Making sure your home environment is ready for a new dog is very important to the adoption process. If you’ve had dogs before or currently have dogs, there won’t be as much to change to bring a new pet into the house.
The first thing is to set up a comfortable area for your new pup to have. Many adopted dogs will take a while to acclimate to their new surroundings (as we discuss further down). For many of these adopted dogs, allowing them to have their own safe and comfortable space can increase the trust and bond between them and you. This could be their own room, their own section of a room, or a kennel. Giving your new dog an opportunity to separate themselves from you will make them feel more comfortable with you and your home down the road, and eventually, they won’t even need their own space.
In your new pup’s own space, be sure to have some things providing comfort. A bed, a blanket, and toys are all important starting points to your dog’s new living environment. If you’ve had dogs in the past, be sure to get a new bed, blanket, and toys just for the new dog, so they don’t feel like they’re in another dog’s territory.
Try to wash the bed and blanket in your laundry to get the scent of your home on them, so the dog will associate your house smells with the feeling of safety and comfort. The next step is dog food. There is a whole variety of dog food to choose from, and for a new dog, it can be a little bit tricky, as there isn’t a good way to know what your dog’s tastes will be yet.
They have different nutritional values, different ingredients, different flavors, some have grains while some don’t, and all are important to be taken into consideration. There isn’t necessarily a wrong choice, but it is important to do research before you make your final decision, as some nutritional proportions are better than others, and some dogs have allergies to some grains and ingredients while others don’t.
Luckily, there are many options available to get research and understanding and to make an educated decision. Another consideration is a dog ID tag, collar, leash, and maybe a harness.
A dog ID tag and collar are possibly the two most important things to get, as this will allow someone to contact you in case your dog gets lost. Leashes and harnesses will let you take your new dog for a walk, and get them the exercise they need while increasing the bond between you.
Lastly, be sure your new pup will have ample space/time to exercise and work out energy. If you have a yard of some type, this will be perfect! Traditional fences will be sure to keep your dog in and safe. Invisible fences can still do the job, but they come with extra steps to make sure your dog knows the boundaries and is comfortable with their outdoor space.