Every pet is going to have trials at first. Feel lucky if they are few and far between. If not, take a breath and be patient. Even potty trained dogs may have accidents in the house because they are scared and have no idea what to do. This is why it is a great idea to be home as long as you can for your new pet to help them adapt to their new home.
One of the first things you must implement, is proper potty technique. Figure out fast what you want that to be and show your pet right away. Here are a few tips to help you decide.
A lot of owners get concerned when they take their pet outside and it plays and plays and never goes potty, which can be frustrating if you need to go to work so make play the reward.
- Take your pet out on leash to a corner of the yard and prompt them to go. If they don’t, take them back inside for ten minutes and try again. (This is why you take the day off. A few days off would be even better.)
- Once they potty where they are supposed to… game on! Play catch chase, anything fun and then leave them to their own devices while you clean up the yard. A clean yard is a much healthier place for both you and your friends. Get poop bags. Keep the yard clean.
Puppies need much more help in this department. Kennel training is my very most favorite. Kennels can be a safe, cave-like home for your new friend or it can be a horribly scary ordeal so make the kennel a happy place with toys and blankets. If you have kids, make sure they know what when puppy is in the kennel it is break time and they are not allowed to play with the puppy. Everyone get’s overwhelmed at times. Let puppy have a safe retreat to go to. Put your scent in there as their protector so they know they are safe. Treats and snacks also good. Anything to make it your pet’s second home.
- Close them in only in small bits at first. Close the door and leave the room. No crying? Run back in and give them a treat and a very enthusiastic “Good boy!!” Crying, give comfort but no treat.
- Patience. Go slow. Increase the time and add more toys to play with. Treat balls and slow feeders great for entertainment while you are away. Puppies can be free fed at any time. They need all those calories to grow.
- Outside every hour at the very least. Puppies have very small bladders. Expecting them to hold it for an eight our shift is a dream.
Provide water. Always. Even before surgery, it is recommended to allow water. Make sure they drink. Water is so very important.
Set alpha from day one. Not because we endorse a master and servant relationship but because dogs were built in packs. The Alpha is their leader, the one they look up to, to keep them safe and healthy. Becoming a dog owner means you have just stepped into that role. Asserting your place as his guide in the new life is essential to your dog’s very well being. Be pack leader. Make your dog part of your pack.
Get a comfortable leash and comfortable collar. Why? Because they are going to be on it for at least the whole first day in your home. Longer for the scared or hyper ones. Shorter for the old kids who have played this change about game before.
Make ground rules. Enforce them every time. This is an effective way to teach your dog without confusing the poor creature who is now with strange people in a strange place. Picture yourself taken out of your homeland, placed in a cage and then taken to a home where you don’t speak the language. That will give you some idea what is going on in the mind of your new pet. Happy or sad about the new home, it’s a huge change. Be patient! Be fair. Be consistent. Training classes are a great way to create a language you both understand. Puppy classes are essential socialization and foundation training steps. Do not miss this with your pup.
Keep a pouch or ziplock back of food-low cal treats in your pocket, leash up your new dog and introduce your dogo to his new home then do some fun, relaxing things to ease him into your home life.
Any sign of squat, hurry outside and introduce doggo to the spot in your yard/area you want him to potty in. Praise and treat for good potty behavior. Reinforce it every time it goes in the right place. Remember, your dog has absolutely no idea who you are or what the rules are. The leash is to help him learn but there may be accidents. Praise good behavior, ignore bad behavior, at least for now. No off leash yet, even if you have an enclosed back yard. Your dog is scared, be there for him. Do not let him off leash yet.
Everywhere you go day 1, your dog should be with you. If they are allowed to jump up and be crazy on day 1, they will expect to be able to do the same on day 459, so make sure you will always love whatever behavior you reinforce.