10 EASY STEPS TO HELP YOUR NEW GREYHOUND ADAPT
Getting a new Greyhound is an extremely rewarding experience, but just like bringing any pet home there’s going to be an adjustment period. Our dogs love having a routine, so being consistent from the first will be an important part of helping your new addition adjust. Whether it’s an adoption or a foster, expect them to take a few days to settle in. These tips will help make that transition easier.
Everything should be ready for the new dog in the home—food and water dishes, familiar food, a crate of size and type the dog is used to, and appropriate toys. The new dog adjusts more easily if the change is done early in the day, since all dogs feel more insecure at night. Try to ensure that your dog is allocated his own safe spot, giving him a place he can retreat to when the whole thing becomes overwhelming.
2. PET-PROOF YOUR HOME
One of the most important things to do before bringing home a rescue dog is pet-proofing the home, if you have not done this already. Some dogs have a tendency to chew everything so you need to make sure all the cables and harmful substances are out of reach, cover trash cans, remove food from surfaces, etc.
When arriving at the new home, the dog should first be taken out on a lead into the backyard and encouraged to relieve himself in a preferred area. Next, let the dog explore the house at his own pace, but also let him know what the house rules are. Keep him closely supervised and in the same room you are in, unless confining him to a crate or another room—and then stay close by at first, to be sure he is not upset by the separation.
4. INTRODUCTIONS TO OTHER DOGS OR CHILDREN
Introduce the new dog to other family dogs in a neutral area, one at a time, then in a large, fenced area—again, one at a time. Even social dogs have to work out dominance issues, and family dogs can be possessive of resources as well as of favorite family members. (Expect to have to supervise the behavior and relationships of the new dog for at least a couple of months. A new dog can begin with the submissiveness of a “visitor,” and then after a while want to assert dominance.) For at least three months, children 9 years and up should be supervised when they are with the dog. (Children under 8 years old should always be supervised when they are with a dog.) This is to be sure that rules for both the pet and the children are being followed.
5. TAKE IT SLOW
Don’t over stimulate your new Greyhound during the first couple of days. If your dog is a bit standoffish just let them check things out for themselves. If they come up to you for attention by all means be as affectionate as they seem comfortable with.
6. CONSISTENT BEDTIME
Right from the start, try to get your new pup to go to bed when you do. If they are crated, make sure it’s in a place that is away from a lot of noise (like the bedroom). A consistent bedtime can ensure that they’re well-rested when they wake up. It’s important to note that most dogs have varied sleep schedules, and will want to nap during the day at various times. They should be able to rest without interruptions. If they skip a nap and become too tired, it’s likely that they won’t go to bed when you intended.
7. CONSISTENT MEALTIME
A consistent mealtime can make a significant difference for your dog’s health. You should feed your dog two meals at the same times each day so that they’re well behaved. If you know their previous food, transition from that gradually. Don’t leave any food out for longer than 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t underestimate the importance of treats, training, and play to help the new dog feel secure.
8. REGULAR POTTY BREAKS & EXERCISE
Your dog should go outside for a potty break consistently. Many Greyhounds are not used to asking to go out, so it’s up to you to set the schedule. An adult dog may only need to take a potty break three to five times a day. A quick morning and night walk can double as both exercise and potty time. This routine should ensure that your furry friend can relieve themselves without any issues.
A regular playtime can help your pup manage their energy better. If they’ve had enough exercise, it’ll be easier for them to eat their dinner and go to sleep without any problems. This effort also contributes positively to their mental and physical health. Don’t leave playtime for late at night if you want your dog to go to sleep soundly.
Another important thing which will help your furry friend in adjusting to a new home is establishing a deep bond with him. To enjoy a life-long companionship, you need to spend quality time with him to build trust. Just taking good care of your dog is not enough, you need to play with him and take him on walks and snuggle on the sofa together.
10. HAVE PATIENCE
Please don’t be discouraged if your new Greyhound doesn’t warm up to you on his first night home. Just like us, dogs have their own personalities, and some of them are much more reserved and cautious than others. Each dog is different, they come with their own experiences and personalities. Your dog might adjust to his new home in an hour, or it might take weeks. With some patience, a steady schedule, and his own space and he’ll start to feel settled in his new environment. Your new dog will be your best friend before you know it.
For more in-depth advice, this is a helpful book: "LOVE HAS NO AGE LIMIT" - Welcoming an Adopted Dog Into Your Home by Patricia B. McConnell https://bit.ly/LoveHasNoAgeLimit
If you have questions or an anything you would like to share, please comment below.