When you bring a new dog home, whether a puppy, adolescent, adult, or senior, your family can benefit from positive and balanced reinforcement training. Your new pet will need time to adjust to their new environment (your home), and learn rules and expectations you will have for them.
Our fur children can bring us lots of love, joy, and comfort, but they can also be a headache sometimes! Behavior that was either never addressed or has recently surfaced, can be addressed with positive reinforcement training that explores the cause of the behavior and addresses it with effective methods.
Understanding that your dog needs time to adjust to your home, rules, routine, and preferences is the first step to success in working with your dog.
We follow and teach the Rule of Three, which allows them to settle into their new lives as time progresses.
This is important for newly adopted dogs and especially important for newly adopted shelter dogs.
The first 3 days are the initial “detox period” as the dog transitions from the shelter to your home. Your home is new and exciting, with more stimulating activity and space and freedom than a shelter can ever provide. It can be overwhelming for many dogs, especially those who have been in the shelter for weeks.
After 3 weeks, your dog is probably getting used to your comings and goings, learning the daily routine, and starting to figure out when the next meal is coming. He’ll learn that you walk at the same time every morning, and that he gets to go out for regular potty breaks. You’ll start to see more of his true personality and less of his initial response – whether that was fear, excitement, stress or a combination of all three.
At 3 months, most dogs know they are “home.” It’s a process to get there, but with patience and a sense of humor, the two of you can scale the mountain together and enjoy the journey toward a great relationship. At this stage, your dog will have had enough time to learn your expectations, rules, and lifestyle.
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