Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization is a wonderful way to help homeless pets all over the world! You can start preparing for the arrival of your new canine companion even before you’ve chosen the right dog.

Bringing an adult dog or older puppy home from a sanctuary or rescue is not the same as bringing home a very young dog. Each has advantages and disadvantages. You should be prepared for the first few weeks after your recently adopted dog arrives in your home. The better prepared you are, the easier the transition will be.


Prepare areas for your dog where it can feel safe and dog-proof your home before bringing it home. Bed, food, and water bowls, as well as toys, should be available to the dog. Be sure the crate is ready if you plan to use a crate, it may be something they are already used to.


Check to see if your new dog has any special items from its foster home or shelter (such as a toy, bed, or blanket). Making your house feel like home is important.

What Do You Need?

To spend time with your rehomed doggy, you’ll need to gather up a few basic dog supplies ahead of time.¬†

  • Dog food – Make sure you look at some Freshpet dog food reviews
  • Collar, ID tag, and leash
  • Veterinary records
  • Dog bed and crate (if using)
  • Food and water bowls
  • Toys

Protect Them From Getting Lost

A collar and ID tag with your phone number should be made ahead of time. You should bring it with you to the dog’s new home. Even in the worst-case scenario, it is highly unlikely that your dog will be able to find its way back to your house if it runs off or wanders away. There is a possibility that the dog will be stressed or scared since he will be in an unfamiliar environment. When it’s outside, make sure it’s on a leash or in a securely fenced area so that it can’t get lost.

Bond With Your Dog

You should spend those first few days connecting with your new dog, but you should also give it some space. Allow it to spend time in the crate rather than with you if that is what it prefers. You can, however, start encouraging your dog to interact with you by using treats and a gentle, soft voice.

You must still establish a routine and create “house rules.” Begin feeding, walking, and communicating with your dog on a consistent daily basis. Establish any areas in or around your home that are off-limits to your dog from the start. This can be accomplished by either restricting access to the areas or by utilising the “leave it” command.

Begin Training Immediately

Training should begin as soon as your new dog arrives home, but it is best to begin slowly. Housebreaking is a top priority. Many rescue and shelter dogs are already housetrained but expect a few mishaps in the first few weeks. Work on simple commands and loose-leash walking first, then progress to tricks and additional training. Above all, remember to stay positive.


This short guide should help you when you are adopting a dog. There are of course other things that can help too, do you have any tips to add? Please share a few in the comments below.