Posted on: 14 June 2017Share
If you rescued an abused dog from horrible conditions, this is much different than purchasing a new puppy from a loving home. A rescue dog can be just as loving and make a great pet, but it will take a little time to help the dog trust you and get over their fear. Below are some tips on how you can do this so you and your dog can enjoy each other for a long time.
Take it to the Veterinarian
Before you bring the dog home, take it straight to the veterinarian. They can run tests to ensure the dog has no health problems. They will first check its skin for fleas, as well as any type of skin infections. They will then likely check for heartworms. This is because heartworms can kill a dog if they are not taken care of quickly. To check for these worms, the vet will take a blood test.
If the dog has not been spayed or neutered, this is a good time to make an appointment to have this done. The vet may also give the dog some vaccinations, such as parvo and rabies, since you likely do not know if it has ever been vaccinated.
Purchase a Crate
Go to the pet store and purchase a crate that is large enough for your dog to comfortably walk into and lie down. You can leave the crate open at all times, if you prefer. This simply gives the dog a place to get away from everything if they start feeling overwhelmed. Place the crate in a quiet area and put a soft blanket in it, along with one of their favorite toys.
If the dog seems to be overly agitated, you may want to consider crating it when you cannot be home. This is especially true if you have children, as you do not want to take a chance of the dog biting them.
Hire a Trainer
Your dog should receive special training once they become a little comfortable in your home. A one-on-one trainer would work best, and you should consider a behaviorist dog trainer. This is because this type of trainer is experienced in helping a dog that has trust and fear issues. Once your dog becomes better adjusted overall you can use a traditional dog trainer or a dog training class with other dogs.
The trainer will involve you in your dog's training so make sure you listen closely. You will have to continue their training at home if you want this to be a success. This is another way to gain your dog's trust.
Your veterinarian can give you more tips to help you and your dog have a happy life.