October is Adopt A Dog Month! While there’s no bad time to adopt a dog—or any other pet, for that matter—this is a great time to get yourself a new canine buddy. Of course, those first few days are crucial. It’s important for you and Fido to get started out on the right paw! A Pasadena, MD veterinarian discusses helping your pup adjust in this article.
Before bringing Fido home, you’ll want to make sure that your place is safe for him. Remove or secure potential hazards, like toxic plants and small or sharp objects, and keep things like chemicals, automotive products, and medicine in cabinets. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure.
You’ll need to hit the pet store and get all the necessary supplies before the big day. If you have other pets, keep your furry friends separated at first, and make introductions slowly. You may want to put Fido’s things in a quiet room, and let him settle in there. If your canine buddy is going to be an only pet, you can just set things up so that your pup can easily find his bed, food, and toys.
Many dog behaviorists recommend taking Fido for a walk before bringing him in for the first time. This allows your four-legged pal to ‘reset’ a bit, and burn off any extra energy he has. Your pup will also appreciate having a chance to get an idea of his surroundings.
Dogs are all unique individuals. Some pups will immediately decide that you’re their best friend. Others need more time to adjust. Don’t force attention on Fido, and don’t yell at him if he does something wrong. Focus on bonding and rewarding positive behavior. (This probably goes without saying, but treats and toys will go a long way here.)
Fido is a creature of habit, and he tends to feel safest when he’s on a set schedule. Get your pup started on his new routine for walks, meals, playtime, and naps right away. Another thing that should happen quickly? A trip to the vet! This is a great time to ask for specific care tips.
Please contact us, your local Pasadena, MD animal hospital, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are here to help!