How to settle in your rescue dog

Expert advice for your dog's big transition to your home.

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September 21, 2023

How to help your rescue dog settle in happily

Thank you for rescuing a dog and giving them a loving forever home. In my experience, no one will love you better and you can feel great that you’re giving a home to a dog in need.

If you haven't yet chosen a rescue dog, you might like to read our article on How to match yourself to a rescue dog first!

Once you have chosen your rescue dog, it can be a big transition for them to go from a rescue organisation to your place, especially for adult dogs who can be a bit less adaptable than puppies. A dog's first experience with something or someone heavily influences how they experience things moving forward, so doing things right the first time will make life a lot easier for both of you!

So here are the things I recommend you do to ensure your relationship with your dog gets off to the best possible start.

1. Before you get your dog

  • Learn about your dog
  • Learn about dog behaviour
  • Prepare your home
  • Brief the family
  • Your rescue dog around kids

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2. Pick up and first trip home

  • Picking up your dog
  • The first car ride home

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3. Day 1 at home with your dog

  • First time coming into your home
  • Introduction to Home environment
  • Introductions to family
  • Introducing other pets
  • Feeding
  • Start training from day 1
  • The first night
  • How you can help

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4. Week 1 at home with your dog

  • Bonding
  • Set up a routine
  • Concerning or challenging behaviours
  • Training

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Need more help?

If having read this blog series you need more help, please reach out.

Dogs are unique, sentient beings and every single one is different. I am here to help you with your new rescue dog! If you have any questions about your dog’s behaviour or dog training, please just ask and myself or a team member will be happy to offer some advice. You can send me a message on Facebook, Instagram or send an email to Feel free to include a video of a behaviour you’re seeing if you’d like an opinion on it.

All the best with your new family member!

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