Introducing your dog to your new crush can have its difficulties. Read on for ways to make it smoother.
53% of households in America have a dog, so when you’re in a new relationship, the odds are that you are going to be introduced to their other significant other – their dog! 😊 🐶
When you’re the one with a dog at home, you may want to introduce your new partner gradually, going for walks together before bringing them into your home. This is especially important if you have a dog that has a tendency to be possessive.
You might want to also broach the subject of your dog’s diet – if your pooch is the only one that has meat for dinner.
Introducing your dog – The first meeting
Taking your dog for a walk together is the ideal way of introducing your new partner to your pooch. In fact, going for a country walk is also a good idea for a casual date. You can head out together in the late morning with a vegan or vegetarian picnic, and enjoy some delicious lunch while out in nature. Most dogs require one or two hours of walks every day, so you can explain to your new partner that this is part of your daily routine. Walking the dog is also a wonderful way to wind down together at the end of the day, and to stay fit and healthy.
Love me, love my dog
When you have a dog, they are a big part of your life. Let’s face it, dogs are basically furry, non-verbal children. It is important to explain to your new partner that your dog is one of the family too. There are big advantages to having a dog, especially if you are working from home, as 42% of the population currently is. Dog’s offer loyal companionship, and 66% of people working from home say they feel happier for their dog being there. Dogs are great for wellbeing when you’re working and give routine to your life, so it’s important that your new partner understands the importance of your dog’s routine within your working schedule. A new partner will need to understand that your dog is important to you – they are never “just a dog.”
Introducing your dog – Possessive dogs
If you think about how excited your dog gets when you come home, you will understand how much you mean to your dog. This can explain why some dogs get possessive or jealous of new people in your life. You may even find your dog trying to push between you when you are sitting on the sofa enjoying a glass of vegan wine. Your dog may even whine and shove you, and some dogs have been known to go for more extreme attention-seeking behavior, such as being destructive. It is important to be consistent and firm with your dog if this is the case, and send the message that this behavior is not acceptable.
When you find a new partner, it is a good idea to introduce your dog gradually. Start with some walks, and you will soon find that your dog will be sitting on their lap and welcoming them into your home with excitement.
So there you have it!
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