Welcoming A Young, Lively Rescue Dog Into Your Family

America’s pet shelters are overflowing with pet pooches that would make perfect companions in a family home. So, if you’ve decided to rescue your new dog, instead of buying them from a breeder; you’re in for loving, and long-lasting relationship that will enrich your family’s lives for years to come. If you’re prepared to put in the time, work, and plenty of affection (and the odd treat); your rescue dog will integrate into family life with ease, and you’ll reap the rewards that a well-behaved canine can bring to a household. The following are some areas that you’ll need to consider before you go pick up your new family member from the dog shelter, with some hints and tips that should help them settle in.

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Health Checks


With any new pet; you’ll need to ensure that they’re fit and healthy (and ready to take on their first walkies), so it’s vital that you get acquainted with your veterinarian before you bring home your new pooch. If you have chosen a rescue dog, the chances of you getting their health and family history are slim to none, but don’t worry; this is what vets are trained to deal with, and they’ll be able to carry out the right checks.


If you’re bringing home quite a young, spritely canine; the main things you’ll need to check for and prevent, are fleas and worms, so that they will grow into a healthy adult dog. Once you’ve been given the right, on-going medication for these conditions, your pooch will be able to enjoy the great outdoors (or your garden) and begin the habitual “walkies” every day. Your dog should be neutered; if they aren’t, it’s worth booking them in for their surgery as soon as possible, as over-breeding is the main cause that so many of your furry friends end up in shelters.


Your vet will be able to check for any other conditions that your pooch may have picked up, like kennel cough or dry eye syndrome, and will treat them accordingly, as a new dog adopter, it’s essential that you take care of their health immediately. Regular vaccination injections (coupled with a few treats of course) will also be on the cards for your new dog and will ensure they remain in excellent health from now on. Veterinarians are also more than adept at informing and advising you on the best food and diet choices for your dog, and how much exercise they will need. It’s crucial that you take the advice and follow it, just like you would with any family member so that your new pet will feel at their best each day.

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As the dog you’re bringing home is not a puppy; they may already know their basic commands, like sit and heel. However, to ensure that you get the best out your new pet, you’ll need to continue training them in their new home environment. Patience and consistency are keys to the successful training of your dog (and anybody really), so don’t be disheartened by setbacks; it will take time for routines and rules to sink in.


Rescue dogs may need a little more care and attention, as they have probably picked up the odd bad habit in the shelter or their life before they met you; so don’t berate their poor manners, be kind and teach them the right way instead. For some tips and tricks on successfully training your pooch, take a look here: https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/choosing-a-professional-trainer/different-kinds-of-dog-training and get the training treats at the ready! Remember, there are no limits when it comes to training your dog, and the more you take the time to do it, the stronger the bond between you will become.

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A young, healthy dog is going to need plenty of exercise; it will help with their happiness, fitness, and their behaviour, so it’s a crucial part of their life (and yours). Check out why exercise is such a vital part of your dog’s life here: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/your-dog-why-exercise-is-important and put your sneakers on, it’s time to go out! Exercise, whether it’s a walk, a hike, or a run on the beach, needs to become a habitual part of your everyday activities; your dog will come to expect it, so involve the whole family in exercising your pooch.


Dogs make excellent companions on days outdoors, or on camping and hiking trips; they will love following you and the family around the wilderness, and it’s a great way to practise recall and obedience training outside of the family home. Ensure that you’re well equipped and invest in the right stuff to take away with you, so that you and your dog will get the most from your getaways and adventures.


If your family enjoy hours of cycling, it’s unfair to expect a dog to keep up with you for a whole day of bike riding, so take a look at the various bicycle trailers for dogs available and ensure that your best friend doesn’t over-exert themselves. The more family vacations and activities that you involve your pet in, the more they’ll start settling into their new life and understanding who’s in charge.

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Their Own Space


Now that your new rescue dog has begun their integration with your family and your home; you’ll need to make sure that they have their own space, where they can go to sleep and relax for a bit of quiet time. Your pooch may feel a little overwhelmed at times. By all the new smells and strange noises; so, to alleviate stress, they’ll need to have a calm, dark area to go and lie down in. Make their dog bed as comfy as possible, and if you’re using a crate; make sure that it’s large enough for your dog to stand up and stretch out when they’re inside. Just like humans; dogs need to feel warm, comfortable, and loved, so do all you can to provide for your new pooch and start a very happy life together.

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