another owner or even from a pack of dogs. In the beginning, give the dog space to learn, and you will learn about his behaviors as well. The process will take time for both of you to learn, but the rewards are great!
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