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Thinking about ddopting a rescue pet? Do's and don'ts for your new furry friend

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 3:55 PM

Rescue pets make wonderful companions. They add companionship and love to your life, plus you are helping a pet in need. Here are some pointers to help make the transition to your home smooth:

Do's:

*Do teach your dog inside your home, not on the street to reduce distractions.

*Do give him some alone time to enjoy his new chew toys.

*Do bathe your new dog to wash off the "homeless" smell, but don't wet his head first. Begin from the tail area first. This can be less of a shock, especially if they have never had a bath.

*Do allow time for natural hierarchy to develop between your new and current pets. Do respect the hierarchy. Greet, feed, and give other privileges first to the dog that ranks higher, regardless of his time in your family.

*Do remember that things get better with time.

Don'ts:

*Don't let people touch your new dog on his head. Start with the less threatening areas of the chest or lower back. Always approach a dog with the back of your hand not the palm.

*Don't make a big deal when you leave and return home. This will help prevent separation anxiety. Many rescue dogs are very unsure if you will return.

*Don't stop your older dog from growling at your new dog. Observe them to make sure it doesn't escalate, and intervene only if necessary.

*Don't take anything your new dog does personally.

Please consider adoption. There are so many wonderful pets that need a loving home.

If you have questions about rescue, please contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of the Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at catdoc56@gmail.com or 870-483-6275.



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