Taking in a rescue dog may be challenging, but it’s all worth it in the end. Many people want to rescue a dog or two, but may not realize the full commitment that it takes. Taking in a rescue dog is a lot different than purchasing a dog from a breeder. If you are interested in rescuing a dog, take a look at the five tips below.
1. Dog may have troubled background
You may not exactly know all the details about your dog’s previous life. He may not have social skills or may not be potty trained. You will need to accept this in order to move on. Some dogs may not have had it as bad as others, but all rescue dogs deserve the same love and respect from their new families.
2. Dog may have trouble adjusting to new home
Your new dog may not be used to having people around him that have no intention of hurting him. He may be scared or shy at first, which is okay. Give him time to warm up to his new home and family. To help make the adjustment easier, buy him a bed along with some toys to show that he is welcomed in your home.
3. Be prepared to work hard
Taking in a rescue dog is going to be no walk in a park. You will most likely need to retrain the dog in basic commands. Some days may be hard and you will want to give up, but the end result is going to be worth all of the frustration. Don’t take your anger out on your dog, as this might make them revert back to their old ways.
4. The whole family must be on board
Regardless of the dog’s situation, every single family member must be okay with getting a dog. When taking on a rescue dog, the whole family all must be in agreement of it. If one family member isn’t willing to do their part, transitioning the dog into your home may become a more difficult task. Everyone should be happy that the dog is in their home; otherwise the dog may feel that he is not wanted.
5. It will change your life
One of the best things about taking in a rescue dog is how it will change your life for the better. Not only are you giving him a new home but you’re giving him a second chance to live a better life. Most people shy away from adopting rescue dogs because of the huge responsibility that comes from it. But at the end of the day, you’re dog’s wagging tail will let you know that it was all worth it.