Bringing Your Dog Home For The First Time
Bringing a new dog into the home is an exciting time for you and your family. If this is your first pet, and especially if you have children, emotions can be running even higher. Hopefully you’ve put a lot of research and planning into this moment and it is understandable to get caught up in the moment. Nonetheless, bringing a new dog into your home for the first time is still something you need to prepare for. After all, you’ve done so much preparation already, you wouldn’t want a few missteps at the finish line to derail your plans. This is also especially true when getting an ESA kit.
First, remember that dogs need boundaries, and in fact at the end of the day they’re much happier for it. Setting that tone starts from the moment you open your door to your new best friend. In fact, it starts even before you open your door. Picking up your new dog and going directly home, throwing open the door, and wildly celebrating with your family is cathartic, but it sends the message to the dog that everything in the home is his, and he can do whatever he pleases. Throughout the entire process it’s important that you remain calm and don’t overly excite your already nervous pet.
Instead, when you get out of the car, don’t go directly home at all. Be prepared with a leash, some treats, and bags, and take your little guy for a short walk around the neighborhood. This will calm the dog down while also helping him to familiarize himself with you and the area. It also exposes dogs to the new smells and sounds of your home – something you might not think twice about but are a very important part of how a dog acclimates to new settings.
When you finally do make it home – leave the leash on. This may seem counterintuitive, but it’s all part of the psychology of boundaries. Open the door and make sure you are the first one through the door. Then, make sure the new dog doesn’t just bound right in, but instead waits for your instruction. The message you are sending to your dog here is first, that you are in charge, and second, that certain behavior is expected in the home.
Lead the dog around the home on the leash, introducing him to all the different places, corners, and rooms. Again, you have to remember that this an entirely new, and perhaps scary place for your little friend. He needs to feel that he knows everything he can and that includes not just exploring, but also smelling a lot. Let this happen as naturally as possible so as not to overly excite the little guy.
If you’re really ahead of the curve, you’ll have set up a comfortable personal space for your new dog somewhere in the house. When you finally arrive at this space, you can take your furry friend off the leash and encourage him to settle down. Given how long this day has been, your new pet is likely very tired. That’s especially true if you’re dealing with a puppy. It’s likely that after all the commotion, your dog will simply want to lie down and relax quietly for some time. Don’t take it personally or think you’ve done a bad job. On the contrary, it’s the first sign of him feeling comfortable in his new space and he just needs some time to soak it all in. Soon enough, he’ll be so much a member of the family that you won’t even think twice!