How should I settle in my rescue dog?
When you bring your new dog home for the first time, it can be hard to contain your excitement. But for your rescue dog, coming to a new home can be an anxious time.
Alex Eusden, pet expert and professional dog walker, outlines his top 7 tips to make sure your rescue dog settles in smoothly.
- Resist the temptation to constantly pet or stroke your dog – some won't like being handled and you could cause more stress for your new arrival.
- Spend time setting up a really comfortable sleeping area. This is where your dog will feel safe and secure.
- Be clear from day one about house rules. This can be 'no dogs upstairs or on the sofa'.
- Give them lots of praise when they follow commands – for example, sitting when they're told to.
- Let your dog explore quietly. Allow them to get used to the sights and smells of their new home.
- When visitors arrive, let the dog approach them first. Ask guests to act calmly to let the dog get used to their presence, as most dogs don't like full-on petting from strangers.
- Take your dog out for lots of lovely walks. Keep your dog on the lead at first, then work up to off-lead walks. This will help to quickly form a really strong bond.