Re-homing an animal is a long-term commitment and in order to cut down on the number of stray and abandoned animals each year it’s important to consider if a dog will fit in with your type of lifestyle.
What to expect:
Your first week is going to be very exciting but it may also be a bit stressful. When a dog has been in the rescue environment, there will inevitably be some level of stress built up and you may find, with some dogs, it takes a week or two for them to settle. Other dogs may settle straight away. Hopefully you will have considered the above points and decided on what boundaries you wish to set before your dog arrives home.
When you arrive home it is advisable to take your new dog for a little walk if possible to allow him the opportunity to go to the toilet before you enter the house. If you have another dog this is also an ideal opportunity for them to meet outside of the home environment and then enter the house together.
It is important to try not to overwhelm your dog by introducing them to all of your friends and family too quickly. Give it a week or two with just your immediate family and then slowly introduce them to other people.
Some things to consider:
There may be lots of things which you haven’t considered to be a danger to a dog within the home and garden. Take a walk around your home, think like a dog, what could be a danger or what may get damaged?