Thank you for considering and/or adopting a rescue dog! If you have decided to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group, you should know that you are doing a wonderful thing to help homeless pets everywhere! Once you have chosen the right dog for your household, you can begin to prepare yourself and your home for the arrival of your new canine companion. Bringing home an adult dog or older puppy from a shelter or rescue differs in many ways from bringing home a very young puppy. Each has its pros and cons. It's only fair that you should know what to expect for the first few weeks after your newly adopted dog arrives in your home. After all, the more prepared you are, the more smoothly the transition will go. The article below will help provide some useful information for your as you begin on your new journey. Remember, be patient! Your new dog needs time to acclimate to you and a new environment as well as to decompress from the hectic and frightening shelter environment. Take some time to review these links. A prepared home is a happy home!
What to Expect and How to Plan for Bringing Home Your New Dog
Cold Nose Companions
Sits and Wiggles - also does pet sitting and walking
The Doggie Inn - Onsite Training & Boarding Services
The most important thing you can do for your new dog and your existing pets is to provide a proper decompression period! We recommend practicing this for at least 2 weeks to allow your pets and your family to build a good relationship with your new family member. What does that mean? Find out here: Decompression article
RESOURCES FOR COMMON BEHAVIOR ISSUES:
This link will lead you to resources covering a wide range of topics including properly preparing for your dog, potty and crate training, introducing cats and dogs to your new pet, resource guarding, teaching basic skills and so much more!