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What to Expect When Bringing Your Dog Home
Bringing a new dog home is both a stressful and exciting time! This is a huge change for both your new friend and your entire family. It's important to have an idea of what you can expect!
Your new dog may not act as expected the first few days. They may have accidents in the house, even if they are housebroken. They may not show much of an interest in playing, and may not eat well. They might sleep a lot, or be very restless. Keep in mind that they've just made a huge transition. They're in a foreign place, surrounded by people they don't know if they can trust.
Give them patience and lots of love at this time. Some dogs will adjust quickly to a new home, while others may take a few months. Make sure to talk to your veterinarian if your new dog is still having trouble eating or is continuing to have accidents after a couple of weeks. There may be a health-related problem going on.
On your end, you may experience post-adoption regret. This is an often unexpected feeling of sadness, regret, and detachment to your new dog in the days and sometimes weeks following an adoption. These feelings may come as a surprise, since you love your new dog and do want them. Understand that these feelings are normal; it's simply a response to your routine and family dynamic changing. Give it time, and these feelings should subside.
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