One of the questions that first-time adopters ask us the most is how long it takes for an adopted dog to stabilize and feel completely integrated into the family.
So much so that, finally, we have decided to develop a small guide explaining not only what is the average period of adaptation of a furry, but also what can be done to facilitate its integration.
How long does it take for an adopted dog to adopt?
Since each dog is a unique and unrepeatable living being, it is impossible to answer exactly the question of “how long will it take for my dog to adapt”.
That said, what we can tell you is that, as it has been known through different studies, the average adaptation period of a dog to its new home is around two months.
For this, we recommend preparing your home well for the arrival of the new member of the family, and take into account that there are several factors that decisively influence the adaptation time of a dog.
What does it depend on whether a dog adapts sooner or later to its new home?
The two variables that, according to canine psychologists, most influence the speed of adaptation of a dog to its new home are:
The age of the dog
Puppies tend to have much faster adaptation periods than adult dogs.
This is due, on the one hand, to the fact that they carry amuch lighter backpack of souvenirs than senior dogs and, on the other, to the fact that the animals’ ability to adaptis much greater during the first months of life.
The health of the dog
As various studies show, healthy dogs take less time to adapt than dogs that, as a result of their past or their passage through the kennel, suffer some type of physical or mental deterioration.
Tips to make it easier for an adopted dog to adapt
1.Arm yourself with patience. Do not be in a hurry because your dog adapts or because he learns everything you want to teach him. With perseverance, left hand and a lot of affection he will end up adapting and enjoying a full life.
2.Leave it to your own devices. During the first few days avoid being on top of him all the time or claiming his attention. Allow him to roam freely around the house and let him be the one who, when he deems it appropriate, looks for you.
3.Offer your own space. Find him a quiet place inside the house and place a comfortable camera and a few toys there that he can entertain himself with.
4.Buy him a feeder and a drinker and place them in a place where there is not much noise or distractions so that he can eat and drink at ease whenever he feels like it.
5.Do not lose the papers if you see that during the first days at home your new best friend marks some corners with urine. And it is proven that constant negative reinforcement, such as shouting and punishment, can end up affecting the mood of your pet.
6. Even if you love him very much, avoid being all day giving him kisses and hugs. According to experts, the best way to show that you love him is by giving him a comfortable and quiet space.
7. If your dog has spent a lot of time in a kennel or shelter we recommend that you take him to visit from time to time so that he can keep in touch, both with his caregivers and his canine friends.
8. As ethologists often repeat, accompaniment is essential during the first days, so, if you can, try not to leave it alone for a long time during the first month at home.
9.Dogs are routine animals, so the sooner you start setting some times to eat, go for a walk or exercise, the better it will be for their mental balance.
10.Start with short walks, not far from home and letting him decide when and with whom to socialize.
11. Even if it costs you, wait to introduce it to your family and friends, since an excess of stimuli during the first days after adoption can generate stress.
12. In the event thatyou present aggressive behavior, do not wait to seek professional help, since in these cases time is decisive.
13. If you see that, for no apparent reason, he is excessively sad, fearful or nervous, try to increase the doses of affection and games with him and, if he does not improve, go to the veterinarian.
Although at first it may seem difficult, we assure you that with time, desire, patience and love you will end up getting your new best friend to end up adapting to your family and their new and happy life.