by Sam O’Connor, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Don’t expect too much too soon
Changing environments can often cause a dog to feel a little stressed & overwhelmed and it is important to allow the dog to settle in at its own pace.
Start as you mean to go on
Sit & discuss as a family what the new dog is going to be allowed & not allowed to do – such as getting on the sofa, being allowed in bedrooms, etc.
Too many behaviour & training problems stem from inconsistency in the home and can be easily avoided with all members of the household treating the dog in the same way.
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