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How Do I Prepare for My New Adopted Dog?

Q:

When I bring my newly adopted dog home, what are some important things to remember?

A:

Dogs are pack animals that live by social hierarchy. When a dog enters a new home he is looking for that structure. It is important for obedience and stability that the dog sees all the people in the family as leaders.

To help establish yourselves as leader don't allow the dog on furniture since this puts the dog on the same level as you. Don't use baby talk. To you it might convey affection, but to the dog it's not perceived as leadership. As you move around your home, go through the doors first and allow your dog to follow you. Teach the dog to wait at the door and when he is responding say "let's go" to clearly signal that you'll both going somewhere together.


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