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5 Tips to Acclimate a Rescue Dog Into Your Home Environment
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If you are thinking about adopting a rescue dog, it is important to prepare a calculated assimilation for him into your home. Rescue dogs can come from an array of situations and might be skittish when they enter a new environment. Here are five things that you can do to get your dog happily established in his new home.
- Don’t Rush Introductions
If you have other pets or kids, don’t bombard your new dog with introductions to family members all at once. Have your dog start in an outdoor enclosure or a room in the home that he can call home base. Once your dog is used to the sounds and smells of his surroundings, he can start meeting the family. Remember to make this a gradual process.
- Have Your New Dog Associate You With Fun
If your dog associates you with feeding and playtime, you will quickly gain his trust and help build a lasting relationship. He will come to see you as good news. If initially skittish, he will warm up quickly if you are the one with treats and fun.
- Establish a Schedule
Even if your new dog is overly anxious or having a hard time with his new environment, establish a schedule and stick with it. Once he learns when mealtime, playtime, and time outdoors are, he can relax. Your dog will start to let his guard down if he knows the routine.
- Take Your New Dog to the Vet
It is a good idea to get your new dog in for a checkup at the vet’s office right away. If your dog has any physical limitations such as blindness or hearing loss, the vet can advise you on how to work with your dog according to his condition. If your dog has any illnesses or anxiety issues, your vet can prescribe medications or make recommendations on how to deal with these issues.
- Get Proper Training In
Even if your rescue dog did come with some training under his belt, it is a good idea to get this reestablished as the new owner so you can take the lead. Start with one-on-one work with a trainer and your dog to assess how your dog does with training in an individual setting, before taking on a group class. You don’t want to put your dog in a situation that might be too much for him at first.
Rescuing a dog from an adoption agency is a great way to give a second chance to a dog deserving of love. Just remember that there will be some bumps in the road while your rescue dog gets used to a new lifestyle. Be patient and try your best to make this transition a smooth one so your dog can be comfortable and feel at home.