Did you know that May 20th is Rescue Dog Day? Unfortunately, not all of our canine companions are lucky enough to live their whole lives as pampered pets. In fact, a significant percentage of dogs that are available for adoption are rescues. Rescues can make wonderful pets, and they are often very devoted and loving to the people who are kind to them. If you’re considering adopting a dog, please consider a rescue. As your Cedar Rapids, IA veterinarian, I offer some tips on adopting Fido below.
Go All In
Our canine pals really just want someone to take them home, love them, and care for them. It would be heartbreaking for dogs to be adopted, only to be returned. Take your time deciding, and spend some time with Fido before adopting him. Adoption is a lifetime commitment!
Keep in mind that Fido may have some phobias you don’t know of. Before being put up for adoption, rescue dogs are put through a series of personality tests, and screened for things like aggression and cat tolerance. However, you may not realize in advance that your pooch is terrified of thunderstorms. He may also be scared of people who remind him of those who were mean to him in the past. Get a sturdy leash, so you can keep a good grip on your pup in case something spooks him and he tries to bolt.
Don’t Expect Perfection
Fido is a wonderful and loving pet, but that doesn’t mean he’s perfect. Your pooch may need to work on a few things. Take time to work on any behavioral therapy or training he needs. If your furry friend does something wrong, like digging, don’t punish him for it. Just focus on building trust and rewarding good behavior.
Give It Time
Trauma and neglect can really do a number on our canine buddies, both mentally and physically. Fido may take some time to settle in and feel safe, and even longer to trust you. Be patient with your furry buddy! There’s something very beautiful and special about watching a scared, anxious pup blossom into a happy, playful pet! You’ll also be rewarded for your kindness with unconditional love, nose boops, happy dances, and, of course, tail wags.
As your Cedar Rapids, IA veterinarian, I’m dedicated to offering great veterinary care. Please feel free to call me anytime!