Adopting a New Rescue Dog? Learn How to Provide the Best Home for your new furry member

Adopting a rescue dog instead of buying one from a pet store is, to be honest, one of the most heartwarming, compassionate things to do to another sentient being—but adoption has its own rewards and surprises. In an ideal world, every pet deserves a loving home, and you should be proud of yourself that you are providing a pet with one.

But it’s not a walk in the park. The responsibilities coupled with a new pet adoption is daunting. Those little fur babies need consistent, intense care and attention—whether you have acquired them from an adoption center or simply from the streets.

Before you go and get yourself your new little furry friend, below are somethings you should know about taking care of your new pet.

  • Regular Vet Visits

Once you have adopted your pet, remember to bring them to an experienced veterinarian for a complete checkup. More often than not, rescue dogs may not have any health records. Therefore, visiting a vet will ensure your pet’s future happiness and health.

  • Don’t Create a Fuss

Although getting a new dog is quite exciting—for you and for the pet—still, you need to keep a lid on your excitement for a while to avoid communicating any vestige of anxiety, , and confusion in the dog. They are quite sensitive to your emotions.

Give your new rescued pet some time to adjust to his new environment; give yourself a chance to know the pet first. That includes NOT having people around to show the new dog to, NOT allowing kids to force the dog to play with them, and NOT giving the dog extra attention to avoid overwhelming your furry buddy.

  • Follow a Scheduled Diet

The rescue agency will provide you with information about what kind of feed/kibble the dog is used to. When you bring it home, start feeding it the same kind of food, if possible. Don't change the diet instantly. The vet will let you know how gradually you can switch the dog's diet.

It is often done by adding small portions of new food to the existing food diet. If your dog shows signs of interest in the new diet, gradually start increasing the quantity of the new food.

  • Train Your Dog

Train your dog to abide by the house rules and reward good behavior. There are positive training groups that encourage families to work with the dogs under the supervision and build a strong rapport.

Your vet could recommend you some one-on-one classes, especially for the rescue dog; however, group sessions are an excellent way to build a rapport in your dog because the pet gets to meet other pets and have a little community—which is also important.

These are a few of the many ways you can take better care of your newly adopted rescue dog. One thing to remember is, although the dog needs extra support and care, you do have to set boundaries to make your home the most suitable environment for your pet.

There are many adoption and rescue agencies that can help you, and we have one of the best network to guide you. For more detailed awareness about the health and diet of rescue dogs, check out amazingly helpful pet guides at

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