Newly Adopted a Rescue? Here’s How to Make Them Feel at Home
Adopting a dog can be one of the most fulfilling experiences- both for you and your new pet. However, it’s not always as easy as signing the papers and bringing home your new best friend to enjoy your life together. In fact, it’s quite common for rescue dogs to take some time to acclimate to their new surroundings and overcome their anxiety. Therefore, here are some tips to reduce Dog Owner Liability and ensure your dog is comfortable and calm in their new environment.
One of the best ways to reduce anxiety in your new dog is to establish a routine with him. Wake up, eat, play, and go to bed around the same time for the first few weeks to give him some stability. Naturally, work and other obligations are going to influence your ability to be strict about your schedule, but do the best you can!
Next, play with your dog! This is a great way to bond and allow your dog to release energy. Not only will he have fun with you, playing is a natural distractor from whatever stressors he might be facing.
Depending on the breed of dog you adopted, a lot of exercise is a necessity for your pet. Try one on one exercising for at least 20-30 minutes a day. If your dog has a lot of energy and needs more, try this twice a day and see how he does. Exercise is a natural stress reliever, so taking your dog out regularly can put him in a more relaxed state of mind.
Some dogs need a little more help to ease their anxiety. Try calming treats or supplements made with natural ingredients like tryptophan, chamomile, brewer’s yeast, B vitamins, and hops, says Dogster. You can purchase these treats online or at your local pet store.
Lastly, enroll your dog in a training course. Even if you have training experience, a class will help your dog to get socialized and give you an outside perspective.
The more comfortable your dog is, the less likely he is to react adversely to a new person or another animal. There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers injuries, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.