With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are staying at home. And a lot of people have been thinking of adopting a dog to be a companion in these hard times. We all know that dogs give unconditional love, and they are a pure joy to be with. Dogs spread nothing but love.

“Adoption is not just a noun; it’s a promise.”

If you are one of those people who are thinking of adopting a pet as an additional member of your family, it is crucial to remember that adoption is a lifetime commitment. These companions need a family who can give them the best life that they deserve. You should also not forget that these new family members do not easily adapt to your environment. Some pets take a lot of time to get used to the place and people that they are going to live with. Being a first-time furparent could be a significant challenge. If you are experiencing difficulty in bonding with a rescue dog, here are a few tips that could help you and your furbaby in adapting with each other’s new company.

Know your new rescue dog’s breed

You must know your new dog’s breed and research on what they are like, how they behave, and what they need to keep them active physically, mentally, and emotionally. Knowing your pet’s breed also allows you to predict their behavior. With this, you can set your rules following their behavior. If you think your knowledge is not enough about your dog’s breed, you can always consult your veterinarian for a professional reference.

Be patient with your new rescue dog

If you have difficulty bonding with your rescue dog, patience is crucial. Just like humans, animals also have their adjustment period when placed in a new environment. So your patience is highly needed in this period. Note that not all dogs adapt to their new environment the same. Others take only one night, while for some, it takes a few weeks and months. Learn the art of patience in allowing your pet to be familiar with its new home. It could be very stressful for your new dog to be in a new environment, so it is ideal that you keep a calm and positive attitude for your pet to feel safe and wanted.

Practice patience while bonding with a new rescue dog and allow them to have their space in the new environment

Practice patience while bonding with a new rescue dog and allow them to have their space in the new environment.

Be consistent with your schedule and rules

Animals are routinary by nature; they stick to the schedule and rules that you set. Routines create familiarity and a sense of belongingness for your new pets. A sudden change of schedule and rules can create confusion on their part. This may cause more stress for your pets. Rewarding your dogs’ positive behavior is a great way to make them feel secured and loved. However, if your dog misbehaves, shouting at them as a form of punishment creates a feeling of fear and anxiety.

Give your rescue dog their own space

Put yourself in your dog’s paws (shoes): being surrounded by unfamiliar people could be stressful and scary. Some dogs could feel overwhelmed by the new environment for the first few days. One way to help is to give your dog their personal and special space. You can do this by providing a comfortable bed, let them stay inside their crate, or find a special spot in your house, which could make your dog feel safe.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

Dogs are compassionate and loyal animals. They have nothing to give but pure love and joy! Life is, indeed, more fun with pets in your homes. Have you already adopted one? If you did, congratulations on the new addition to your family!