Adopting a rescue dog as a pet is one of the best things you can do for the furry creatures to give them a happy life. Rescue dogs are different from dogs that are normally adopted from an adoption center. They behave in a different way and may not be friendly enough in the beginning. This is because of the trauma or issues they faced with previous owners or at an earlier point in life.
When you adopt a rescue dog, your responsibility doubles, you will have to put in a little more time, efforts and patience in the initial weeks of adoption to make the dog familiar with the house and everyone around.
Here are simple tips that will help you along the way in caring for your abandoned dog:
Build Trust With Your Dog
Building trust with your dog is the foremost step in establishing a healthy relationship with them. Abandoned dogs often find it hard to trust people after they have been left out by their owners. So, it will take you a while to get close to your dog. But when they do get close, there will be no looking back. Give your dog enough space, and do not smother him will all the love and affection 24/7. Yes, love and care is important, but not to an extent that the dog starts running away.
Socializing Your Dog
You’ve bought a fur-ball home, you obviously want to show the cute creature to anyone and everyone. But, you shouldn’t be doing that. Not until your dog builds trust with you. The first few weeks of a rescue dog are crucial and they need their time and space to accommodate themselves to the new changes. If your dog is good in socializing, it’ll do it on its own. And if it doesn’t, it’s your cue to cut the meeting with a new guest short in order to avoid any anxiety. Moreover, try to spend as much as time alone with your dog as you can.
House-Train Your Dog
Start training your dog for regular commands as soon as you bring it home. Establishing a routine and giving commands in the initial stages makes your dog understand that they have someone over them. Besides, beginning training immediately allows the dog to comprehend the rules of the house.
Following these simple tips when you adopt rescue dogs will certainly turn them to loving dogs in a matter of few days.