Your New Rescue Dog

For your new dog, the event of joining a new family is life changing. They need to learn everything there is to learn about you, your habits, and the members of the family they now share their home with. They need some time to learn what is expected of them and what they can expect from you. Be kind, be encouraging, understand that your dog is only trying to do the right thing and remember everything takes time and effort on both parts.

In the home

When you first bring your dog home, don’t make too much of a fuss. ignore the dog and allow them to explore your house in their own time. Always maintain a calm and confident manner around the dog. Although you may want to smother the dog with love and kisses, allow the dog space. Remember, the dog doesn’t know or trust you yet.

Leave a trailing slip lead on the dog. If the dog tries to escape, you have something to grab and if you need to take the dog out for a walk or into the garden, you can do so gently and calmly without alarming the dog.

Some dogs can feel safe in a crate. Put treats in the crate and let the dog enjoy them in peace. Keep other dogs out of the crate.

In the car

Ensure the dog is properly secured whilst in the car (this is also now a legal requirement) If possible we would advise you to transport the dog in a crate. This will prevent the dog from jumping out when you open the door.

Dog Body Language:

Recommended links

Victoria Stilwell – Training, Behaviour, Wellness

Zak George- Training and behaviour

Tails from the Lab- Learning to speak ‘dog’

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