What Can I Do to Help My New Dog Settle In
QUESTION: We recently rescued a 1 year old female Boarder Collie. She always seems on edge like she's not sure what to do. She jumps and barks at every little sound. How can I get her to relax and settle in? I want her to be a part of the family and enjoy her life with us.
Another great way to offer structure is to give her a predictable daily routine. Setting up a feeding schedule (Example: 7am and 7pm), go for walks at around the same time and groom her regularly. Set up daily play sessions, training sessions and some plain old "hang out" times. These will make her feel right at home in no time!
This kind of
interaction and structure will also serve as a way to build an incredible
bond between her and the humans in the home. Building this strong
bond will make training much easier too. It takes some extra time
and effort on your part, but the more time you put in to it the
faster it will happen.
Other things that can help your dog adjust more quickly are:
The use of a
crate as a den.
exercised and tired.
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