Congratulations, you’ve decided to adopt a dog! Having a dog is a wonderful experience and a joy you will treasure your entire life, but before you bring that pup home, there are several very important things to remember.
The first thing you should do is discuss it with your family. A dog is a lifetime commitment, much as having a child. They need attention and love and time. They are a daily responsibility and they will depend on you for all their care. Recognizing these needs and knowing you can supply them is the first step to having a good happy pet and an even happier you!
That first few days home is a tremendous new step in their life and yours, much like your child’s first days at school. It is an overwhelming new experience and one they will need to adjust to in their own way. Pet your new family member often, whether just a baby or full-grown, they need the reassurance that everything will be all right. Talk to him/her softly and be sure to introduce the rest of the family and be understanding. Flexibility is important. You pup won’t know the rules of your home right away, and that’s something that will need both time and patience on your part. It is up to you to teach them where they will go outside and get the into a steady routine. Introduce the pup to where he eats, drinks, and sleeps, and don’t get angry when that first night or two you hear whimpering and other noises. Those first nights in a strange place are a frightening experience, but with love, it will pass and all will be fine.
Once the first few days are past and you have settled into your new life with your dog, enjoy. It is a decision you will be glad you took the time to make and one that will bring great happiness to you both for a lifetime.