Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Tips When Introducing A New Dog To Your Home

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 6 ·
introducing a new dog to your home

Whether you buy a puppy from a breeder or adopt a dog from a rescue, they should be introduced to your home slowly and steadily. So, let’s go over some tips when introducing a new dog to your home.

Why It’s Important To Introduce Your Dog To Your Home Slowly

No matter where you get the dog or their background, they’ll be stressed moving from one place to another.

For example, a puppy won’t know how to ride in the car and may be overstimulated by its new home’s new sights and smells.

On the other hand, if you rescue a dog from a shelter, they might be wary of going to a new home. They might have been abandoned or in a foster home and might be nervous that your home is only temporary.

In other words, the dog might not realize that your home is now their home.

Overall, you don’t want your new furry friend to be too stressed out. Instead, you want them to feel comfortable and at home as quickly as possible.

Tips When Introducing A New Dog To Your Home

The major thing you’ll want to do is show your dog that there’s nothing to be afraid of when you arrive at your house. Also, you want them to know that your home is a comfortable and positive environment.

Before Getting Your Dog

First, set up your home to be an appropriate environment for a dog.

For example, if you get a puppy, you’ll need to puppy-proof some rooms. Set up baby gates and make sure that nothing too fragile is low enough to the ground for your puppy to get at and chew.

On the other hand, if you’re getting an adult or senior dog, you might still want to set up some baby gates. This will allow your dog to only go in certain rooms. Then, when you’re both ready, you can open up more rooms for them to explore as time goes on.

Upon Bringing Your Dog Home

When you finally arrive home with your new furry friend, don’t go inside the house right away. Instead, keep them on their leash and allow them to explore the yard a bit first.

While outside, your dog can go to the bathroom if they need to. Also, they might begin to mark some of the territory, which is fine.

They’ll get a good sense of your scent and your home’s scent from being in the car and from little things around the yard.

After a few minutes, you can bring them inside the house. While still keeping the pup on their leash, allow them to go in and out of some rooms.

Your dog will want to see and smell everything they can as they get the house’s layout.

Stay Calm And Quiet

While your pup is exploring the house, remain calm and stay quiet during this time. Allow them to sniff everything, even if it’s something you don’t want them going near. This is why the leash is still on them so that you can watch them.

By staying quiet and calm, you’ll allow your pup to get used to the sights and smells of the home. They’re probably already overstimulated, and a bit stressed from the new area, so you don’t want to make any sudden movements or loud noises that might spook them further.

Show The Dog Their Room Or Area

Finally, show your pup where their area is when the house tour is complete.

Maybe you have a room for your dog, or perhaps you’ve set up a particular spot for them in the living room or your bedroom.

Regardless, this spot should have your dog’s crate, bed, a water dish, and a couple of toys. You can show your pup that the area belongs to them and that they can sleep in the bed or crate and play with the toys.

This will show your new doggo that they have a welcoming spot in the home. Over time, they’ll get used to the house and realize that it’s their home.

What If You Have Another Dog At Home?

If your new doggo friend isn’t the first dog in the home, introduce the two dogs together correctly.

When arriving home with your new puppy, allow the two dogs to meet outside in a neutral area while both on their leash. You’ll need someone else in your house or a close friend to help you.

Then, you can have the other people bring your dog on a walk. You can head inside with the new pup and allow them to explore their new home.

Introducing A New Dog To Your Home Is Easy

If you stay calm and positive, your doggo will have an easy time adjusting to their new home. However, remember that every dog has a different personality and has a different background. So, some dogs might warm up faster than others. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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