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The Rule of 3s: Welcoming a Rescue Pup into Your Home

Casey Morrison, from Weare New Hampshire, joined the Red Pointy Dog Training team in 2023 as our Client Care Specialist and we're excited to announce that soon she'll be taking on dog training clients in and around Weare, Henniker, New Boston, Goffstown, Dunbarton, Deering, and Hopkinton New Hampshire. If you're looking for puppy training and problem solving, basic manners, obedience, working with jumping, leash manners, recall or anything else, Casey is happy to help!


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Did you create a New Year's resolution that included bringing home a new rescue dog? Well, If you haven't jumped at the opportunity to welcome a new dog to your home, 2024 could be your year!

When it comes to adding a new dog to your home, you want to be sure to pick what fits your family’s lifestyle. Are you active? Do you have young children? Do you have other animals? Maybe you just want a couch potato. Do you want a young dog to train or an older pup with manners? Be sure to have an idea of what you are looking for before you start your search so that you are bringing home the best match for your family.

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Once you have picked out the perfect addition, bringing home your pup and giving them the time to settle in can be challenging. Every rescue pup is different and their background can impact how quickly or slowly they settle in. The 3-3-3 rule is a helpful guide for every rescue pup to settle into a new home. It can help you and your new pup build a strong foundation for a long and happy life together.

The first 3 days are an adjustment period for your new pup in their new environment and decompressing from being in a shelter or at a foster home. They may not act quite like themselves, they may not eat much and they may be nervous. It is best to just go at your pup’s pace and let them investigate their new surroundings as they are ready.

In the next 3 weeks, your new pup will be settling in more, getting used to the family’s routine, and feeling like themselves. They will be comfortable enough to start showing their true personality. This is a great time to connect with a trainer to start training with your new pup as you are learning who they are. If any behavioral issues are popping up, you will have support and the ability to address them quickly.

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After 3 months your pup will be completely comfortable in their new home and an integrated part of the family. They will be set in the family routine and bonded with all the family members. It is always great to continue training to keep your pup mentally and physically entertained to continue a great relationship.

If you feel as though you could use the support with your new rescue pup, feel free to reach out! We are here to help if any behavioral concerns pop up or just to help create a strong bond between you and your new pup. Click here to send us any questions or to connect about working with us.

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