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Tips for Adopting a Rescue Dog

May 15, 2021

May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day. Many of our adorable patients are rescue dogs who have been given a second chance, and are now living their best lives as happy, pampered pets. Dogs are very resilient, and can bounce back from even the worst injuries and experiences. However, it can take Fido some time to adjust, settle in, and feel safe. A Bend, OR vet offers some tips on adopting rescue dogs in this article.


Give Fido Time

Getting adopted is a big deal for Fido, and one he may need some time to get used to. As a rule of thumb, expect your furry pal to take roughly three days to get used to his new surroundings, three weeks to start to settle in, and three months to completely acclimate. This may vary a bit from dog to dog, though: your pup may need more or less time than that. Be patient!


Expect Some Hiccups

Dogs are loyal, lovable, and intelligent, not to mention really cute. However, Fido does need training to learn how to be a good boy. Your new pooch may need to work on some things! Start working on any necessary training right away. Don’t get upset about setbacks or delays: that’s only to be expected. Just focus on rewarding good behavior.


Err On The Side Of Caution

Our canine pals are very emotional. Like people, they sometimes have fears or phobias, which can be triggered unexpectedly. Fido may be frightened of certain types of people, or of different sounds or even smells. Separation anxiety is also common in rescues, perhaps because so many of them have been abandoned before. Do some petproofing, and make sure your home and yard are pet-safe. When walking your pup, use a good, sturdy leash, one you can hang onto if he tries to bolt.


Visit The Vet

One of the first things you’ll want to do is bring Fido in for a nose-to-tail checkup. This is a great chance to get some specific care tips!


Let Love Grow

Watching a rescue dog thrive in a loving home is a truly beautiful experience. Give Fido the time he needs to adjust. You may be surprised at how loyal and loving your new pet becomes!


Please call if ever we can be of assistance. As your Bend, OR animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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