How to make your rescue dog feel at home
So you’ve decided to welcome a rescue dog (or any pet, for that matter) into your family – first of all, way to go! Woof, woof, woof, woof!
Your life, and your new pup’s life, will never be the same. I mean that in the best possible way.
I’ve been with my forever family for almost six years now. I don’t know how many dog years that equals, but I do know how lucky I am to have now spent most of my life surrounded by the comforts of a forever home.
My first days as a newly adopted member of the family are nothing but a distant memory, but I’ll never forget the special considerations my mom and dad provided to show me that my harder days were behind me for good.
To make your rescue dog feel at home, here are a few things I believe truly make a house a forever home:
Nutritious, delicious dog food
Yes, we’ll eat almost anything. But, it’s super important to feed your new furry friend the right food with the proper nutrition – especially since many rescue pets have long-suffered from neglect and hunger. Ask your vet to recommend a food that’s right for your new pup’s breed, size, weight and any special health concerns.
A warm, cozy place to sleep
It may take your rescue dog a little time to warm up to your family. This is totally normal and nothing to take personally! Our past experiences have conditioned us to be wary of people. Just be patient, and we all come around eventually.
To help ease the transition, provide your rescue dog with a comfortable place to sleep that can be his sanctuary as he’s getting used to his new forever home. Whether it’s a dog bed, an old pillow or a crate, it makes all the difference in the world for us rescue pups to have a safe, comfortable place to rest our head.
A collar with ID tag
Remember in “Lady and the Tramp” how proud Lady is to get her very own collar and license? Truth be told, a collar and ID tag are what every dog wants – something that shows the world that we belong to someone. In the end, even Tramp trades his wandering ways for a family and forever home – collar and all!
Our very own toys
Nothing extravagant necessary – even just one squeaky stuffed duck will do! This one may sound simple, but toys are a luxury most rescue dogs have never enjoyed.
This is the most important thing of all. Emphasis on the ‘unconditional’ part. Believe me, we will try your patience! Through the ups and downs, from the puppy-dog eyes and sweet kisses to the accidents and the chewed shoes, we’re a family now. Your rescue dog will always love you unconditionally, and your love is all we want in return. (But if you insist, we do also accept belly scratches and yummy treats to reward our undying affection for you.)
By offering your rescue pet these five simple pleasures, you’ll show him your house is a forever home.
How did you welcome your pet home? Let us know by leaving a comment.
I’m Lucy, that’s all for now.