Congratulations on your new adoption! We are sure that you and your new pet will share many enjoyable years together.
Bringing home a shelter dog can take a little adjustment from both you and the dog, so here are some general tips on how to help settle your new friend into the household and build a fantastic and lasting bond.
Unfortunately, with any shelter dog, we have limited information on the dog’s history and anything that it may have been exposed to in the past. Give your dog some time to settle into its new home and make sure that you provide it with a safe place to settle and relax. Sometimes dogs find it hard to settle once they arrive at their new home and, as a result, may be a little unwilling to eat. Hand-feeding a few pieces of kibble, and then offering the rest in a bowl, may help. Gently massaging your dog when it is lying still will also help it relax and settle into its new home.
Remember that your new dog may need some time to settle in. Give the dog some space and don’t force interaction. If your new dog is a little shy, giving it time to relax and approach you in its own time is much more successful than forcing it to interact. Likewise, if your dog is very exuberant, only offering attention when it is calm will help build a good foundation for the right type of behaviour.