What to Do After Adopting a New Dog

What to Do After Adopting a New Dog

Congratulations on your new dog! Adopting a dog is a big responsibility, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to do to take care of your new furry friend, from the initial vet visit to potty training and beyond.

Create a Safe Space 

One of the best things you can do for your new dog is to create a safe space for them. This could be a designated room in your home or even just a corner of a room that they can call their own. This space should be free from any potential hazards, and it should be where your dog can go to relax and feel comfortable. 

You can use a baby gate to create this space, or you can simply keep the door to the room closed. Put their bed, toy, food, and water in this space. Either way, your dog will appreciate having a place to call their own.

Introduce Them to the Family 

When your new dog first meets your family, it’s important that everyone is sitting on the floor. This will help your new dog feel more comfortable and less intimidated. Let your new dog approach the family members first, on their own terms. This will help them feel safer and less scared. 

During the introduction, be sure to give everyone treats – including your new dog! This will help create a positive association between your new dog and your family members. The first few moments between your new dog and your family members are crucial, so it’s important to keep the introductions short. Once everyone has had a chance to say hello, you can let your new dog explore the house on their own.

It’s important to be patient when introducing your new dog to your family. It may take a few minutes, or even a few days, for everyone to feel comfortable with each other. But eventually, you will all be best friends!

Get them Acclimated to the Home and Yard 

Give your new dog time to explore its new home. Show them where their safe space is, where their food and water are, and where they can go to the bathroom. Start by taking your new dog on short, supervised visits to the yard. This will help them get used to the sights and smells of their new home. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend in the yard with your new dog. Eventually, they’ll be able to stay in the yard for longer periods of time.

Be sure to provide plenty of water and shade for your new dog while they’re in the yard. This will help them stay cool and comfortable. Outside is a great way to introduce your new dog to any other dogs or pets you may have. With a little bit of time and patience, you can help your new dog feel right at home in their new yard.

Vet Visit

One of the first things you should do after adopting a new dog is to take them to a veterinarian for a checkup. This is important for a few reasons. First, the vet can give your dog a full physical examination. They can also update their vaccinations and microchip information. Finally, the vet can give you some helpful tips on taking care of your new dog based on their specific breed and needs.

Potty Training

Potty training is an important part of being a responsible dog owner. The good news is that with patience and consistency, most dogs can be successfully potty trained relatively quickly. The first step is to create a routine for your dog. Take them outside at the same time each day (or as close to it as possible) and give them plenty of opportunities to use the bathroom.

Praise them when they go to the right spot so they know they’re doing a good job. If they have an accident inside, calmly clean it up and don’t make a big deal out of it. With time and patience, your dog will learn where they’re supposed to go potty and things will get much easier.

Obedience Training

Another important thing you can do for your new dog is to start obedience training as soon as possible. Not only will this help your dog learn good manners and behaviors, but it will also strengthen the bond between you and your pet.

There are a few basic commands that every dog should know, such as sit, stay, come, and down. You can find plenty of resources online or at your local pet store to help you get started with obedience training. Be patient and consistent with your dog, and soon you’ll have a well-behaved furry friend!

If you’re not sure where to start with obedience training, consider enrolling in a class with a professional trainer. This can be a great way to get started on the right foot and make sure you and your dog are both comfortable with the process. 

Obedience training isn’t just about teaching your dog what to do – it’s also about teaching you how to effectively communicate with your pet. By taking the time to train your dog, you’ll be able to better understand their needs and wants, and create a stronger bond that will last a lifetime.


Taking care of a new dog requires time, patience, and effort, but it’s so worth it! By following these simple tips, you can make sure your new furry friend is happy and healthy for years to come. If you have any questions please feel reach out to us. Thanks for reading and congratulations on your new addition!

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