9 Tips For Welcoming Your New Adopted Dog

If you are about to adopt a dog or cat, this article is for you. By following these steps you are assuring a better destiny to that LIFE you decided to help.

First of all, we must say that the adaptation process is different for each pet. If your pet is a puppy, it will be necessary to teach him everything, from finding a place to relieve himself, to how to interact with other dogs or how to walk using a leash. On the contrary, if your pet is an adult and is shy, distrustful, and even seems depressed, it is likely that it has been mistreated and requires a rehabilitation process supported by a professional.

Here Are 10 Tips To Help You Adjust To Your New Life Faster And Easier

  1. 1 Create A Safe Environment
  2. 2 Give Him His Space
  3. 3 Limits Its Territory
  4. 4 Establish A Routine
  5. 5 Be Patient When There Is An Inappropriate Evacuation
  6. 6 Follow Him During The First Month
  7. 7 Teach Him Calm Behaviors
  8. 8 Meets His Needs
  9. 9 Teach Him Rules And Norms

1 Create A Safe Environment

While it is understandable that all owners want their dog to learn how to behave quickly, your real priority at first is not that he be totally obedient, but that he accept his new surroundings as a familiar and safe environment.

2 Give Him His Space

Let him move freely, without forcing him to stay by your side. Avoid giving him excessive attention. Gradually, when he feels comfortable, your pet will start to look for you.

3 Limits Its Territory

During this adaptation stage it is inevitable that some accident (inappropriate marking or destructive behaviors) will happen, so it is advisable to limit his access to your bed, room and other "delicate" places at home. As you train him, you will notice that he is ready to make good decisions.

4 Establish A Routine

Separation from the shelter will generate some level of stress and anxiety in your pet. No matter how much better living conditions you can offer, change often generates anxiety. To help your pet relax, we recommend that you establish his or her living routine as soon as possible.

5 Be Patient When There Is An Inappropriate Evacuation

It is very likely that your new pet will try to mark territory and evacuate in inappropriate places.

6 Follow Him During The First Month

Accompaniment is very important to avoid behavioral disorders. During the first 30 days, try not to leave your dog alone for too long. A dog that spends too much time alone will experience mood and personality changes. More dependent dogs tend to have anxiety marking when they are alone at home doing nothing. Dogs of a more dominant or athletic nature, lack of activity leads to destructive behavior.

7 Teach Him Calm Behaviors

When a dog wants something, he wants it NOW! It is part of your job to teach him that calm and polite behaviors are more efficient in getting what he wants. Training self-control will give your pet "emotional stability" and "self-confidence".

8 Meets His Needs

It is very important to know our pets in order to give them what they need. A balanced pet requires a healthy diet, a safe place to live, affection, exercise, and discipline. As long as your dog feels active and safe, he will be able to learn and follow the rules of the house.

9 Teach Him Rules And Norms

Dogs need well-established parameters of behavior and coexistence to form a sociable, friendly, and adaptable character. Obedience training is the first level of dog training. It starts with the 5 general commands that every dog should know: "SIT", "STAND", "COME HERE", "RELEASE" and "SIT". In our experience they are very useful in everyday situations faced by most pet owners.


We don't always know our little one's past and unfortunately many pets have experienced abuse at some point in their lives. Animal abuse comes in many forms, including physical aggression, neglect, tying them up, or locking them up.

Paul Krasowsky

I'm Paul Krasowsky, a lifelong dog enthusiast and certified canine behaviorist. With over a decade of experience in dog training and behavior modification, I've helped countless dogs and their humans build stronger, more understanding relationships


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