Congratulations! This can be an exciting, albeit overwhelming time for both you and your new dog! The first bit of advice we like to give new dog owners is to go slow! There is no reason to allow your dog to have access to everything in your home, be best friends with all your current pets/neighbors/friends, go to the dog park etc within the first hour or two of arrival.
Newly adoptive dogs will go through a 2-3 week ‘honeymoon period’ where they are just trying to figure things and may be showing you their ‘house guest’ side.
Most phone calls we receive happens after the honeymoon is over and what we find is the new dog has been given a lot of freedom in the home, privileges (overwhelming amount of affection, free fed etc). This amounts to very little structure and leadership and the pup is showing a mountain of bratty behaviors (jumping, barking, pulling on a leash, destruction in the home, etc)
The kindest thing you can do for your new dog is to set the tone and create a schedule right away as most behavior problems arise because there is lack of it. Structure is the clock the dog lives by.
These are a few things you can do right away! We, of course, are here to help you build a great relationship with your new dog based on fairness and clarity. Contact us with questions or check out our upcoming class schedule for further training.
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