Getting a new pet is exciting for everyone, especially for the rescue dog. However, a high level of excitement is not the ideal way to introduce a rescue dog to your home and make him or her feel safe and comfortable.
Introducing a new pet in the right way is essential to start off with a great relationship from the get-go. Using the wrong techniques can result in immediate and long-term problems. Some tips to make your rescue dog feel at home right away include:
1. The Welcoming Committee
It is best not to have a welcoming committee for your new pet and rather introduce family members individually in a calm and quiet manner. A huge fanfare will leave the dog feeling excited, confused and anxious. This could bring out some negative personality traits, spark past problems and create the idea that this is the way to behave whenever the dog arrives at home or people come to visit.
After a quick people introduction, it is best to let everyone, including your new rescue, gets on with their business. Let the dog investigate and familiarize himself with your home and property. He will sniff out all the interesting and not so interesting odors as well as get the chance to see where each family belongs and what they get up to. This will also give the dog the chance to become familiar with sounds in the household as well as the neighborhood and form an understanding of which noises to react to and which are normal.
3. Food And Water
Once the dog seems to have had a good sniff at absolutely everything (he may give the house a few rounds) and seems to be comfortable, give him food and water. You will know he is comfortable when he lies down somewhere. Place the food and water where the dog will always be fed and where he will always be able to find his water. If you want him to wait and only eat when given permission to do so, it is best to start this training immediately. However, don’t force the issue and rather let the new addition to the family eat in peace and quiet.
4. Exit And Entrance
If your dog is going to be living inside and out, show him where he can access the great outdoors and get back inside when he wants to. This will allow him to know where it is appropriate for him to do his business. If you have a yard, it is best to leave him be for a while after eating so he can do his business in private. Alternatively, take him for a walk.
It is best to provide a comfortable bed for the dog to sleep in, either indoors or out. This will let him know where he belongs and prevent him from getting on your bed or furniture for a nap. It will also give him a place of his own where he can rest in peace and comfort.
6. Toys And Treats
Toys and treats should ideally be introduced last. Both of these create a sense of excitement and playfulness which should only be brought out once the new rescue dog seems comfortable in his new home.
It is best to pay a visit to a site like Smart Pet Toys Review and ensure that you have everything that your new pet will need before he arrives home. Introducing a new bed, food bowls or toys after his first home introduction may confuse him. And perhaps most importantly, give him hugs, cuddles, pet him and give him plenty of love.
7. Make Sure Your Dog Doesn’t Run Away
Rescue dogs can sometimes want to run away. This doesn’t mean they don’t like you, they just need some time to adjust to their new home. If your dog does run away, don’t panic. There is a good chance you will find it. There is a good list of tips for finding lost dogs here: https://www.smartpettoysreview.com/chance-of-finding-lost-dog-after-24-hours/. Most likely you will find your dog quickly and continue the adjustment process. After a couple of weeks he will be part of the family and feel at home.