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Adopting a Rescued Dog

June 15 2015

Have you recently decided to adopt a dog from a rescue or animal shelter? We want to offer our support and congratulations! Here at your McHenry, IL veterinary clinic, we love to see pets going to great forever homes. Going to a new home is a huge life change for a dog, so the first few days are going to be critical.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Be Prepared

Make sure that you have all of Fido’s things ready and waiting for him. Your new furry friend will need food, bedding, crate, toys, and treats. Get a sturdy leash and collar, in case your pup tries to bolt. If you have a yard, check the fencing to be sure it is secure. Also, make sure that everyone in your household is in agreement about your new canine buddy’s care. Decide in advance who is responsible for feeding, walking, playing, training, and grooming your furry new family member.

Don’t Go Right Home

When you go to pick up your new canine pal, don’t go home immediately. Instead, take your new furbaby for a long walk. This will help Fido burn off excess energy, and put him in a calmer state of mind.

Don’t Force Attention

Hugs and kisses mean affection to humans. Dogs, however, may interpret these gestures as a sign of dominance. Talk to Fido in soothing tones, and, if he likes attention, pet him or scratch his belly, but never force affection on him. Don’t pet him if he is acting anxious, nervous, excited, or scared.

Starting Out

Try to time Fido’s arrival so that you can spend a few days at home with him. At first, keep your furry pal confined to one specific room. This will give him time to get used to the smells and sounds of his new home. If you have other pets, don’t leave your furbabies alone unsupervised.


Dogs have an astounding capacity for learning. Fido may have some phobias or bad habits, but training can make a huge difference. Give your furry pal lots of love, and be patient with him. Don’t hesitate to contact a professional for assistance if needed!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Call us! As your local McHenry, IL veterinary hospital, we are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.