Adopting an animal is very rewarding, but is also a big commitment and there’s lots of things to consider before you decide to rehome a dog. Once you’ve made that decision you’ll need to ensure your home is pet-friendly before bringing your new furry addition home.
Laura Langridge, Canine Behaviour and Training Advisor at Battersea says, 'Timing is a key thing to consider. Adjusting to a new home can be quite a stressful experience for new pets and they need stability and routine in the early days. It’s best to choose a time when you don’t have lots of visitors and you’re not planning to go on holiday.'
There’s also a lot of things you can do to prepare for your new pet’s arrival to make the early days easier for you, and for them.
- Give them somewhere safe and quiet to settle - show them this safe space and feed them there so they start to associate this area with something positive. When they are in this area, the dog should be left alone. They may be a little overwhelmed but they will come to you when they are ready.
- Offer plenty of enrichment – dogs love to play and be mentally stimulated, making sure they have access to toys, food puzzles ora Kong is a great way to help them settle in. Long lasting chews are a great resource to keep dogs settled.
- Access to outside – make sure your new dog knows where it can toilet. If you have a garden allow them to explore or take them out so they can use your outside area. Get in a routine so your new dog understands it has lots of opportunities to toilet.
- Baby gates – if there are areas that you do not want to allow your dog access to then ensure doors are close or baby gates are installed to make it easy for your dog to understand where he is allowed to go.