Rescuing a dog is such a rewarding experience! Not only do you better the life of a dog and give him or her a new home, you get a wonderful best friend for life.
However, rescue animals don’t always settle in immediately…or easily. Modern Dog Magazine gives us some great advice for making the process a little easier for both dog and owner.
6 Ways to Help Your Rescue Dog Settle in to Her New Home
A dog that has figured out the rules can relax.
Start with teaching the dog a couple of simple commands like “sit” or “down.” This early interaction helps to create and strengthen the human-animal bond and helps your relationship with your dog to grow.Be consistent. Make sure that every person—everyday and every time—is giving the dog the same message. Dogs like rules; rules help dogs to better understand their new home and family and build confidence. A dog that has figured out the rules can relax.Always use positive reinforcement to train your dog. Just like people, dogs that are stressed or anxious do not learn well. They need to be calm and focused to really interact with you and learn what you’re trying to teach them. Remember, when you’re teaching the dog a trick or specific behaviour, about half of the actual learning is you figuring out how best to interact with your new family member.