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Helping A Rescue Dog Adjust

September 15, 2022

September 23rd is Adopted Dog Day. Adopting a rescue dog can be a very rewarding experience. However, dogs need some time to adjust and feel safe! Here, a Helotes, TX vet offers some advice on helping your canine companion settle in.

Coming Home

Before bringing your pooch inside, take him for a long walk around the block. This is important because it will help him reset and let him get his bearings.

Doggy Luxuries

Make sure you have everything your pooch needs: food, bedding, dishes, a leash, a good collar or harness, and grooming supplies. You’ll also want to get a variety of toys and yummy treats.


In order to build a good relationship with your dog, you’ll need to make sure that he feels secure. Pets tend to feel safest when they are on a steady routine. Get your pup settled onto his normal doggy schedule for meals, walks, training, and playtime as soon as possible.


Be consistent with house rules from day one. If you don’t want your dog sleeping on the bed or hanging out on the couch, set these ground rules down immediately.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is bring your canine companion to the vet. He’ll definitely need a thorough exam. This is also a good time to get some specific feedback on your pet’s diet, exercise, and care needs.

Positive Reinforcement

Sooner or later, your furry friend will do something wrong. He may chase the cat, dig up your flowerbed, or eat your sofa cushion. You can reprimand your pup verbally, but don’t yell at or strike him: that may just scare him. Focus on rewarding good behavior, and identifying and dealing with the root cause behind any behavioral issues. Ask your vet for tips.


Treats are a great way to win an animal’s trust. Just don’t go overboard. You don’t want your pet becoming obese! Use smaller snacks to keep that cute tail going.


Your new pup may have quirks or phobias you don’t know about yet. Expect the unexpected. Get a sturdy leash and harness, and keep a good grip on your dog. Also, don’t let him run around off leash in unfenced areas. Puppyproofing is also a must.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Helotes, TX animal clinic, today!