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According to the ASPCA, 3.2 million people adopt a rescue pet every year. And if you are one of them you know that there is no feeling like the one you get as you lock eyes with a dog and know its “the one.” Whether you visited your local shelter, you fell in love as you walked through a rescue outside your favorite big box store, or you agreed to adopt a pup site unseen from a website like Petfinder, the day you bring home a new dog is one of the most memorable days ever. It’s important to remember though, that your new rescue dog has been through some upheaval and there are several things you need to keep in mind as your new pet adjusts to their new family.
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Your new pup is most likely freaking out, and that’s OK. He’s been through an ordeal, either surrendered by his previous owner, picked up as a stray, and/or separated from its mom and litter mates for the first time. Rescue facilities, while important and necessary, aren’t exactly calm, quiet places. Your new dog was probably in a run or cage, maybe with one or two other dogs in the same run with him, surrounded by even more dogs in other cages, all of them barking and howling. Then, a stranger (you) put him in a car (which may or may not be frightening in itself), and took him to another completely new place. It is an adjustment, so be sure to give your pet time to get used to the new digs.