Adopting a dog from an animal shelter is a wonderful way to help reduce our country’s population of unwanted pets, but rescue dogs often have special needs. Since rescued animals been subjected to stress and abandonment before, it’s important to be especially understanding as your pooch adjusts to his new home.
Rescue dogs are prone to running as they adjust to a new home. It is a good idea to buy an ID tag with your phone number on it for your dog’s collar. If you’ve had him microchipped, make sure your contact information is registered with the chip’s company.
Create a safe environment for your pooch by “dog proofing” your home. Tape loose electrical cords to baseboards, make sure household chemicals are stored out of reach, and install baby gates in areas of your home you do not want your dog to go. If you have expensive breakable items on display, it would also be a good idea to remove these from your home until you have a better sense of how your dog will react.
When you first bring your dog home, take him to his toilet area immediately. Plan on spending a good amount of time in this area to make sure your pet knows this is where he is to relieve himself, but don’t be discouraged if accidents occur. It’s common for house trained pets to backtrack due to the stress of moving.
To avoid gastric distress, ask the animal shelter what and when your dog was fed. Duplicate the same feeding schedule at home for the first few days, then institute a gradual switch if needed.
Try to set up a consistent schedule of feeding, toileting, play, and exercise so your new dog will know what to expect for his daily routine. Even through friends and extended family may want to come check out the newest addition to your family, avoid too much excitement until your dog has had a chance to settle in.
After a week or two has passed, consider enrolling in an obedience class to learn how to train your dog with positive reinforcement. Training and discipline will help create a happy home for both you and your pooch!
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When training your rescue dog, treats from Green Bark Gummies are an excellent choice. Green Bark Gummies are free of any artificial flavors, colors, wheat, corn, and soy, and are also non-GMO. They are available in formulas for dogs that are both under 30 pounds (Skin & Coat and Healthy Digestion) and over 30 pounds (Hip & Joint and Skin & Coat varieties).