Bringing a new pet into your home is like bringing in a new household member. Not only will the new pet need to adjust — everyone in the home will need to make changes and get used to their new living arrangement.
The first week with a new rescue dog especially can be a make-or-break part of the experience. It’s a critical time to bond with your new pet and establish routines and norms that will keep the household comfortable and happy — both for your new dog, and for the rest of the family.
So before bringing a rescue dog home, you should know what to expect during those first seven days — and how you can best prepare yourself to make them go as smoothly as possible. Follow our steps for the first seven days with a new rescue dog, and you and your pup will both get as much benefit out of this crucial time together as possible.
Whether you’re planning to bring your new fur baby home soon or have already enjoyed several days of cuddles on the couch, we on the Huan team want to be among the first to welcome you to the wonderful world of dog ownership!
And we also want to assure you that it’s never too soon to start reading up on the best ways to care for your furry friend so that you can enjoy many more years of cuddles together.
That’s why we’ve compiled this guide chock-full of tips from our own lives — as well as some of the best pet experts out there — to help you master everything a first-time dog owner should know.