More than 20% of dogs have some form of separation anxiety and have additional needs. If you are adopting a dog, they may have had a rough start in life and it is important to help them to feel safe and secure. This will reduce the possibility of separation anxiety and help you to deal with any underlying issues. Before you bring your new family member home, here are some of the ways that you can prepare to accommodate their needs. This will help you and your new dog have a smooth transition when they move to their new home.
Establish a routine
When you adopt your dog, it is important that you establish a feeding and walking routine as soon as possible. Before they arrive, think about how you are going to do this, it may even be that you need to adjust your working day in order to fit in plenty of doggy exercise. Don’t forget to work out a morning and evening feeding schedule. Dog experts from 5 star puppy foods suggest contacting the rescue center and ask what sort of food your dog prefers. Then you can purchase some of your dog’s favorite food in advance.
Create a safe space
A dog needs to know that he or she has a safe space that is solely for them – especially important when you are adopting a rescue. When your dog has additional needs to help them feel secure, a crate is a good idea, you shouldn’t lock them in, but instead fill it with soft bedding and place an old towel over the top. It will provide your dog with a little shelter that they can feel safe in. You should also purchase a comfortable dog bed that is the right size and shape for them to sleep in.
Toys and treats
There will be times when you have to leave your new dog for short periods of time. In preparation for when you have to go out, stock up on toys and treats to entertain your dog. It will help them to associate being at home alone with positive things. Make sure that the toys that you buy have no component parts that can be chewed off and swallowed. Investing in a feeding toy, such as a Kong is also a good idea. It will keep your dog busy whilst you are out and reduce the possibility of destructive behavior.
Plenty of exercise
Dogs need to have regular exercise – this can improve the symptoms of separation anxiety drastically as they will have plenty of physical and mental exercise. Before you bring your new pet home, make sure you buy them a collar, harness and lead. It is useful to also purchase a dog tag, with your contact details on in case of emergency. Explore some of the local area and decide on the best places to safely walk your dog.
A rescue dog wants a safe and secure home with plenty of love and attention. If you prepare for their additional needs carefully before they arrive, you can help relieve the symptoms of separation anxiety, so that your new dog feels happy and settled quickly.