How long do dogs take to settle to new surroundings?

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Old 09-11-2011, 09:34 AM
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How long do dogs take to settle to new surroundings?

I have just rehomed a 5 year old lab. she is great in loads of ways, she is apparently house trained, and used to be left alone. Last night, she wouldnt settle downstairs, even though she had been excersized, and today, when i was out shopping for a couple of hours, she had pooed twice, and weed once, it was the same during the night. I know she needs time to settle, but how long
does it generally take for them to settle? Any advice please?
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Generally about 6 weeks to fully acclimate.
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ditto seebrown. some dogs seem to settle in more quickly than others, and some dogs might take months before they are comfy. you ALWAYS need to start over with house training any new dog though, even a dog who appeared house trained in a different environment needs to be re-taught the ropes when you bring him/her into your house congrats
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It took Billy around 6 months to settle down fully with us. When we got him from the shelter we 'assumed' he was NOT house trained so treated him like a new puppy even though he was an adult dog. Good luck.
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Lol... It took rusty... Oh... About an hour. It was hysterical. Came in all shaky like, I don't think he had ever been in a house. Had a good sniff, found his brand new dog bed surrounded by toys and bones and settled in for a good nap. After that he declared himself at home and ruled the roost! With Dillon I don't think he ever settled, in the whole 6mo we had him, there was something just not... Right... About that dog.

I think it really depends on you and the dog. With Rust we never pushed him to do anything when he came home. He explored on his own and he adjusted well...
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Kasper seemed settled after a few days with us, but a lot of his true behaviours and personality quirks didn't emerge for a good few months...

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I dont know about rescues but when I moved it took Jo, the pup like... A few days to settle, while it took Izze about 6 wks or so. I also re taught them the ropes on where /when to use the restroom (basically, if its not dirt/grass, then we dont potty on it)
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