Congratulations! You have a new family member.
Adopting a new Pet can be a very exciting adventure, but it is very normal to expect that there will be a transitional period that can be both rewarding and challenging for everyone.
Most new Pet adopters think that when they adopt a new dog, it will immediately be much happier than it was at the shelter it came from. It is important to remember though, that your dog will need to adjust to your home and its new family. This can take some time and will require some effort and patience on your part. This period of transition can be both rewarding and challenging so having realistic expectations will help you and your new Pet adjust much easier.
Your new Pet will need time to adjust to the boundaries, rules and habits of its new home and family. It can also take time for the dog to feel comfortable and to trust that this is his forever home. He may do a few things that you wish he wouldn’t or he may be more energetic than you thought he was. This can all seem very overwhelming and will take time before you see your new Pet’s true personality. It is recommended that you give your dog about a week to adjust in your home without a lot of stimulation like taking him to training classes, meeting new friends and extended family, or overwhelming outings. Adjusting to a new home can be very stressful to your new dog and it will be easier on him if his environment is quieter during this time.
SCHEDULE A PHONE CONSULT WITH A HANNAH TRAINER
Hannah recommends that you seek advice from a member of our training team so you have established support available should any challenges arise.
Hannah’s dog trainers will place you in the appropriate training class for you and your Pet.
THINGS YOU MIGHT NEED
1. Walking Equipment:
2. Sleeping Arrangements:
ESTABLISH A PREDICTABLE SCHEDULE AND ROUTINE
The first 30 – 60 days after you bring your new Pet home is the best time to set the tone for your new relationship and the expectations of your Pet in his new environment. Your dog will adjust easier and have less anxiety if he has a predictable routine, rules and structure that he can depend on from the beginning rather than spoiling him initially and then expecting him to adjust to rules and boundaries later on after he has adjusted.
The more you work on shaping your relationship with your dog, the more rewarding it will be. Relationships need tending and daily maintenance in order to flourish and grow. If you put in the work and effort and set realistic expectations, that both of you can meet, it can be a beautiful and satisfying experience.
Looking to adopt a Pet? If you haven’t taken the final step to adopt a Pet and are still in the research stage, please visit Hannah’s available Placement Pets or call a Placement Coordinator at (971) 717-6023.