The first few weeks with your new dog will be exciting for everyone. They can also be stressful. Your dog will be adjusting to his new life, and you’ll be adjusting to having him around! If you already have dogs, the transition will be easier. You’ll know what to expect, and your new pup will have those dogs to guide him! If you’re doing this for the first time, and your dog has no older dog to follow, things may take longer to settle down! The main thing to do is practice patience. Understand that leaving everything they know will have been hard for your pup. He's starting out somewhere new! There are a few other things you can do to understand his behavior better. Following these suggestions may make it easier for you to adjust to your new addition!
RESEARCH THE BREED
None of us like to put our pup’s in a category, but researching the breed will teach you more than you expect. Though it’s true that every dog has their own personality, there are some behaviors most dogs in a breed will exhibit. Some breeds are placid, while others are full of energy 24 hours a day. Find out everything you need to know about bulldogs or spaniels, then apply what you’ve learnt to the way you approach your dog. If their breed is energetic, you can’t blame your new dog for his crazy behavior! The research will also teach you about anything you can do to calm that behavior a little!
No amount of research is going to teach you about your dog the way spending quality time with him will. It’s important you spend plenty of time getting to know your new addition. This also gives him a chance to get to know you! Dog training is an excellent way to build a connection between the two of you. It’s the best way to calm any bad behaviour, too! Even when you’re not training, it’s important to spend time playing with your dog. He’s relying on you for his amusement. Make sure not to let him down! Providing toys isn’t enough. You need to be spending time actively playing with those toys to keep your dog happy!
SPEND TIME OUTSIDE
The way your dog behaves inside is one thing, but you won’t truly know him until you’ve seen how he acts outside! Taking him on plenty of short walks will give you a good understanding of his temperament. It’s important you get an idea of how he reacts to other people. It’s even more important you get a sense of how he reacts to other dogs. Don’t be afraid to let him greet other dogs, but be wary. At this stage, you don’t know how he will react. Having a bad experience at a young age could cause him to display aggression to other dogs later on. If you do notice aggressive behavior, take your dog to training classes to address the problem!