Welcoming a Dog into Your Home: How to Ensure a Smooth Transition

by Jane McDonald October 20, 2017

Welcoming a Dog into Your Home: How to Ensure a Smooth Transition

Welcoming a new pet into the home is right up there with Royal Weddings, in our book.  The cuteness, the tiny paws, the snuggles!  It’s all incredibly exciting, but don’t let that overshadow the need to make a plan.  Just like welcoming a human baby into the home, there are steps you will need to take to make sure the transition is seamless for both you and your new fur-baby.  Luckily, we’ve got you covered!


Your adorable new roommate will want to explore his new home, as he should!  Clear the floors of clutter and anything you don’t want him getting into.  Invest in organizational items like hooks and covered bins to keep the things you need on hand, but out of his reach.  You will also want to take some time to understand the plants and foods that are dangerous to your pup.  We recommend printing a list to put on the fridge for the first few months, so everyone in the home can become familiar.


Equally important as time spent together bonding, is alone time for your new best friend.  Create a space in the home for him to escape to for naps, solo-play and down time.  Depending on your pup’s personality and needs, his den can be anywhere from the corner of the home’s hub or tucked away in a closet.  Once established, keep humans big and small out of the den, making is truly his own space.


Get life with your new guy started right with a feeding plan that addresses complete wellness.  Consulting your vet and doing research about his breed are the first steps in deciding what foods, treats and health aids your dog will benefit from.  Skip synthetic preservatives and fillers and choose food and treats that list a protein in the first 3 ingredients.  Enhance their overall wellbeing with tasty supplements rich in Omega-3s and chews that support dental health.  Isle of Dogs makes holistic wellness a snap with the nourish collection of foods, jerky bites, dental chews and supplements, that offer literally everything you need to reach your dog’s optimum wellness.


Get on a schedule for walks, meals, play and chill time with your dog to create a comforting sense of balance for him.  (This is also critical when potty-training.)  When your dog knows what to expect, he will not commit instinctual energy to thinking where his next meal will come from or how long it will be until he can relieve himself, leaving him calm and free to enjoy his new life.

While we can’t promise there won’t be challenging moments, potentially involving shoes… we can promise that if you are mindful of this new found knowledge, you will avoid countless pitfalls. Congratulate yourself for not only loving him, but going out of your way to prepare by reading articles like this one to ensure this transition goes as smoothly as possible.  You got this! 

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Jane McDonald
Jane McDonald


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