Remember the Rule of 3 when adopting a new dog.
Adopting a new dog is very exciting. The thrill of your new furry friend coming home and having endless ideas of how you’re going to spend time with him.
There’s a whole world out there! Like hiking, traveling to new cities, meeting all your friends and family, not to discount the daily walkie which is a terrific relationship booster.
All of these plans of hanging out with your dog is definitely the goal and the hope for you both.
Most times, your new furry friend will need some time to adjust.
Adjusting to your routine and schedule. This could be very confusing for a new dog and your dog will need time to figure out you won’t be gone for forever when you leave for work or school.
Adjusting to building a new relationship with you. Some dogs have experienced countless temporary homes with different people, so remember your new dog needs time to trust you.
As you’re bringing in a new dog into your home, consider using the Rule of 3 when you experience something “new” your dog has never done before since he moved in. Allowing your dogs to reveal themselves and their personalities to you is a sign the bond is strengthening.
If you’re unsure of how to manage or help your dog choose something else, contact a positive reinforcement trainer committed to force free and fear free training methods.
Even better, consider hiring a reward based trainer as you bring your new dog home. This way you will be set up for success even before unwanted behaviors crop up!