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Spotlight On Rescue Dogs

May 15 2024

Are you thinking of adopting a dog? If so, you could consider getting a rescue. Many of our adorable canine patients are rescues who fell on hard times but are now living their best lives as cherished pets. This article features a local Hendersonville, NC vet discussing rescue dogs.

What Are The Perks Of Adopting A Rescue Dog?

We adore seeing rescue dogs go to good homes! There are some great benefits to going this route.

Rescue dogs are frequently very devoted and affectionate. In fact, many people claim that their rescue dogs are the best pets they’ve ever owned. This just makes sense. Fido is certainly intelligent enough to recognize and appreciate someone who takes care of him and is kind to him. 

You also get to select your ideal pooch! Rescue pups come in all shapes, sizes, colors, breeds, ages, and activity levels. 

Many rescue puppies are very reasonably priced to adopt, and they are frequently already fixed and trained. 

Giving a rescue dog a second opportunity can be quite gratifying. Plus, the first time Fido looks at you or wags his tail to greet you, your heart may melt.

When Did National Rescue Dog Day Begin?

Every year on May 20th, we celebrate Rescue Dog Day. This is a relatively new pet holiday, launched in 2018 by children’s book author Lisa Wiehebrink. She is the executive director of Tails That Teach, an organization that educates children about pets. She established Rescue Dog Day in memory of her own rescue pooch, Cooper.

The honorary doggy holiday is a pawesome  time to honor the rescue canines who have won our hearts, completed our families, and simply brought love and joy into our lives with their cute joyful happy dances, tail wags, and snoot boops. It’s also an excellent opportunity to encourage folks who are thinking about adopting a pup to do so through a rescue.

What is the 3/3/3 Rule for Dog Adoptions?

This is a way to remind people that Fido may need some time to get used to big changes, like moving. Even when Man’s Best Friend goes to a lovely and loving permanent home (as we believe all dogs deserve), it will take time for him to acclimate to the change. 

The rule of thumb is that it will take a new dog three days to adjust to his unfamiliar surroundings, three weeks to settle in, and three months to truly feel safe and loved.

How Do You Apply the 3/3/3 Rule?

The 3-3-3 rule is a guideline for easing a rescue dog into its new home and settling in. It proposes that the first three days should be spent adjusting to its new surroundings, followed by three weeks of training and bonding, and then three months of continuing socializing and training.

  • The First 3 Days: You only want to help Fido feel safe right now. Make sure he has a comfortable, quiet place to unwind and settle in. While you don’t want to go overboard with treats, this is an excellent time to provide some tasty snacks. Use small ones so you don’t overfeed your canine buddy. Avoid forcing your attention on Fido; instead, speak to him in a gentle and friendly tone. If he enjoys being petted, indulge him; if he is shy, just give him time.

Don’t be shocked if your new dog sleeps a lot at first, especially if he came from a shelter. Shelter dogs can be highly scared and stressed, and Fido may simply need more rest to decompress.

Positive reinforcement is key. If Fido does anything wrong, such as make a mess, do not penalize him. You can express your disapproval verbally, but any form of punishment beyond that could terrify him. Ask your vet for advice on any behavioral issues.

  • The First 3 Weeks: The next step, after Fido has had some time to explore his new home, is to establish a bond and teach him any necessary doggy petiquette. Creating a consistent routine is critical here. Take Fido on daily walks and spend time playing with him. Try to do these things at the same times every day. This will make him feel secure.

When walking your canine pal, use a strong leash. That way, if he tries to flee unexpectedly, you’ll have a solid handle on him.

Your canine buddy should also visit his new Hendersonville, NC, veterinarian as soon as possible. Even if he has been fixed and vaccinated, he will require a full nose-to-tail exam. This is an excellent moment to seek specialized guidance regarding his care requirements. Microchipping should also be on the agenda.

Fido may put you to the test at this period. Contact your veterinarian for assistance if you encounter speed bumps or behavioral difficulties.

  • The First 3 Months: By this point, you and Fido should have become acquainted. Now it’s time to concentrate on training and forming a connection of love and trust. Taking your canine buddy to locations like parks will boost his confidence and happiness.

Is It A Good Idea To Crate A Rescue Dog Overnight?

There is no general yes or no response to this question. Crates make many of our furry pals feel safer. They provide Fido with a safe little den, so he knows nothing will sneak up on him while he sleeps. But you don’t want to force it, especially if your canine friend was in a kennel for too long or has a bad fear of them.

One method is to teach your furry friend to enter his box but keep the door open. You might also keep the crate in your bedroom. Fido may feel safer being near you. Or he may want to feel like he’s doing his ‘job’ by keeping an eye on you and protecting you, though it may take a bit for that instinct to kick in.

Tips For Adopting A Dog

Above all, we would suggest doing lots of research on helping a rescue dog adjust. However, we can offer a few more key tips.

Take It Slow On Gotcha Day

We normally recommend giving Fido a quiet spot to unwind and settle in. If you have other pets, seek advice from your veterinarian on how to introduce them. It’s also a good idea to bring your canine buddy for a walk around the block before bringing him indoors.

Remember To Petproof

All of our canine companions are unique. While one dog may disregard your shoes and houseplants, another may be determined to eat them up. Address any potential hazards to ensure the safety of your home. This includes hazardous plants, small or sharp objects, chemicals, medications, plastic bags, personal goods, and wires. Ask your vet for tips.

Let Love Grow

Remember that rescue animals may require additional time, training, and, most importantly, love in order to thrive. It’s a great thing to see a dog thrive with love and care! However, this may not happen immediately. Your furry friend may be confused, afraid, or even melancholy because he misses his former owner. Be patient, and allow love to grow. 

Contact Your Hendersonville, NC Pet Clinic For An Appointment

Have you got any queries about caring for a rescue dog? Contact us, your neighborhood Hendersonville, NC pet hospital, now!