There is no perfect recipe for helping a pup transition into their new home and no perfect timeline. Some dogs will fit right in immediately and others will need a lot of patience and time to settle into their new routine. Unfortunately, there is not a good way to predict how a dog will behave when they make their way from a shelter to home. It is not unusual for a dog’s typical behavior to be suppressed during their time in the shelter or during a short term foster. When this happens, there may be significant changes in behavior during the first days and weeks as they settle in. For some dogs, they may require the help of a behavior professional and take many months to learn how to be at their best.
First time pup
Puppy proof and set up management in your home proactively – it is easier to prevent problems than address them after your new pup has had a chance to practice the wrong behavior.
What to Do:
Keep in mind:
Even a positive move can be stressful, and your dog may be frazzled and have less ability to cope with stressors during this time. It is common for a dog to initially withdraw, display resource guarding or fear-based aggressive behaviors that resolves after a few days. Give them time and space, avoid forcing them.
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