Adopting a dog – what to expect
Don’t expect your new companion to form a strong relationship with your family in the beginning. Whether you have adopted a young puppy or a more mature dog this transition is going to take some time. Once everyone in your household gets to know each other and is comfortable in their environment the bond will grow naturally.
If you have other animals, bringing in a new member can be very stressful for those already in residence. You must make sure that you do not neglect the animal already in the home. One of the best ways to encourage good relationships is to give both the new and old structured attention. This means to say their name and give a treat in rotation while they are in the same room.
What you will need:
Bringing your new family member home is just the beginning. You will need to provide a bed and a crate (always a good idea) and collar and leash. Think about the food you intend to give your dog, I would recommend you feed your dog the best food you can afford. Do some research about what is best. And last but not least you will need a good veterinarian and a dog trainer. Ask friends and family for recommendations,
Then enjoy you new found friend, include them in as many family activities as you can and you will have a wonderful companion for many years.