Updated: Nov 14, 2020
🎈Bringing Home a Rescue Dog🎈
✨While rescue dogs come from various backgrounds and experiences, they all share one important fact: they are dogs, and the dog you choose needs to be understood and treated as such.
✨Just like us, dogs need order and leadership.
✨They seek structure, structure which you must provide. Your dog needs to know that you that you have a set of house rules.
✨This makes the transition to your home easier, faster and more rewarding.
🎈Establish Ground Rules in the First Days
☄️At first, limit your dog to one room or area. This allows him time to become familiar with the smells and sounds of his new home. Try to limit your time away from home those first days; your spending time with him will help him to become more comfortable in his new, unfamiliar home.
☄️Keep your dog on leash while inside your home for the first few weeks so you can immediately teach him what behaviors are and are not acceptable by showing and guiding him through the appropriate exercises. For safety’s sake, NEVER leave a leash on your dog when he is unsupervised. (We will cover & talk about decompression at later date).
☄️Your rescue dog should NOT be left alone in the house with your existing pets until you have carefully monitored and controlled their interactions for a period of time. (We will cover dog introductions at later date).
☄️Expect house training accidents. Your dog is in a new territory and is establishing a new routine, so accidents probably will happen. The key is to be consistent and maintain a routine.
☄️Dogs instinctively like to den, and a crate makes the ideal place for your dog to sleep and get away from household craziness. While crate training also makes house training and training in general easier, limit the amount of time the dog is crated. The crate should be roomy enough to allow your dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. An alternative to a crate is a dog-proofed part of your home, such as a laundry or mud room. You can use a tall baby gate or dog gate to block off the area from the rest of the house. (We will cover crate training at a later date).
☄️For the first few days, limit guest visits to allow your dog to get comfortable with his new family.
*Information obtained from Adopt-a-Pet*