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How to PREP for a RESCUE DOG | What to Expect (FIRST NIGHT)



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why are they so loud you guys you're so

loud you need to stop being so loud

visited your local shelter fell in love

and now you're ready to adopt a dog but

you've never done this before and you're

not sure what to expect if this sounds

like you then you're in the right place

in this video we are talking about how

to prepare to bring your rescue dog home

and what to expect on the very first

night and then at the end of this video

I'm gonna be giving you guys some extra

video and a storytime about the very

first night that I brought my rescue dog

home he came from a hoarding situation

in Israel and his background was really

awful so it was quite the ordeal

bringing him into my house for the first

time but I think that hearing that story

will really help you guys to calm some

of your nerves for that very first night

that you bring your new dog home okay

let's get started okay the first thing

that I want to suggest is to clear your

schedule as much as you possibly can if

possible even take off work when you're

bringing your new rescue dog home it is

a very scary thing for a dog to go from

a shelter situation into a new home that

doesn't know with people that it doesn't

know and it needs that time to be able

to develop a bond with you in order to

feel comfortable in your house if you

bring your dog home and then are

immediately rushing off to work your

dogs not gonna feel comfortable it's not

gonna understand where it is so you need

to give it that time and the best way

that you can do that is by clearing your

schedule and if possible taking off work

I suggest taking off at least a week if

that is possible for you but if if you

can't take that off then try doing three

or four days that your dog can start to

get into a routine and feel comfortable

before you go back to work another thing

that will make a huge difference when

you're bringing your new rescue dog home

is to make your home as calm as possible

which is easier said than done for most

of us it's going to you very very

tempting for you to take your dog all

these new places and invite your friends

over to meet your new dog but it's gonna

be very overwhelming as it is for your

dog let alone to be meeting all these

new people and going all these new

places

so we need to make it as calm and as

comfortable for our dogs in the

beginning they say it takes around three

or four days for a dog just to shake off

the stress of being in a shelter so we

need to give them that time and give

them a safe calm place so that they can

shake off all of those nerves before

your dog gets to your house try to

remove anything that could potentially

be a choking hazard or that could injure

your dog so anything new your dog could

chew apart or any kind of chemicals or

cleaning products just put those tough

those away put those high up just get

them away from your dog because your dog

might be a little curious when it

arrives at your house and we just want

to make sure that everything is as safe

as possible I'm suggesting up all of

your supplies before your new dog gets

to your house that way you don't need to

be running to the pet shop all the time

to be getting new things baby gates are

going to be your best friend when your

new rescue dog comes to your house you

don't want them having full access to

the entire house and the reason that I

say this is because we want to

house-train them ASAP not every single

dog that comes from a shelter is going

to be house trained oftentimes they're

not so we need to really work with them

in the beginning to do that if they're

allowed to go and sneak off into

different rooms there is a high

probability that they're gonna be going

into the bathroom in those rooms just

because they don't know where they're

allowed to go to the bathroom yet and we

need to show them so make sure that all

all of the room doors are closed and if

you need to you can baby gate your dog

in a certain area like for example the

kitchen or something like that and then

slowly introduce them to new rooms in

the house

speaking of house training in the

beginning you want to take your new

rescue dog outside to go to the bathroom

every hour and when they do go to the

bathroom outside you want to praise them

and you want to give them treats show

them that they did a good job the reason

that we do this is we want them to start

associating outside with the bathroom

and not inside because a lot of dogs

that have been in a shelter are not

house trained they were allowed to go to

the bathroom inside and they're used to

that so we do not want them associating

are nice carpets with that shelter

flooring now they're not gonna go to the

bathroom every hour every single time

you bring them out but we want to give

them the opportunity to do that so in

the beginning try to take them

side every hour even if it's just for a

couple of minutes to let them sniff

around we just want to show them that

that's where they're allowed to go to

the bathroom all right let's talk about

what you can expect on the very first

night because that can be really

stressful for a lot of new owners now

every single dog is going to react

differently to finding a new home it

really depends on their personality and

their background and their experience so

I can't say with a hundred percent

certainty how your dog is going to react

oftentimes the shelter's don't even know

because a dog in a shelter can be

completely different in a house setting

but there are some types of behaviors

that are a little bit more common than

others with new rescue dogs in their new

homes so that's what we're gonna go over

right now in all likelihood your new dog

is going to be shy they're going to be

afraid and they may even whine a little

bit on the first night if you think

about it with other mammals like humans

let's say a child who is in foster care

a new child that is going into a new

home isn't going to feel comfortable the

very first night they're going to be

afraid they're going to be sad they're

not gonna know what's going on it's the

exact same with dogs so don't expect

your new dog to jump in bed with you and

sleep there on the first night you need

to develop a bond and your dog needs to

learn that they can trust you now there

are some dogs that will immediately jump

in the bed like I said it really depends

on personality and background but don't

expect your dog to do this right off the

bat you may be really eager to crate

train your dog and that's great I

totally support crate training but if

your dog is not used to being in a crate

you can't put them in the crate and then

just expect them to be okay especially

if it's on the first night you need to

crate train them slowly over time for

them to be able to start associating

their crate with a calm setting kind of

like their own little bedroom that's

where the baby gates are really gonna

come in handy because you can baby gate

off a certain section that will sort of

act as a crate without having that same

feeling about it because we don't want

your dog immediately having negative

associations with a crate now the

absolute most important thing for you to

do with your new rescue dog is to work

on trust and bonding now over time your

dog is going to start naturally trusting

you once it sees that you are a good

human but there are some things that we

can do right off the bat to help to

speed up that process a little bit and

make the transition

for your dog as soon as you wake up and

right before you go to bed are really

big times for dogs when it comes to

bonding and that's because in feral dog

packs that is the one time in the day

that they all sleep close together and

they do that for protection and also for

warmth and so they're used to having

that physical contact with other with

other animals in those times so how we

duplicate this is in the morning right

when you wake up and then at night right

before you go to sleep just take ten

minutes or so and sit down with your dog

petting them talking to them giving them

treats just showing some extra love and

attention that will really help to speed

up that bonding process between you and

your new dog you've probably heard this

one before and that is to give a ton of

treats and praise to your new dog and

that's because we want to get them to

start associating us with lovely things

and how we do that is we give them lots

of praise and lots of attention even

when they're not doing anything just

give them as much love as you possibly

can so that they start to trust you

something that is equally as important

as building that trusting bond with your

dog is to set up a consistent routine

right off the bat the second that you

bring your new dog home dogs love

structure and I'm not saying that you

need to have like an alpha-beta type

relationship but what I am saying is you

need to be a leader so you need to set

up a routine you need to feed them and

give them walks at the same time so that

they know what to expect in their day

dogs thrive in that kind of setting so

any of the rules that you're gonna have

in your house start instilling them

right away if you don't want your dog to

be up on the couch don't let them up on

the couch right from the beginning they

need to know their rules so that they

know what they can and cannot do right

away so get on that okay so my dog Jango

who passed away about a year ago but

we're gonna talk about him anyway

because he was the love of my life but

also the most difficult thing that I

have ever done so he came from a

hoarding situation in Israel the

conditions were absolutely horrendous

where he came from

like no medical care they didn't have

enough food so they were just feeding

them bread they had to be all shoved

into these cages it was just awful

before that we don't know what his

background was he could have been a

street dog he could have been tossed

around we

don't have any idea and all that we know

is that he was probably abused at some

point because he kind of had a little

bit of a thing with feet so if you move

your feet too fast he was not a big fan

of that and yet if he was kind of afraid

of men in the beginning so that was his

background and I knew a lot of that

stuff before adopting him now when we

first brought him home so when in my

apartment as soon as you go in there was

immediately stairs down there's a bit of

a landing and he refused such like

flat-out refused he was terrified he

would not go down the stairs which

obviously was a problem because that's

how you got into my apartment so for the

first three weeks or so that we had him

he lived on that top landing and he

would refuse to go down now of course I

could have like pushed him down the

stairs but I was really really working

to build that trust and that bond with

him and I didn't want to break that

trust by doing making him do something

that he didn't want to do so we worked

more with like we cooked an entire

chicken and they had it at the bottom of

the stairs which he didn't come to we

brought a female dog in heat and put her

at the bottom of the stairs which he

didn't go do either so we really worked

to just build his trust with that and

then of course we set up a constant

routine for him and all of the things

that I've mentioned before but it took

him three entire weeks to have the

confidence to go down the stairs I'll

never forget the first day that he

showed any kind of affection towards me

so this was maybe I would say a week

after he had was going down the stairs

but he was still like minding his own

business off to the side which is kind

of a classic trait for an Australian

Cattle Dog which is what he was and it

was I was sitting on my bed and he

jumped up for a split second licked my

hand and then jumped back down and I was

in such shock because he had never

showed me any kind of attention or

affection at all that I just sat there

like what's happening and I just burst

into tears because it just made me so

emotional and then from then on we just

kept on slowly building that bond and

building that trust and I'm telling you

it took a long time it

I took him about three months probably

more than that to be honest three to six

months for him to actually show his true

colors and to show his true personality

before that he was mostly just a scared

little bunny in the corner it was awful

but after that he just ran with it he

just opened up so much to us and it's

really because we worked on that

trusting relationship when I don't know

if he ever had that anytime in his life

before so yes it was stressful it was a

lot to handle but in the end it was so

worth it and that's just something that

I want to reiterate to you guys is it

takes a while for dogs to really settle

in so don't have your new dog with you

for one week decide that it's not

working out and then try to return it to

the shelter this happens all the time at

shelters and it's because people didn't

give the dog what it needed and they

didn't give it enough time to actually

settle in it was still terrified it was

still stressed and it didn't know what

was going on so you really need to set

up your dog for that transition as best

as you possibly can and give them the

time that they need before you make a

decision thank you guys for watching

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