The arrival of a new dog is always an extraordinary moment. This new family member will shower us with love.
Whether you rescue or adopt a dog, the first few days are critical. Gaining your new pet’s trust is essential if you want to build a good relationship with them. We all want to do things right from the start.
If you want some ideas to strengthen the bond between you and your best friend, keep reading to find you eight ways to connect with your new dog.
Let Your Dog Explore Freely
Be sure to give your new dog time to explore his new surroundings when you bring them home. Let him calmly assimilate this unique place on his own and gradually get to know all the new family members.
Every dog is different, so do not stress if you feel like it takes a long time for your dog to adjust. Do not forget that it must not be easy to meet new people in an unfamiliar place.
These first days are usually exhausting, so try to be patient and not over stimulate your pet.
Create a Space Just for Your Dog
Your dog should have an area set up exclusively for them, with a nice bed, water, and toys. Until your dog adapts to this new lifestyle, it is normal for your friend to want to take refuge and rest without being disturbed.
Let your dog explore the entire house at will. It is crucial that your new pet feels safe in their new home and feels that they have a place where they can be secure and free from danger.
Offer Your Dog Food
Another way to gain the trust of a new pet is with food. The simple fact that you can provide food for your dog is enough to dissipate any fear.
Try not to invade your dog’s personal space if they seem uncomfortable. Make your new pet see that you intend to feed them instead. Little by little, you will start to gain their trust, and the relationship between you will improve.
Educate Your Dog with Patience
It would be best if you started educating your dog from the very first days. Teach your furry friend where the “bathroom” is and when it is time for a walk.
Remember that you must educate your new pet, but at the same time earn their trust, so you cannot scold them extremely hard or ever hit them.
A good idea is to offer your furry friend a reward every time they learn something new or do something right.
Giving dog treats to your new best friend is a great way to reward and let them know that they have done something right.
Play with Your Dog
You can bond with your dog through games. Some dogs will want to play from the moment they get home, while others will need a little more time.
Do not despair. Start with simple and fun things. Use something that the dog can chew on. For example, throw a toy to see if they chase it and bring it back.
Take Him for a Ride
Sometimes being locked up inside a new house can make your dog nervous. So, taking a walk outside can be the best solution.
However, do not rush it. Let your dog go at their own pace so that they feel more at ease. Do not forget that you should never let your dog walk unsupervised. It is common to hear cases of dogs that run away or ignore their owners, which you must always avoid.
Invite Your Dog to Relax with You
Not all ways to bond with your new dog must be activities or exercises. Allowing your dog to spendrest time with you helps build incredible confidence.
When you are home, invite your dog to lie down with you or sit on the floor so that they can rest their head on you.
If you give your dog a little massage, you will have his confidence assured. These moments of shared calm are great for bonding between the two of you.
Talk to Your Dog
Even though your dog will not understand what you say, you should still talk to them. They’ll appreciate your voice tone.
As you educate your new friend, they will understand most of what you say by how you say it. For example, if you speak calmly, your dog will recognise that tone of voice, and every time you talk towards them in that way, they will feel calm and protected.
We know that creating a bond with a new dog is not always easy, but by implementing the tips above, you can earn your new dog’s trust.