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Dog at the Beach

Rescue Dog
Adoption Tips


Build Trust

  • Give your new dog plenty of time to decompress. Don't put any demands on him until he learns to trust you. Set up a quiet space, such as a small room, kennel area or crate to call his own,

  • Avoid eye contact at first. Dogs see direct eye contact as a challenge for a fight in dog language.

  • If you have another dog already at home. Give the "old dog" the same amount of time and attention as normal, so it does not feel jealous or threatened by your new pet.

  • Don't over stimulate him with toys, people or other pets. Ideally you should introduce other pets slowly, preferably after 24 hours. Even then, slow is better, allow them to get familiar with the sounds and smells, perhaps keep them in separate rooms, or "crate & rotate".

  • When the time is right, take them on walks together keeping them at a safe distance in the beginning.

  • Use extreme caution when introducing children to your new pet.

  • Never leave your dog unattended with children or other pets.

  • Don't rush the affection. Allow the dog to come to you at it's own pace. 

  • Establish yourself as the leader in a calm and non threatening way.

  • Your dog is happiest when it has structure and can follow your lead. Most dogs do not want to be the pack leader, they assume that position when they have no leader.

  • Never allow the dog at your face until you have established trust 100%.

  • Most dogs do NOT like you reaching over or bending over their head, dogs will tolerate it, but most do not like it.

  • Never allow your dog to run up to another dog.

  • Never put your dog in any situation where you cannot control the outcome. Don't force your dog to make friends with another dog. It's fine if he is anti-social.

  • My personal opinion is to Avoid Dog Parks. Too many unknowns and risk of disease transmission.

Giving a Hand

For expert dog training and behavioral modification tips visit Tom Davis, Upstate Canine Academy's  YouTube channel.

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