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How To Take Care Of An Adopted Dog

Giving A New Life To Man’s Best Friend

As an adopter, it is essential to know how to take care of your new dog. They may have come from a loving home, or they may have been through a lot of hardship in their life.

Either way, as the new owner, you are responsible for their well-being in the present and the future.

Indeed, this entails taking care of many things, such as feeding them properly, exercising them adequately, and providing them with the necessary vet care.

It can be a daunting task, but you can make sure your furry friend is healthy and happy with the following tips in mind!

Ready? Let’s learn!

Visit A Vet
When you adopt a dog from the street, a vet visit is the first thing to do! The doctor will examine the dog, give the necessary vaccines and advise you how to treat the dog’s condition if there is any.
Moreover, if your new friend has visible wounds or is underweight, a vet can take care of the wounds and tell you more about the proper diet.
Caring for your pets always starts with their health!

Start Training

If you adopted a dog from the street, your new friend probably isn’t potty trained or used to obeying commands.
For a happy co-life, you need to teach him basic things first. With adopted dogs, especially if they are older, you need to start slowly, one thing at a time.
You may start with the simple “Sit” command first and slowly progress to the command “Come here.”
Once your dog learns the basic commands, you can proceed to advanced training and new tricks!

Show Some Love

Your newly rescued dog probably had a tough life! It needs all the love you can provide, so don’t be shy!
Cuddle and speak gently to your new friend.
Play with the dog and engage in everyday activities together. Make a balance between alone time for the dog and shared time.

Take Diet Seriously

If you rescued a dog from the street, the chances are that he’s been feeding on leftovers and depended on other people’s goodwill to provide him with quality food.
Such nutrition is inconsistent, and transitioning to an ideal dog food regimen might be kind of a shock, though better for your new best friend!
Slowly introduce new things and go easy on treats. Wait until the dog has adjusted to the feeding schedule to introduce treats!

Be Slow With Your Other Pets

If you have more animals at home, slowly present them to your adopted dog. Don’t push things and expect them to start being best friends from the first day.
Even more so, if necessary, separate them physically. You can keep the adopted dog in one room for the first couple of days and allow the dog to socialize with other pets on your watch.
Slowly increase the together time until you are completely sure that your pets won’t get into a fight when they stay alone!

Introduce Other Animals!

Once the dog is adjusted to animals in your home, you can start introducing him to other dogs!
Some adopted dogs were loners on the street. But, it doesn’t mean they were lonely by choice! Go to the dog’s park and have your dog meet and play with other dogs!

Set Concrete Rules

When you bring home a new dog, it is essential to set rules. Unfortunately, street dogs aren’t used to rules, so they need time to adjust.
You need to be clear about where the dog will sleep, where he can eat and do his business, if the barking is allowed, which rooms are a no-no, etc.
Even more importantly, set a walking schedule and stick to it in terms of time and length of the walk!

Don’t Expect Too Much.

Every dog is unique, and you never know how much time your dog will need to adjust to the new conditions.
Also, don’t expect the dog’s true personality to emerge in the first week! Sometimes, it may take months for the dog to feel safe and comfortable in the new environment, so his playfulness can stand out!

Final Thoughts

Most adopted dogs are hard to deal with at first, but if you do the right things, they will become your best friend in no time!
Remember, especially with adopted dogs, consistency and patience are crucial, so ensure all family members treat the dog the same way!
Don’t be mad at the dog for having trouble learning the tricks and commands.
Be patient and consult a professional trainer if it is necessary!

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