Settling your new Rescue Dog
By HAIRY POPPINS, May 17 2020 03:23PM
The most important thing you can do hear is to try and imagine how this experience is for your dog.
It makes total sense to YOU.
YOU know your new Rescue Dog is safe.
YOU know that no one is ever going to hurt him again.
YOU know that he will always have a bowl full of food & a warm bed from now on.
YOU know that you love him to pieces already.
BUT ….. What is this all like for your dog? He doesn’t know all of the above. He has no idea whats happened or whats going on.
First first off ...... He'll be full of stress & anxiety at the moment. Hes been through A LOT in the past week / month / years.
A list of things which may have happened to your new Rescue Dog include:
1) Left the "comfort" / familiarity of his Shelter
2) Left all his regular smells, regular faces etc
3) Transported across land & water with no idea whats happening.
4) New humans greeting him
5) More new humans taking him home
6) New house
7) New food
8) New child
9) New routine
10) New collar & lead ... What the hell is that?!!
11) New bed
12) MORE new human coming round to visit
13) New roads, new sounds, new cars, new busses, new lorries, new smells, new parks, new dogs, yet MORE new people at the park
14) Everything he has ever known has vanished and everything is totally new to him. Its scary & frightening & he has no idea whats going on
So .... He needs time to adjust. How many things from that list could you remove? Some of them you cant change but some you can ...... Stop the walks for example. He doesn't need to go out for walks yet. Have a couple of weeks at home, let him settle, let him get to know you and trust you, build a bond, get a relationship between you & him.
Also, you could stop all visitors from coming to the house. No visitors for a couple of weeks. Let everything settle down.
Spend lots of time training him at home. Teach all the basics like "sit" & "down" and a "hand target" plus a few other bits you can think of. Just enjoy each other company but make a promise to him: Not to add to his stress or anxiety and to give him a complete 2 week break from any triggers.
You have all the time in the world to build this new relationship. Take it easy & don’t overwhelm your new dog.