How Long Does It Take a Shih Tzu to Get Used to a New Home?
Although every dog is different, it'll typically take between one and three months for a Shih Tzu to get used to a new home. Many factors are involved in how long they take to adjust. Often, puppies and younger dogs adjust faster. Older dogs who've been with the same owner for years can have a more difficult time. With patience and some work, though, it's possible to help create a safe place where she feels comfortable and becomes used to her new home.
Provide Patience, Love, and Some Space
When you bring home your new Shih Tzu, you'll want to ensure that she has some space that will be her own. Provide a nice doggie pillow and some toys in a quiet corner of the living room or another room of the house. Let her get used to the house slowly. Give her a tour of the places she's allowed to go and use a calming, gentle voice. Don't try to force her to get used to the new home because that's just going to backfire.
She'll be scared when she arrives in most cases because everything is so new. Realize that she's not going to be ready to socialize and be a "regular" dog for a little while. You'll also want to realize that there could be some accidents in the beginning. You don't know her schedule and she hasn't adapted to yours.
This is why it's so important to create a schedule as soon as possible. She should be fed at the same times each day, and she should be going out for walks and to the bathroom at the same time. Of course, you'll still want to watch her behavior and take her out on a leash if she gives signs of wanting to go to the bathroom.
Keep things low key for a few weeks around the house, too. Even though you're happy and proud to have a new, lovable dog, you don't want to invite people over. She needs space where she feels comfortable and comes to see the house as "her place". Bringing over a bunch of new people every few days to look at her can slow down her adjustment.
If You Allow Friends and Family to Adopt
One of the best ways to rehome your dog is to find someone in your family or friend circle that's looking to adopt. It tends to be fast and easy, and you have more peace of mind since you know the adopter. However, you have to be careful. You don't want your dog to become confused. Once she's been adopted, allow her plenty of time to settle into her new home and with her new family before visiting.
She'll Feel at Home Soon Enough
It might be a few weeks, or it might be a few months, but eventually, she'll feel right at home and will love you and your family. Just give her the time she needs and remember to be patient.
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