Updated: May 3, 2020
For those of us who have embarked on this journey, we understand some of the challenges you may face along the way. So here are a few tips to make the process easier for you and your new family member.
Establish A Routine
This means having a set time for waking, going to the toilet, feeding, walking and playing.
Feed Them Often
Food brings comfort as we all know. Your dog will associate the good feeling of a full tummy with you and that in turn builds trust. Offer them treats during the day especially as a reward for all those milestones as they grow in confidence.
It could take your rescue dog some time to settle depending on their background so give them time to adjust. Try not to show impatience and above all do not scold your dog or show anger.
This is another way to build trust, not to mention the health benefits for you and your dog.
Don't Leave Them Alone For Long Periods
Try not to leave your dog on its own for long periods as it will increase their anxiety while they are still adjusting to their new surroundings.
Give Them Space
Your immediate reaction will be to want to hug them and show them love but this might be too much for your dog at this stage. Let your dog decide how much affection they want.
Play is a wonderful way to build that bond. Make playtime fun by introducing lots of different toys to your dog and take note of which ones are the favourite.
Try to make this fun by incorporating play into their training and use treats as a reward.