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Dog Rehoming - Settling In



First Night Nerves


Rehomed dogs can sometimes feel a little unsettled in their new home for the first few nights. Make sure your dog's bedtime routine is peaceful by following these guidelines:

  1. Give your dog a bed of his own. Place this in a quiet area and encourage him to use it during the day for calm times and naps - not just at night. Indoor crates or cages offer even large dogs wonderful security and can be made snug and cosy with bedding and blankets.

  2. Your dog may feel isolated and lonely on his first few nights in his new home. Some owners are happy to place the dog's bed or cage close to them so that he can have some reassurance that he's not alone. Others prefer to have their new dog sleep in the kitchen. Either way, try not to go to him if he cries or barks as this may inadvertently encourage the behaviour.

  3. Make sure your dog has had a chance to go to the toilet before bed. Dogs also need to relieve themselves as soon as they wake, especially if they have been used to kennel life - so don't expect a lie-in for a while. Get up early and take your dog into the garden straight away to encourage reliable house training.



Routine Harmony

Establishing a routine for your new dog is the best way to ensure he settles into your new home as quickly as possible. Try not to overcompensate for your dog's previous history - no matter how sad or difficult. Bear in mind that he's yours now, and that his security in his new home will depend on you treating him as normally as possible.
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Feed your dog at the same times and in the same places to begin with and make sure that he spends a short time on his own each day, to prevent him from becoming overdependent on you.


Play with your dog using toys and start some basic, fun training from day one. This will help to build his confidence and his relationship with you from the outset.





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