Adopting a new dog over the holidays is a great way to both save an animals life, and create the biggest smile on your children’s faces. When bringing home a new animal, you want to ensure you have a lot of spare time, so the holiday period is the perfect time. Here are a few tips to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.
- Dogs like structure, especially in an environment they are unfamiliar with. Having rules will help them understand their new situation which in turn allows them to feel more comfortable.
- Often times adopted dogs come with some anxiety over past traumas they have endured. Before you even bring them home, set out a safe space for them to retreat to when they feel frightened or overwhelmed.
- Break the ice with some fun games and toys you can play with them.
- Have the numbers of your local vets on hand to reduce stress over the holidays. Find out whether they are working over this period and what their hours will be. The last thing you want is for your new dog to have a medical emergency and not be able to find anyone to help them on a moment’s notice.
- A lot of popular holiday food is toxic for dogs, so watch your children’s plates to ensure they are not slipping some treats under the table for their new furry friend.
- If any guests want to bring their pet along to any holiday gathering you are having, politely decline. A new dog in the home will be overwhelmed with the extra guests already, and you don’t know how your guest’s pets or your new dog will react to one another.