More and more households in our country have a dog as a member of the family. According to the latest statistics, there are around 6 million dogs in Spain. And the figure continues to grow. On special dates such as Christmas there is an increase in both the purchase of puppies and the adoption of adult dogs.
Picart, aware of this reality, emphasises the importance of considering adoption as the first choice when adding a new furry member to the family. This choice not only provides a loving home for dogs in desperate need, but also helps to reduce the number of abandoned animals and fosters a responsible culture of animal care. Through this premise, it opens up opportunities to enjoy the company and benefits that a dog brings to the home, while making a positive difference in the lives of these adorable canine companions.
On the other hand, we must be aware that the arrival of a dog at home, as well as being a great source of excitement for the whole family, means a change in routines. Sharing our life with a dog has a lot of benefits, but the beginnings can be a bit chaotic, to avoid this, we propose some basic steps for the adaptation process.
Having a puppy motivates us for different reasons, but there is one essential commitment: to always take the best possible care of them! When a new member arrives at home, everything is new for them. That is why it is vital to have clear guidelines for adaptation, especially in the first few days. These guidelines apply to both puppies and adults. There are special factors to take in consideration if the dog is a baby – don’t forget that every shared moment is an opportunity to educate it!
Guidelines for Successful Adaptation
For the first few days remember: “Patience first”. Once he arrives home, try not to overwhelm him too much. Everything is new for him and he needs a period of adaptation that will depend on the history of each dog.
Maintain a routine of walks and feeding times. It is important to establish habits so that he gets used to the rhythm of his new home. It will help you to promote a stable, calm behaviour and to connect with him.
Do not leave him alone (especially with things of value nearby) so that he cannot destroy any part of the home. Take advantage of holidays to be with him and try leaving him alone progressively, always with water and a bit of food.
Gradually engage in new activities and new contacts. We do not know how they will react, so it is important to observe them and see how they respond to different situations. It is also not advisable to leave the little ones alone with them for the first few days.
Finally, the food should be the same as what he was eating before, but it is often complicated, either because it is difficult to know, or because we decide to feed him a higher quality food such as Picart Select Dog or Nutribest, or because we want to offer something adapted to his needs.
Adaptation may take time, but following these guidelines will make it easier! Patience and care will help your new companion become a member of the family.