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.
Being a leader means helping your dog understand it's place in the world. It doesn’t mean being a bully. It means having clear expectations, being fair and teaching your dog a system of how you want your dog to live with you day-to-day. It’s our job to teach our dogs HOW to exist in our homes and our human world. Minus your leadership, your dog will make choices based on what they think will best serve them, from their point of view.
It’s that time of year when thunderstorms and fireworks can put a damper on your dog’s summer. So, how can you help your dog feel better when the storms roll through or when the neighbor decides to set off a roll of firecrackers? Here are some suggestions to helping your dog feel safe and overcome their fears.