Having this rescue dog introduction guide to help you introduce your new dog to others should be very helpful. Some rescue dogs are quite cautious when they are around new people.

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However, once they get to know the person a little better, they often seem to bond very tightly. This is especially true if you give them lots of physical attention. They seem to crave hugs and physical touch.

Make Challenging Introductions Easier With These Rescue Dog Introduction Guide Tips

Introducing rescue pets, whether to new people or other dogs, can be challenging and, at times, quite difficult. This is basically because you have no clue about their previous experiences.

The fact is that every dog has its own unique personality and emotional baggage from its life up to this point in time. However, the rules and guidelines on the safe introduction of dogs apply to all dog types.

Basic Tips From the Rescue Dog Introduction Guide Are Easy to Follow

Independent of your dog’s personality, this rescue dog introduction guide has a number of tips on how to introduce them to unfamiliar people. Careful adherence to these tips should help you achieve peaceful socialization at all times.

Pay attention to the dog and guide the other party on what to do! Being able to read a dog’s body language is very helpful. I recommend that you do a little research on this topic as this skill will come in handy many times when dealing with dogs.

Generally, dogs love calm and quiet introductions. Never ever allow a stranger to touch or even speak to your dog unless you are completely sure that your dog is open to the attention.

When introducing your rescued animal to new folks it is as important to pay as much attention to the person as it is to the animal. They also bring past experiences to the encounter that will have an effect on how well things go.

Some general tips that should guide the introduction of your rescued dog to new folks include the following:

  1. Pay attention to your pup’s body language. This includes their eyes, ears, and even tails as their body are how they communicate their feelings.
  2. Kindly ask the person to keep their excitement under control as too much enthusiasm can prove overwhelming to the new pup.
  3. Let your dog have complete control over when to meet and engage a new individual as much as possible. Sometimes, it is necessary for another person to be involved in their care and you cannot delay the introduction. However, the ideal situation is when the dog is calm and interested in approaching the individual being introduced to them.
  4. Remind the other party to pet your rescue dog’s side and not their head. A scratch on the chest is usually well-received as well. They should also avoid making direct eye contact as this may be taken as confrontation by the dog.  No one should place their hand anywhere near their muzzle in the beginning, not even for the dog to smell their hand.
  5. Provide treats and give some to the other person. This is the best way to help introductions go smoothly.dog bones, puppy, pet
6. Remember to reward positive actions from the animal as it helps to reinforce good behavior. Verbal praise is just as important as giving an edible treat. Be generous with both.

How to introduce a rescued dog at home using the rescue dog introduction guide

When making introductions at home, have some ground rules set beforehand. Have the new folk informed that they should adhere to the following tips.

�� Dress in clothes that they do not mind getting dirty.

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�� Focus on you before shifting their attention to the rescue dog.

�� Stay relaxed and calm when the animal sniffs them before petting.
�� Use verbal cues similar to yours.
��Just to be safe, have your guests send a text to you so you can escort them inside in case the dog reacts negatively to the stranger.
Notifying the dog owner you are nearby
Texting your arrival time to meet the new dog

When it comes to outdoor introductions

Outdoor introductions work best and you should let your dog get used to new people slowly.
After saying hi, let your dog sniff the new person’s shoes.
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puppy sniffing the shoe of a new friend
Just to be cautious, step on its leash to prevent it from jumping. Hopefully, after a few sniffs, your dog will be comfortable and settle down.
If your dog happens to be nervous when meeting new people, try not to introduce too many people in one session.

How to introduce your rescue dog on walks

Whenever a stranger approaches your dog, speak up and let them know what to do. Use phrases such as:

  1.  Go ahead and say hi.
  2. Please let him sniff your shoes first.
  3. Do not place your hand near his muzzle, even for him to sniff it.
  4. Keep your hands away from his face at the beginning,
  5. He loves to have his ears (or chest) scratched.

Keep Your Dog In Mind

You have to be very aware of your animal’s personality, body language, and any particular fears or behaviors. If she is social, follow the guidelines above for introductions. However, don’t feel bad about avoiding strangers on walks if need be or asking them to not approach your dog.

It is advisable to always walk your animal away when someone is paying them too much attention. You can also avoid people altogether if you wish to do so.
Remember that introductions = socialization. And, that socialization is very important for your dog to master.

If your dog is the nervous type, try gradual introductions. Keep in mind that with time, patience and practice:

  1. you will acquire the necessary skills to help with the introduction of your dog
  2. your dog will become comfortable meeting new people

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As Wife, Mother of 5, and Nana of many more, I have known and loved many dogs who were treasured members of our family. My education, experiences in showing, breeding, and developing pedigree-based breeding programs for others gives me a strong background upon which to base articles of interest to most dog lovers. However, it is my great love for dogs that gives me the passion to share them with other dog lovers.


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