How to welcome a rescue dog into your home? Rescue dogs are a fantastic way of gaining a pet. Not only do you help provide a dog with a better life, but the rehoming charity or organisation will only give suitable dogs to families or owners with the right conditions. Some hounds are great with children and cats, with room to run, while others just need a quiet place to curl up and call it their forever home.
Helping to rescue a dog creates a new set of challenges for the dog owner. Most rescues are out of the puppy phase, and they may have had a rough journey or various periods in foster homes or the pound. So, you will need a full arsenal of treats, aids and correctors to help get the dog off to a good start. Taking control of the dog from day one will help make it a better, healthier companion.
The first step will be to let your rescue dog settle into its new home. Provide it with a comfortable bed, an area to go to the toilet, and let the dog know, using gates or gentle nudging, where it can and cannot go. You can use a discourager scent to prevent it from starting to chew up furniture, garden flora or other decors
You can either purchase a discourager scent which is available in pet stores or you can simply make one at home. Using some apple cider vinegar, combine two parts with one part regular vinegar in a spray bottle, shake well and apply it on the furniture your dog likes to chew that it may take an interest in. This mixture will act as a deterrent.
Rescue dogs are usually seen by a vet before rehoming, but they can still end up in your home with poor teeth and other conditions that are expensive to treat medically. Although generally, dog health problems need the attention of a vet, some mild conditions can be addressed using simple home remedies that is especially true for teeth related dog problems.
For example using canine tooth cleaning products or plaque control can help restore their white teeth and get rid of any doggy breath problems before the hound ends up requiring an expensive cleaning procedure.
A microchip is a very small device (about the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet's neck. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. A microchip is a great way to make sure that in case your dog gets lost it will be returned to you.
Tagging your dog is a legal requirement In the UK according to the Control of Dogs Order 1992. It states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. A good tip is not to write your dog's name on the tag so that in the event that your dog gets stolen their name will not be known which will make it difficult for the person who stole your dog to resell it to someone else.
Vaccinating your dog is important to prevent diseases that can shorten their life. It not only reduces the spread of infectious diseases but also protects you as well. After having their initial vaccinations your dog will need regular booster injections throughout their life.
When it comes to going for those first walks, using a no-pull harness can provide you with better control over the dog, large or small, compared to a regular lead. Only let the dog off in confined areas at first until you can trust it to socialise with other dogs and have taught it some recall.
Remember a supply of poo bags and a dog drink, especially in warmer weather, and you and your new canine friend should have a wonderful life together!
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