Many people would think when a dog gets adopted it the best day of their life, they should be happy and excited to see their new family and their new home, just slow down a bit, it's certainly a day that will change a dogs life forever, but for some the feeling of being overwhelmed may cloud everything else.
Simply being adopted can be a stressful experience for your dog and they have to face it alone. They have been taken out of a semi-familiar environment and plopped down where everyone and everything is new. German Shepherds are extremely loyal to the owners so at this moment they are feeling lost and unsure when they will see them again.
You’re excited to start your life with a new family member, but your dog needs time to adjust to the change. It’s called the decompression stage, and there are specific ways you can ensure a positive experience for your new pup. Here are a few tips to help your newly adopted rescue dog settle in.