So you just adopted a rescue dog. Congratulations on the new addition to your family! 

When adopting a rescue dog, the first seven days to two weeks, your new fur-mate will have a lot to adjust to: new surroundings, a new schedule, new house rules, new friends and new family.

Luckily this rescue dog honeymoon period can be made easier by following these steps.


1) Take it SLOW

We know it’s an exciting time, but resist the urge to show off your rescue dog. Give your pup a chance to settle in before attending that “Dog and Mom” meetup at the dog park, checking in at your local “Yappy Hour” or hosting a housewarming dinner with all your closest BFFs. 


2) Promote the BOND

In order to get your dog to thrive in the chaos that can come with their recent move, allow them boundaries. Your pup can find solace in the structure that comes with it. Enroll them in a basic dog obedience class to learn the best way to communicate and create a lasting bond fit for the long haul.


3) Don’t JUMP (to conclusions)

It’s common and completely normal for your dog to experience light anxiety and minor behavioral issues during this transitional time. These experiences don’t necessarily indicate a serious problem. How long does it take a rescue dog to adjust? It’s different for everyone. Just remember to have patience with your pup, but don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional if you have any concerns.

Struggling with your pup’s behavior? Building a strong relationship with your dog takes patience, but a professional trainer can give you the tools to see faster results. We’re San Diego dog trainers passionate about helping you and your furry friend achieve a happy, harmonious life together. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

With these steps, your rescue dog is sure to adjust to their new home in no time. Enjoy every moment with your pup. You got this!