Recognizing the adjustment period–and successfully managing it–is a very important part of helping your newly adopted dog to become part of your family. Remember, becoming a house pet can involve a very dramatic change for your dog. The adjustment period could take up to two weeks or may last only a few days. Some dogs can exhibit stress symptoms such as whining, pacing, reluctance to eat and housebreaking accidents. Your patience during this period will help to alleviate much of the stress that your dog is experiencing. It will also allow you the human to maintain a human home, with pets.
Exercise your dog regularly to help ensure that he is resting or sleeping during quiet times, not bored and looking for something to do. Do not try to suppress their natural tendency to chew. Instead, redirect their chewing to acceptable toys.
Do not give them discarded household items to chew. (Shoes, socks, plastic cartons, etc.) How is the dog to distinguish between the prohibited household items and the acceptable items? Pick up those things that you do not want the dog to have. It takes a while for the dog to learn all the human rules.
Confine your dog when you cannot supervise. Confinement is more humane than screaming at your dog every time he picks up a taboo object and chasing him around the house.
People are not always going to be available and when people leave, they always come back again.
Be sure that you also train the dog to not get excited when you leave or come home by being very nonchalant. As flattering as it is when your dog hates to see you leave and loves to see you return, it can lead to problems. Do your dog a favor by training it that being alone is a good thing.