Make sure there is no one in the house, not pet or family. Just you and the dog. If he’s going to be a house dog, guide him in through the front door of the house and take him out of the crate or off the leash.
Hopefully, the family is in another room as well as any other pets. You need to keep the dog calm. Let him sniff and explore.
Let The New Dog Meet The Family One At A Time So He Isn’t Overwhelmed.
Don’t have three kids rushing at him and wanting to pick him up. Let the dog explore and sniff his way through these first meetings, one child at a time.
If you have a back yard that is fenced in, it may be a great time to open the back door and let him explore. By then he’ll want to pee and pooh, excited as he is. Give him a little time to explore.
If a house dog, and you already have another dog, make sure you bring the new dog to the older dog already in the house. You’re not uprooting the original dog’s territory. You’re inviting the new dog into the territory, and being the master of the house, your older dog should respect your wishes.
Make it easier on yourself. Have the rest of the family go for a walk for about twenty minutes. You need time for the pets to get to know each other.
After a while, depending on how well the two dogs are doing, introduce in the same manner, any other pets, dogs or cats, one at a time.
By the time the family returns from their walk things should be calm. The dogs and cats may be ignoring each other, but they’ll soon realize they are meant to live together under one roof.
You’ll need to escort the new dog outside every 2 hours at first to pee. Get him use to the idea that is what is expected. Dogs brought home from a shelter may not have had the opportunity to pee outside. You’ll need to correct that behavior. Just need to bring the housebreaking rules back into perspective.
Above all, be patient. Your new dog will take a few days to truly fit in.