How to care for and take care of your rescue dog

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Making the decision to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue center is a brilliant choice. Not only will you be giving abandoned pets another chance, but you’ll also be helping to end pet homelessness and deter criminal puppy breeders.

“Rescuing a dog can be one of the most rewarding things you can do, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without its challenges. The first few weeks can be a demanding time for both animal and owner, but with time and effort, together you can overcome most things,” says Karen Heskin, pet manager at Pets at Home.

“It’s so important to choose a dog that suits you and that you feel you have a connection with. Once home, being calm and reassuring will help build your bond and settle him into his new surroundings.”

Are you considering adopting a rescue dog? Take a look at tips to help you care for your new pet…

1. What to consider when choosing a rescue dog

Overwhelmed with choosing your rescue dog? Instead of simply choosing a dog based on its looks, it’s important to choose one that suits your home and lifestyle. If you feel no connection when you meet a new dog, try not to feel pressured into getting one right away.

Pets at Home says, “Do your research, talk to the experts, and consider factors like how many people and other pets you live with, how often you leave the house, and how long your walk takes. breed needs. Most rescues will try to find you the right dog for your lifestyle, so keep an open mind.”

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2. Understand dog behavior

Rescue dogs make great companions, but some animals can cause occasional problems that aren’t always obvious to people who adopt them. Rescue dogs may have been exposed to situations where they had to defend themselves, with certain behavioral issues including anxiety, fearfulness, food aggression, separation anxiety, and indoor urination.

“Some rescue dogs may have developed difficult habits and attitudes,” says Pets at Home. “These can often be resolved with the right understanding and training, and will also help them settle into their new home. Be calm, patient and gentle with them as they adjust to their new home – it will also help your pet gain his confidence in you too.”

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3. Integrate your rescue dog

Bringing home your new rescue dog is extremely rewarding. It’s important to remember that every dog ​​is unique, so they may take longer to become comfortable in their surroundings than others.

Not sure how to settle into your new puppy? Pets at Home suggests, “Try to avoid any sudden changes in their environment or daily routines. Make sure they get plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation. In addition to looking after the health and happiness of your dog, it will also help strengthen the bond and gain your dog’s trust.Make introductions to the rest of the family or existing pets in a gradual and controlled manner.

With a little practice and a lot of love, they will soon feel at home…

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