10 Tips To Remember When Bringing Your Rescue Dog Home

By on August 4, 2019

Bringing your new rescue dog home for the first time can be overwhelming and scary at first. It’s essential to take the appropriate steps in getting the new pup settled in and permit them to get accustomed with their new surroundings and other members of the family, whether human or furry.

Fuzzy Rescue has some tips for you and your newly adopted furry friends. From the beginning, it’s important to get it right with new animals to ensure a long and healthy relationship. Take a look at the tips below and good luck!

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  1. The Drive Home

Decide beforehand whether our new pup will be driving with you on the way home. Two people are ideal so that one can drive and the other can pay attention to the new dog.

  1. Arriving Home
  • Take the pup straight home and try not to run any errands on the way home. Once you’ve arrived, permit the dog to sniff around the yard while on a leash.
  • Take him to his potty area and reward him with a treat when he does his business there.
  1. Getting Acquainted
  • Introduce the dog to other family members outside, one at a time. Allow the dog to approach first, sniff, and initiate interaction. Avoid kissing, hugging, staring, picking up or patting on the head during the first introduction as it can be frightening to some dogs.
  • Discourage or limit guests during the early few days to avoid the dog getting overwhelmed.
  • Stay close to home at first and don’t engage in significant excursions. You need to familiarize yourself with the new pup’s behavior before you can foresee how he will respond to different interactions. Inaugurate a walking routine in your neighborhood that you’re familiar with. Structured play in your yard is an excellent form of exercise, training, and bonding. You can find more great articles on Fuzzy Rescue about rescue dogs.
  • Put a leash on your canine and give him a tour of the house. Try to stay relaxed and calm and redirect any behaviors like grabbing things or chewing and offer an appropriate toy instead.
  • Take your new dog outdoors often. Even if your dog is house trained already, he still needs to adjust to his new surroundings and needs to learn the house rules.
  • Your dog needs bounteous quiet time so that he can acclimate to his new surrounds. Keep a lookout for your dog’s responses and go according to the dog’s pace.
  • If you have resident dogs or other pets, have the first meeting outside, only one dog at a time. Be patient and don’t rush it. Make sure you keep dog leashes loose without tension. Pets must meet in a toy-free, food-free zone, and they should not be left together without supervision until you are confident that it’s safe to do so. Keep a watchful eye and govern all interactions between them initially. When you are walking your dogs, a different person must walk with each dog.
  • If you have cats, make sure they are secure until you’ve established how the dog will react to them. Use leashes, gates, and doors to avert contact at first. Don’t allow your new pup to chase the cat or cats. Make sure your felines have escape options. The first encounters must be kept brief, and you must manage all interactions.

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