Adopting a rescued dog is always a great feeling and an excellent opportunity to give a dog a great home. But, when you do get home, what should you start with? The history of a rescued dog can range from a new puppy to an old abandoned senior.

Housebreaking for dog lovers

Regardless of history, there are a few general methods and techniques to employ when you reintroduce your rescued dog to their new home.

First of all, start by understanding where they’re coming from by asking plenty of questions about your dog at the rescue shelter. The more information you have to go on, such as family, breed, and medical history, the better your starting position will be when you begin working with your new friend.

Next, you’ll need to consult with a veterinarian as soon as possible. Just because the shelter provided you with information doesn’t mean it’s always correct. You’ll want to double check any information and confirm any specific treatments or special care methods your rescued dog might need.

Once at home, provide a secure atmosphere for your dog to live in. Many rescued dogs will prefer the safety and familiarity of a crate. If this is the case, an added advantage is that this set up can help you keep them confined to certain areas of the home when they first move in. From there, you’ll be able to work with house training your dog.

This is where the information you get from the rescue shelter can come in handy. Your new dog will likely have already been accustomed to a set feeding and potty schedule, which you can work with to build a habit of eating in one location and eliminating in the designated potty area.

Keep in mind that your new dog might show signs of stress, such as diarrhea, a symptom which is common for the first few days. This can stem from change in diet or from the change in environment and the stress of adjusting to their new home.

One of the best ways to eliminate these stresses is by getting to know your dog through constant activities. Go for walks, practice tricks, and get them used to interacting with you and other household members. These interactions can spur on quality social development and build a special bond between you and your new friend.

If you take the time to really work with your rescued dog and set them up in an environment where they’ll feel comfortable, your new addition to the household will be quick to adjust to a new life with you and your family.

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