Getting a new dog can be an exciting time for many families. After all, you get to welcome a new four-legged member of the family who should bring years of joy and laughter to the home. If you’re worried about bringing them home, it could be time to learn everything to expect in the first 24 hours with your new dog.
Let your new dog settle in
The first thing you want to do in the first 24 hours with your new dog is let them settle in. After all, this is a big change for them as well as you. Make sure you have everything you need already, such as the kibble they’ve been eating, toys, a leash, dog bags, and plenty of treats. This should mean they can come straight home without any emergency runs to the store. Another thing to consider is to make things as relaxing as possible and to keep things nice and quiet.
Start potty training with your puppy
Another thing you want to do with your new dog is start potty training straight away. This includes showing them the potty area and trying to get on top of things as soon as possible. This doesn’t just mean potty training a puppy. Even older dogs who have already been house-trained might have some accidents in their new home. Be sure to avoid this by letting them get used to their new surroundings as they learn where they should be going – and where they shouldn’t.
Set some simple boundaries with your new dog
Potty training isn’t the only thing to expect in the first 24 hours with your new dog. Another to add to the list is setting simple boundaries. This doesn’t mean you need to scold your dog as soon as they walk through the door and do something you don’t like. It simply means keeping an eye on your new dog and interrupting any behavior you don’t want to see, such as chewing something they shouldn’t. It could also mean gently pushing them down if they jump up at things or finding something to distract them from their unwanted behavior.
Allow your new dog to have safe zones
The first 24 hours with your new dog will likely be an exciting one – and one that can be stressful for your four-legged friend. Thankfully, one of the simplest ways to avoid any unwanted stress is to give your pet safe zones. This means somewhere quiet that they can go away from the rest of the family. You can place blankets from their former home, so there’s a familiar scent in that area and plenty of toys, so they feel comfortable. Also, allow them to enter their safe zone uninterrupted so they can take themselves away if needed.
Learning everything to expect in the first 24 hours with your new dog should make things a lot less stressful. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you wonder what you ever did without them in your life, and they feel like part of the family.