Bringing home a 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, it can be an anxious time, afterall they’ve probably only met you a few times at the animal shelter and some of them won’t have any experience of being part of a caring home with owners who’ll look after them.
So, to help you rescue dog settle in as smoothly as possible, consider these top tips:
- There’s no need to constantly pet or stroke your dog – we get it, they’re lovely and soft and you want to make up for their past experiences, but some dogs won’t like being handled so much and you could inadvertently cause more stress.
- Do praise them when they follow commands like sitting when told to – it’ll establish a relationship between you and also make them work for your attention and develop their confidence.
- Don’t over-stimulate them with lots of people or take them to exciting new places – it’ll be like making someone drink five cups of coffee back to back – too much stimulus can bring on stress and anxiety.
- Let your dog explore quietly and in their own time to start with, let them take it all in and get used to the new sights and smells.
- Be clear from day one about house rules, such as no dogs upstairs or on the sofa.