Welcoming a New Dog into Your Home During Pawternity Leave

The Ultimate Guide

If you're considering of adopting a new four-legged buddy, you'll need to do some research beforehand. However, preparing to bring home a new puppy or rescue dog is only half the battle; the real effort begins the moment your new dog enters your house. Some individuals take paid (or unpaid) time off work to help with the adjustment, giving rise to a new term: "pawternity leave."

Are you about to grow your fur family? Pawternity time is the best way to ease the transition for you and your new puppy pal or rescue dog.

What to Expect During the Adoption Process

There are a few things you should know about the dog adoption procedure before you bring your new puppy home. It might take some time to find the ideal rescue and puppy for your needs.

Contact local rescue organizations or those that specialize in breeds that suit your lifestyle. Prepare to provide them some basic information about your family, your home and yard, and your experience with dogs. Many organizations now provide a home visit, which is a terrific opportunity to puppy-proof your home and discuss what you're seeking for in a new furry family member.

You should have everything you need for your new dog to feel at home by the time adoption day arrives—a secure place to sleep, food and water bowls, leash, collar with identification tags, and lots of toys.

Why Taking a 'Pawternity Leave' Holiday Can Be Beneficial for Your New Dog

When you bring your puppy home, the real job begins, which is why pawternity leave is so crucial. When you bring home a new puppy, you can take paid or unpaid time off from work. Employers are beginning to recognize the importance of four-legged family members in our lives, and the notion is growing on.

Bringing home a new puppy or dog is a major life adjustment, and it's only natural that you'd need some time to adjust. Whether or not your company gives pawternity leave, take time off work or put your life on wait for a few days to give your new furry companion a proper welcome.

Consider this: Apart from your encouraging comments as you put him into the car, your new puppy has just left a familiar area with no explanation as to what's going on. He's now in a completely different environment, with new sights, scents, and noises. Dogs are also pack creatures, and your new puppy has joined a new "pack," which can be stressful.

Almost everyone who has brought a puppy home has had one (or more) restless nights due to a weeping puppy. The joy of a new pet combined with a lack of sleep means tiredness. This may be enough of a reason to take a few days off when getting a new puppy!

Building Trust: How to Establish a Good Relationship with Your New Dog

So, how are you going to maximize your pawternity leave? Spend time with your new puppy or rescue dog to form a strong bond. Start off on the right foot—er, paw—with these helpful hints.

1. Start Slow

No doubt you’re excited to go everywhere and do everything with your new sidekick but take it easy on your pup the first few days.

Plan to spend the first 24 to 48 hours of your dog's life around the house or in close vicinity to help him feel at ease. It's also important to avoid overcrowding your dog with guests. Instead, introduce new people and locations to your dog cautiously and gradually.

2. Get into a Routine

Utilize your free time at home to assist your puppy or dog in learning the in your home. Even if you're on a pawternity leave, wake up at the same time every day and stick to a feeding schedule. A schedule is beneficial to dogs, and there's no better time to start than the day you bring your new pet home.

Pro Tip

To encourage your dog to eat while also building a relationship, try hand feeding. Hand feeding builds trust between you and your dog while also demonstrating that you have nice goodies to offer!

Take your dog outside at regular intervals to teach him when and where it is appropriate to relieve himself. However, accidents can happen, so don't be irritated if you have to clean up messes now and again. When housetraining a puppy who doesn't know any better, this is easy to remember, but it might be more difficult when adopting an adult dog from a shelter or rescue. Remember that your dog's potty habits might be affected by stress. Your dog will quickly understand what is expected of him if you are persistent and positive.

3. Have Some Fun

With age-appropriate toys and games, spend some time having fun with your new puppy or dog. It's fun to watch which activities, such as fetch or hide-and-seek, your new dog prefers and which toys become instant favorites.

Play time should be balanced with quality rest and relaxation. Playing with your dog may help him relax and release tension, while asking him to recline on the sofa with you will make him feel safe and cherished.

Two Paws up for Pawternity Leave

Do you think pawternity leave is a fantastic idea? This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bond with your pet. Make the most of it to build a trusting and loving bond with your new furry friend.

Take advantage of pawternity leave if you're lucky enough to work for a pet-friendly employer that offers it. Otherwise, try taking PTO or scheduling your new dog's adoption around a long weekend or other vacation time.