How Long Does It Take a Chihuahua to Get Used to a New Home?
How long does it take a Chihuahua to get used to a new home? This is a question you may ask if you're adopting a pet or if you're considering giving up a pet. Some expect a dog to jump right in to a new routine and to feel safe and happy right away, but many dogs need time to adjust. Dogs can take weeks, or even months, to fully blossom in a new environment.
Helping a Dog Adjust
You might love your Chihuahua to pieces, but he may not return those feelings right away. Whether he's been through a traumatic experience or just misses his old family, be sure to give your dog as much time as he needs to feel safe and to learn your routines.
The sad thing is that many dogs are returned to shelters after a week or so, because the dog "isn't fitting in." In most cases, he would fit if given a chance. Here are some tips for success:
- Don't expect too much. Be realistic, expect accidents and mistakes, and move on.
- Get advice from a vet or behavior specialists if needed.
- Create a routine and stick to it.
- Provide a crate or other comfortable spot where your dog can feel safe.
Understanding the needs of your dog may help you be more patient. If you're consistent, you'll notice positive changes over time as your Chihuahua gets used to you and his new surroundings.
If you don't see positive changes, talk to a trainer about ways to be the leader your dog needs and for advice about how you can help your dog to feel safe and secure in your home.
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