How Long Does It take a Catahoula Leopard Dog to Get Used to a New Home?
It typically takes a Catahoula Leopard Dog one to three months or so to get used to a new home. Of course, all dogs are different. Sometimes, a dog will become accustomed to the new home within a matter of days. Other times, it takes much longer. Puppies and younger dogs will often adapt to their new surroundings faster than older dogs, but it will all depend on the dog and how the new owners welcome them to the house. Let's look at some of the things you can do to make the transition easier for your new Catahoula Leopard Dog.
Don't Overwhelm Your New Dog
It's important that you don't overwhelm your Catahoula Leopard Dog when she first comes to her new home. You should make sure that she has some space of her own where she can go without being bothered by people or other animals if she wants.
While you'll need to introduce her to everyone in the house—humans and animals included—you don't want to bring over too many people all at once. For the first week or two, keep it just to the people who live in the house. You don't want to bring over a large number of people to look at your new dog when she's already feeling nervous.
Some dogs will love all of that attention, but not all of them. This is especially true when it comes to an older dog that's still attached to her old family.
Things She Loves
Dogs love treats, and you should provide an ample amount of treats for her whenever she shows signs of progress with the new family. However, it shouldn't be all about treats. Make sure she has toys and a dog bed of her own. If she has any items that have come with her when you adopted her, let her keep those, at least for now—as long as they're clean. They're essentially security blankets for her, and this can make her feel comfy as she's getting used to her new life.
Include Her in Family Activities
Always be sure to include her in things that you're doing as a family. If you're all heading into the backyard, take her along. Let her go on all of your walks with you. Have her in the room while you're watching TV. Essentially, you want her to feel like she is part of your pack.
Create a Routine
Dogs tend to do well on routines. You'll want to make sure that you set up a routine from day one with your new Catahoula Leopard Dog. Have a schedule for walks, feeding, heading out to the bathroom, etc.
Ultimately, you need to make sure that you're patient with your new dog. She's going through a big transition, and she might not feel comfortable for a few days, weeks, or months. Sometimes, it will feel like she's making great progress, and then she'll revert to being shy or nervous again. Given enough patience, love, and time, though, she'll come around and become the happy, loving dog that you know she can be.
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