How long does it take a rescue dog to adjust?

When adopting dogs, tutors always wonder how long the new dog will adapt to the new home. When will the dogs start to like the new guardians? That’s why this post will talk about the adaptability of newly adopted dogs.

How long does it take a rescue dog to adjust?

Rescued dogs may have a little trouble adjusting to their new home. The dog’s adaptation is very variable between animals. Several factors can influence the adaptation of dogs.

One of the first reasons that can influence the adaptation of dogs is the experience lived by the animals before adoption. Some dogs may have suffered from aggression that makes them angrier and can often lead to dogs being aggressive towards new owners. On the other hand, dogs that have had good experiences, they can be more affectionate and adapt more easily to the new environment.

The tutors’ home and the relationship with the new guardians can also influence the dogs’ adaptation. Guardians who spend time with animals and invest time in activities and games can make the dog more comfortable by adapting easily and quickly to new owners.

But owners who are not as attentive to new dogs and don’t play or do activities with their new dogs, these may not create a good relationship with new owners.

Dog training with an animal behavior specialist is very important in adapting rescued dogs to new homes. It is worth remembering that many of these animals lived on the streets, and it was necessary to adapt beyond space with the new guardians.

It is also necessary to know how to adapt the rescued dog with the other animals in the house. Owners’ animals can be strange to new inhabitants and can also be a little aggressive towards these dogs. Dogs can be extremely territorial, so training is necessary so that the animals are not aggressive with each other.

How to adopt a rescued dog?

The best way to adopt a rescued dog is to adopt the dog from ONGs and animal protection organizations. In this way it is possible to be sure that the dog really does not have an owner.

In ONGs, people who want to adopt a puppy can be selected through an interview and, to finalize the adoption, they must sign a term of commitment, taking responsibility for the health and well-being of the animal.

Adopting dogs is a very important act of love. Because many abandoned dogs end up getting sick and becoming a focus of disease transmission to healthy dogs and even transmitting diseases to humans. In addition, abandoned dogs are not always neutered, thus increasing the problem of dogs uncontrolled population.

Benefits of adopting a rescued dog

There are several benefits to adopting a rescued dog, including:

  • Help in population control;
  • Reduces the chances of accidents and early death of dogs;
  • Public health;
  • Improve the quality of life for dogs.

Just removing an animal from the street or from ONGs reduces the number of abandoned animals in addition to the dogs being neutered and well taken care of, thus avoiding unwanted breeds that increase the number of animals on the streets.

When rescued animals are adopted, they lose access to the street. Thus, reducing the chances of the animal suffering any accident. However, great care must be taken, especially in the first days when the animal is in the new home, because as they are adapted to the streets, new dogs may want to venture out on the streets, thus trying to escape, unwanted escapes can favor accidents.

Reducing the number of stray dogs also reduces the chances of some infectious diseases circulating. Because dogs, when domesticated, have limited access to the streets and even contact with stray animals becomes sporadic. 

In addition, care for rescued dogs such as vaccination and deworming make the animals protected from various diseases that circulate on the streets.

Finally, when a dog is adopted, it receives affection, attention and even health care from a family. In addition, many dogs are adopted to be in the company of other animals, thus improving the general quality of life of dogs, since the dog is not an animal that likes to live alone.


Adaptation of a rescued dog can take time, but it can also be quick. A dog’s adjustment time may vary due to the individual experiences these dogs have had. In addition, the way each tutor deals with the new pet can also influence the adaptation of these animals. The use of techniques and training suggested by a veterinarian specializing in canine behavior can help dogs adapt quickly to new tutors and the new environment. Finally, adopting a rescued dog can bring several benefits to the animal and to public health in general.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How long does it take a rescue dog to adjust?

​​What to do if my dog ran away?

If your dog has run away you can do the following:

  • Look for the dog in the region where it was lost;
  • Make collective searches, posters and pamphlets in addition to disseminating on social networks;
  • Contact clinics, NGOs, shelters and pet shops;
  • Try to track the animal if it has traceable tags;
  • Use dog search platforms.

How long can a dog be missing?

There is no period in which the dog can be missing. Ideally, start the search as soon as possible. Research shows that after 12 hours in which the dog is missing, the chances of finding him decrease dramatically.

When the puppies are going to die will they go away?

Dogs have a habit of self-protection, when they feel that something is not right, they tend to hide and even hide. Despite being domesticated, this act is one of the remnants of the wildest side of the animal.


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