Thinking of adopting a rescue dog from TLC?
That’s great! We’d like to share with you some things to expect when you bring your rescue puppy or dog home. According to rescuedog101.com, here are some helpful hints to get you through the first few weeks.
Remember your new family member is going to be scared. It’s in a new environment with new people and in some cases may be living in a home for the first time. Give the dog time. If I wants to curl up in its crate or under a table, let it. It is decompressing and learning it’s new role in the family.
Take it slow with the introductions to your friends and extended family. You’re excited and want to show your dog off, but remember, it’s learning it’s new place in your family first. Dogs may be overwhelmed with strangers before they have learned you first. There’s plenty of time for introductions, just let them learn their new family first.
Sit back and observe your new best friend. Let him come to you, if you have kids, don’t allow them to hang on the dog, hug him, put their faces to the dogs face, etc. In other words, explain to your kids they need to give the new dog some space for a little while.
Don’t worry if your dog doesn’t want to eat the first few days, this is completely normal. Try to feed him the same food he was eating in his foster home to alleviate any belly aches. You can wean him to a new food next week, but the first week keep things simple. Make sure he is drinking water; you don’t want him to get dehydrated.
This is a little gross but look at his poop for the next few weeks. Sometimes worms and parasites can creep up under time and stress. Any signs of abnormal poop warrants a visit to your vet. Speaking of the vet, you should make an appointment to have your vet take a look at your new dog. We recommend having your own vet take a look at your new dog and give them a copy of his health records.
Slowly add activities throughout the first week(s). Simply going for daily walks to explore the neighborhood is enough. Every dog will be different and each dog will need its own amount of time to adjust to his new home. So learn to read your dog’s body language and take it slow. If you thought your dog was potty trained but is having accidents in the house, don’t be too alarmed… this is pretty normal. Just go back to basics of potty training. If he is marking in the house, keep your dog on a leash or crated until you can trust him. This could be days, weeks or months.
Don’t give up on your new dog. Remember, rescue dogs are not broken. They strive for love, affection and acceptance. Just like humans. Be patient. Be understanding. Work with your dog and he’ll give you years of companionship and joy.
Congratulations on your decision to rescue and we wish you all the best when bringing home your new family member! Don’t forget to send us updates and pictures as your rescue dog grows up - we love to see our dogs thriving in their forever homes!