When you opt to adopt a dog from a shelter, it’s vital that you work to introduce your rescue dog to your home and family members. Your dog may need time to adjust to this new environment, and that’s why we wanted to share some tips on bringing a rescue dog home.
These tips will help your dog settle in quickly and learn to be a happy part of your home for years to come.
Get Your Supplies
Before you bring your rescue dog home, get your supplies ready. You’ll need food, water bowls, a leash, and perhaps some toys. Ask the rescue what type of food and toys the dog enjoys so that you can buy some familiar items to help them transition to your house easier.
Work Out Duties
Talk to your family to find out which family members will be in charge of feeding your rescue dog and when. You’ll need to create a chore list to establish times when the dog needs to be brought outside to go to the bathroom and walked for exercise.
Plan the Arrival
Make sure you talk to the rescue location about having your rescue dog come to your house on a day when you’ll have time off from work. Bringing a rescue dog home on a Friday afternoon when you’ll have family home the next two days will better help the transition period be a more positive experience.
Be Prepared for Accidents
Even though your rescue dog is more than likely housetrained, be prepared for accidents. This is a new environment for your dog so they may have some accidents in the first few days. Don’t scold your dog, rather work to help assure them that you’re there to take them outside and be there when they have needs to be met.
Make sure the rescue dog is up to date with their vaccinations and health records. This will ensure your current household pets and family members aren’t put at risk for illnesses. Most rescue locations have to give the dogs their vaccines and do a health check before placing them out for adoption, but it’s always good to ask for proof.
Lastly, make the transition for your rescue dog as fun as possible! You’ll want to make sure your rescue dog has a warm welcome into their new home. This should be a fun, exciting experience for your family and your new furry companion. Have fun playing, and showing your rescue dog around the home so that they can get comfortable with the environment and transition easier.
During this transition stage of bringing a rescue dog home, you’ll find that your dog may have some anxiety or quirky behaviors that arise. Don’t fret, this is rather common during a transition stage because your rescue dog is unsure of what to expect from you. Many rescue dogs have been abandoned by their former owners, so it will take time to build trust up with your new dog.