Congratulations on adopting your new family member! Your dog’s homecoming will be filled with new beginnings and lots of changes for both of you. But just as we humans find moving to be a stressful event, your dog’s happy homecoming can also be a stressful time. This is especially true for adolescent and adult dogs who have left behind a prior life and routines often unknown to us. Experts agree that although every dog is an individual there is some predictability in transitioning a dog into a new home. Amid all the change, providing some quiet time, a routine, and structure can be much needed soothers when settling your newest family member into your home. Here a few reminders and tips to help your adopted dog transition into his new life more smoothly and successfully.
Rule of Threes: Three days, Three Weeks, Three Months
Canine experts have coined this triplet the “magic of threes.” Behaviors of many newly adopted dogs, especially adolescent and adult dogs, often fall within this trio of settling-in stages:
Tips for Success
Whether you're a first-time feline owner or bringing home a new kitty to already established furry friends, you'll want to get the skinny on how to make your new kitty feel comfortable in its new home. Our friends at PetFinder have written a great article to help you make your new addition happy (and your family happy in the process!).