I adopted a new dog recently; he’s a young Border Collie named Loki. Although we’d been planning on getting a new dog for a long time, his arrival shook my world and interrupted the comfortable life routine I had built. While he’s brought love and happiness into my life, he also helped me learn a few things. Here are 2 life lessons from adopting a new dog.


Ignore Your Expectations

I had quite a few expectations when I first adopted my new furry friend. Within the first day of living with my new addition, I had to through all of my expectations and assumptions out the window! I was forced to look at the situation from a new perspective to find a quick and productive solution.

I wasn’t prepared for being so overwhelmed! I had adopted a dog before, but was fortunate enough to have chosen one that was already housebroken! House training an adult dog, especially a confused and stubborn border collie proved to be a challenge!

Embrace Structure

In order to train my new dog from the first day he entered my apartment, I embraced crate training. Crate training can seem harsh, like a jail for a pet, but it’s actual a humane and safe way to quickly acclimate your puppy into your home, letting him have time to process new smells and experiences in a safe place he can call his.

It proved to be extremely effective too! Within 5 days of steady and intent crate training complete with treats, love and praise, Loki was housebroken! The structure of the crate and the routine of the day was something for him to hold onto and feel safe.

I learned a ton about myself from adopting my new dog. Have you learned any lessons from adopting pets?

Photo: Elizabeth Adan

By Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth at www.elizabethadan.com, on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.

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