Once you have adopted your rescue dog, it will need to feel welcome in its new home. A new environment can be a cause for stress, which is something that you’d not want your new dog to feel. Make the transition as easy and smooth as possible by following these useful tips:
Set limitations and boundaries – as soon as you bring your new dog home, do not give it free rein. Do not let it jump on top of your furniture or chew on your items. Do not let it enter rooms that are off-limits. Be consisted with showing it its boundaries.
Make sure your dog is healthy – ideally, you should take it to the vet for an exam even if the center has already done preliminary checkups with your dog. Make sure its vaccinations are up to date and that routine tests have been made.
Establish a routine – dogs are creatures of habit and find security in routine activities. Feed your new dog at regular times and at the same spot in the house. Take it out for daily walks and exercise at a specific time in the day.
Get to know your dog – shelters and rescue centers can only provide a certain amount of information about your new dog, such as its basic characteristics according to its breed. But each dog is unique and has its own endearing qualities that you will only know once you spend time with your dog.
Gradually introduce your rescue dog to the household –introduce your new dog first to your immediate family members. If you have other pets, do not be hasty with the introduction. Allow your dog to sniff around while you keep your other pets away. Once it is used to its new surroundings, including the family, slowly introduce your other pets so it won’t feel overwhelmed.
Make your dog feel secure – rescue dogs may initially be skittish, especially if they had a bad history with their previous owners. Make your dog feel safe in its new home. Give it a bed space that is comfortable and quiet where it can feel safe and sound.
Anticipate your dog’s potty break – always assume that your rescue dog is not yet house-trained. Take it out for frequent potty breaks, usually after meals. This will establish a potty break routine and at the same time, let it know that it has to do its deed at a certain area.
Take your dog to obedience classes – even if your dog already knows the basics of good behavior, it is still ideal to take it obedience class to establish the proper etiquette, especially around other people and animals.
Be patient – always give your dog time to adjust. Do not expect too much from it and always remember that a dog is never too old to learn something new as long as you are consistent and follow through.