This has been a hard year, but there have been some bright spots. One good thing has been seeing shelters empty for the first time as people rushed to adopt dogs before quarantining themselves. If you’re among those who recently adopted a shelter dog, you have our support! However, going to a new home is a big deal for Fido, so you want to give him plenty of time to settle in. A Scottsdale, AZ vet offers tips on helping your pooch adjust in this article.

Walk

Before you bring Fido indoors, take him for a walk around the block. This will help him burn off any excess energy, so he’ll be calmer when you get him inside.

Introduction

If you already have other pets, especially other dogs, it’s definitely best to introduce them before finalizing the adoption. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is introduce Fido to his new doctor. Many shelter dogs are already fixed and microchipped. However, your pooch will need a thorough exam. It’s also important to make sure he is up to date on his vaccines and parasite control. This is a great time to get some specific advice on his diet and care needs!

Puppyproofing

You’ll want to do some petproofing. Address anything that could be dangerous, such as wires and cords, toxic plants, medicine, chemicals, plastic bags and ties, and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is sturdy. It’s also best to get a self-latching gate.

Training

All dogs should know basic commands. If Fido hasn’t finished his training yet, you’ll want to start work on this right away.

Getting To Know Your Pet

Fido may have some quirks you don’t know about yet. For instance, he may be afraid of certain types of people, or he may bolt if he hears a loud noise. Keep a good grip on your pup when you’re out walking him!

Let Love Grow

It may take some time for you to get to know your furry pal. Don’t force attention on Fido, and never punish him for mishaps. Focus on positive reinforcement, and offering him great TLC. You’ll soon be rewarded with unwavering friendship, happy dances, and tail wags!

Please contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!