Helping A Rescued Dog Shine

Have you recently decided to give a rescue dog a new home? That’s wonderful! We love seeing dogs get second chances. However, your furry pal may need some time to adjust and settle in, especially if he or she was saved from a bad situation. Here, a Murrieta, CA vet discusses helping a rescue dog shine.

Day One

When you bring Fido home, take him for a walk before you bring him inside, so he’s less antsy. It will also help if he doesn’t have to go potty. If possible, set up a quiet back room with bedding, toys, treats, and food. This will allow your pet to have some space of his own, where he can relax and settle in. Be sure to do some puppyproofing!

Don’t Expect Perfection

You won’t really know for certain at first how well Fido has been trained, or whether or not he has any bad habits or phobias. Be prepared for a few hiccups, such as chewing, jumping, or begging. It will take some time for your canine pal to learn the rules of his new home, so patience is crucial. Be consistent, and start working on any behavioral issues right away.

Be Ready For Breakouts

Major changes can be very stressful for dogs. Fido may not realize that he’s found his forever home right away, and could try to break out. He may also run if something scares him. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is strong, and is too tall for your four-legged buddy to jump. You may want to bury chicken wire on the bottom of the fence, and weight it down with rocks. This will keep him from digging out. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate and a sturdy leash.


A trip to the vet should be one of the first things on your agenda. If Fido hasn’t been spayed or neutered yet, you’ll want to see to this right away. Microchipping and parasite control are also in order, as is a full exam.

Tail Wags

Give Fido lots of time to adjust. Offer him toys and treats, and take time to walk and play with him every day. With patience, training, and great TLC, you’ll have that tail going before you know it!

Please contact us, your local Murrieta, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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