When you own a dog every day makes a difference but the days that are the most important happen within the first month after you've adopted your Pomsky. If you are a previous dog owner, you know how hard it is for your pet to get used to their new home. The environment they live in is entirely different than what they are used to, and this could even cause anxiety in your pup. That is why the first month is supercritical for your puppy. New expectations will be in place and new standards. Making sure that you have a clear structure and routine is very important when you start to become a Pomsky owner, and it will eventually help you have less stress when you take care of your pet.
Are there things I can do before I bring my dog home?
Dog Proof the House
You should first make sure you have a doggy station with all your Pomskies food bowls, food, and toys. When you have an area ready for your pup, this way they will feel more at home and welcomed. A new environment can make your puppy is scared and uncomfortable. To help your Pomsky feel at home, ask the previous owner questions about the environment your Pomsky lived in before. Try to have things in the house that will make your dog feel at home and comfortable. Use items that are similar to what your dog is used to at his previous home. The next step I suggest is that you have your house dog-proofed and ready to go. Dogs tend to play with electrical cords and easy to reach objects. The steps you take for your new dog are similar to the procedures that a babysitter would take. You do not want any small objects that your Pomsky could choke on lying around the house. Do not leave out any harsh chemicals out. Make sure that plants are placed in an area that your dog won't be able to break or tip, and have baby gates around the area you will mostly have your dog located in.
Be Prepared at Pick-up
Have your ID card and phone number with you when you pick up your Pomsky. If your Pomsky is microchipped, make sure that you have all your information with the chips company just in case. Sometimes rescue shelters will have already provided this.
What do I do when my Pomsky gets home?
Training your Pup
You need to start training your puppy the same week it comes into your home. If you are accepted for one of our Pomsky Puppies, you will have an option to let us train your amazing Pomsky leaving the hard work to us. If not, there are a lot of tools and options, and you can take to make self-training your Pomsky easier. The sooner you begin to train your Pomsky; the more comfortable and better behaved your Pomsky will act. Take your time to find any words that you would like to train your Pomsky to react with. Make sure to give the list to anyone that will be around the dog to make life easier for you while training your dog.
Picking up your Pomsky
When you pick up your Pomsky it is important that you are calm and relieved of stress. Be prepared beforehand of what actions you want to take during particular situations. Ask questions like what food you should give your Pomsky, how he likes to be greeted, and any other information you think is useful.
During the Drive
When you are driving home, make sure to have something for your dog to be contained in whether it's a small crate or a kennel. Some dogs get motion sickness, so you must drive as smooth as possible and stay by your Pomskies side during the drive.
The First Day
The first thing you should do when you get home is show your dog where he will be going to the bathroom and the area his food will be located. Even if your puppy has already been trained, new sounds and smells can throw it off track, so you must be patient with your Pomsky. If accidents do occur outside of the toiletry area stay calm and bring your dog to the potty area immediately.
Moving is stressful for your dog, and that is why the first day and first impressions are so crucial for it. Give your Pomsky time to walk around and get used to its new home. Do not introduce your dog to strangers on the first day as this can be very confusing to your dog. Make sure that children are not overwhelming your dog. It is okay to introduce your Pomsky to your children, but their first impressions with your children will be super important as well.
Start a Schedule
Get a schedule put together and start to incorporate it throughout the first day and the following month. If you can keep the same routine and schedule for the coming days, your pup will be easy to train.
The First Two Weeks
Award good behavior
Remember your Pomsky does not know what is wrong or right. To help them know the difference, make sure you are rewarding your Pomsky with treats whenever you catch them doing something useful like sitting quietly or playing with its toys. Throughout the first month, you will want to reward good behavior and give your puppy less attention to bad behavior. Pomskies love attention and whatever attention they receive they will want more of it.
Make sure you remain calm as much as possible and do not raise your voice around your Pomsky. Raising your voice makes your dog feel it is okay for it to bark or whine. If you have a soft kind voice it will help your dog become calmer and this way you won't have to worry about disturbing your neighbors.
Ask the previous owner about any training equipment that was used while your Pomsky was there. Try to incorporate objects they are used to in their training. Also, remember to ask about any training words that they may have already used while they were at their old home.
The Rest of the Month
This is when your dog's true personality starts to show, and it may become more hyper or energetic. You must continue to stick to your schedule and procedures. Don't let your Pomsky decide when you do certain activities but also do not make it wait longer than it needs to for exercise and playtime, same goes for food and breaks.
Get a checkup
Go to the vet to make sure that your Pomsky is looking healthy. Ask your vet if there is anything you should be doing to help your Pomsky stay in shape and get the nutrition it needs. During the last few months, you will also be setting more and more standards for your Pomsky. Make sure that you are not letting your Pomsky get away with bad behavior during these days but do not raise your voice or use a harsh tone for longer than a few seconds.
This article was intended to help you get a better understanding of how to handle your Pomsky throughout the first month after adoption. If you are interested in adding a Brookside Pomsky to your family, you can visit our available puppies page or fill out an application. Congratulations on your journey of becoming a fantastic dog owner.