He’s just a cute ball of fluff at this point, but you already love him, as do the rest of the family. But he’s just a timid and shy puppy at the moment and he’s not sure what to make of his new home. He spends much of the time cowering in his crate, unsure how to act. It can be the same when you bring rescue dogs into your home. It’s a whole new environment for them and it can be extremely daunting. Training him to accept his new home is essential if you want him to be relaxed and happy.
You need to comfort him and assure him, otherwise, you may find that his nervousness causes him to pee all over your new floor. You also need to socialize him, so training him to accept his new home is essential if you want to be able to train him to accept other people and pets.
Training your dog to accept his new home is pretty straightforward. The thing to remember is, it will take time. You need to gradually introduce him to his new house in a calm and controlled manner. That also means introducing him to other family members carefully. You’ll need to use treats and toys to put him at ease and tempt him around his new home. You’ll also have to ensure he has his own space to retreat to when he’s stressed.
If he’s a puppy, he’ll soon be inquisitive and bursting with energy. You could see results in just a week or so. If he’s older and coming to your home then he may be shy and need three weeks before he starts to feel at home. Succeeding with this training will ensure a happy and harmonious home. It will give you a dog that’s willing to come out of his bed and spend time with you in the evenings.
Before he arrives you’ll need to gather a few bits. Find a quiet space where he’ll have some privacy. Try and put his bed somewhere where he’ll have at least a couple of walls around him. You’ll then need to stock up on treats and a few toys to keep him content.
Set aside a few minutes each day for playing gently with him and introducing him to his new home. If he’s a puppy you may also need a crate for these first few weeks.
Once you’ve got all of the above it’s time to get to work!