How do you help your adopted dog settle?

You have collected your beautiful dog from the rescue center and want to make him feel at home, what next?

I have worked in adoption with children for 15 years and there are lots of things we can learn from children to help support our new furry family members.  We don’t know what has happened in their early life they may have been abused or neglected, however we do know we can change their lives forever and show them that the world is safe and people are kind.  Above everything else they will thrive on routine, patience and predictability.   We all need to know we are safe, loved in life and here are some practical steps we can take:

How to help an adopted dog settle into new home

Here are some tips to help an adopted dog settle into their new home:

  1. Create a routine: Dogs feel safe and secure when they know what to expect, so establish a routine for feeding, walking, and playtime as soon as possible.
  2. Give them space: Adopted dogs may need time to adjust to their new environment. Give them their own space, such as a crate or a designated room, to retreat to when they need some alone time.
  3. Gradually introduce them to new people and places: Introduce your adopted dog to new people and places gradually, starting with short, calm, and positive experiences.
  4. Provide plenty of positive reinforcement: Use positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats and praise, to reinforce good behavior and build trust with your adopted dog.
  5. Enroll in training classes: Training classes can help your adopted dog learn new behaviors, build confidence, and bond with you.
  6. Seek professional help if needed: If you’re having trouble helping your adopted dog settle into their new home, consider seeking the help of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist.

Remember, every dog is unique and may have different needs, so be patient and persistent, and provide your adopted dog with the love, attention, and structure they need to thrive in their new home.