Adopting a dog is an exciting time, but it can also come with some unexpected challenges. For example, if your new pup is struggling with stress and anxiety, you'll have to take some steps to help mitigate the problem. The first step is a visit to the vet, because you'll want to rule out any significant health concerns. If there are no serious medical issues, you'll have to start working with your pooch to ease his or her anxiety.

Allow for Adjustment

When you bring a new dog into the house, it takes time for you to adjust to having the dog there. It's also going to take the dog time to adjust to being there. Similarly, it's going to take the dog time to adjust to the new surroundings. Until he or she gets used to the new place, anxiety is possible. To ease the stress of this adjustment, try to stay home with your dog for those first few days.

If you have to leave the house for work regularly, you'll want to have a couple of days to acclimate your pup to being alone. Work progressively, starting with short trips. Leave the house for ten to fifteen minutes before coming back. Repeat this process several times, increasing the length of time you're gone each time until you can leave for the same amount of time as you're normally gone for work during the day without your dog showing distress.

Most dogs respond well to this type of progressive conditioning. If it doesn't work well for your new pup you may need to work with a veterinarian to find a medical treatment that helps ease your dog's anxiety when you are away.

Make Things Predictable

Dogs can become accustomed to a routine, and when they do, it helps to ease some anxiety caused by uncertainty. By making your dog's environment predictable, it provides a sense of consistency. Plan your daily schedule so that your dog has a clear routine. For example, walk the pup at the same times every day. That way, you set the expectation that walks will happen at certain times, which may even help to reduce potty-training accidents. This schedule also helps to provide your dog with the confidence that you will return every day.

These tips will help your dog relax, which may reduce the issues with separation anxiety. Your dog's vet will be able to help you with other ideas to help ease that new-home transition.

To learn more, visit a vet clinic like Pet Medical Center – Full Service Veterinary Care.