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3 Days to Decompress

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • May feel scared or unsure of what’s going on
  • Not yet comfortable to be “themself”
  • May not want to eat or drink
  • Shuts down and/or hides under furniture
  • Tests the boundaries

3 Weeks to Learn Your Routine

  • Starts settling in
  • Feels more comfortable
  • Realises this could be their forever home
  • Figures out their environment
  • Gets into a routine
  • Lets their guard down; beginning to show their true personality
  • Behaviour issues may appear

3 Months to Start to Feel at Home

  • Finally feels completely comfortable in their home
  • Begins to build trust and a true bond
  • Gains a complete sense of security with their new family
  • Settles into a routine

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