Bringing home a new dog is a major life change for people. As excited as you are, there’s still an adjustment period that takes place whenever you introduce a new companion into your life. If you’re the proud owner of a new furry canine friend, you’re perhaps in the midst of this adjustment period now and could use some encouragement.
Between potty training, leash training, and getting your dog used to its new environment, it’s a busy time with a lot of change in the air. It takes time, attention, and energy to get you and your new friend situated, but is one of the best investments that you can make.
Educating yourself with dog training videos, reading helpful articles from sites like Freshpet Reviews, and asking experts for advice will quickly accelerate the learning curve period. While it’s wonderful bringing a new dog home and will create memories that last a lifetime, there can also be a challenging phase while getting used to the new routine.
Just remember that when your new dog messes in the house or pulls on the leash a little too hard, this is only temporary and brighter days are ahead. Here’s why:
An Unconditionally Loving Best Friend
You’ve perhaps heard this before, but it is undoubtedly true – dogs are unconditionally loving towards their owners, have no judgments one way or the other, and simply accept you for who you are. If only all humans could be this way. Remember that your new companion is going to be your best friend and will be there through all of the ups and downs with open arms and tail wagging.
Brighten Your Day
If you’re feeling blue, never fear, just tell your dog all about it, give them a hug, and love on them. They’re just happy that you’re around no matter how you’re feeling.
According to HelpGuide.com, studies have shown that “pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets” and “playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.”
Looks like sunny days are ahead for you and your new friend.
Present Moment Masters
If there is one thing to be said about a dog, or any animal for that matter, it’s that they are totally in the moment. There is much that humans can learn from them when it comes to being present. Dogs are just completely in the here and now with whatever is going on around them.
They are excellent at using their senses to be present. They listen attentively to every sound, and sniff all around to investigate their environment. They’re also present and non-judgmental towards people without living in the past. They are such amazing teachers.
If you’re in the midst of adjusting to your new dog, these are just some tidbits to keep in mind. There are so many wonderful ways that dogs can enhance your life. They’re loyal, loving, and accepting of who you are no matter what. They’re the type of friend that everyone should strive to be.