Rescue dogs may need extra time to bond with you

A rescue animal has experienced total upheaval in his life and is recovering from the stress. “Many rescue dogs have no idea how to relax when you first adopt them,” says Mikkel Becker, animal trainer for “It can take a month or two for your dog to settle in.” Encourage bonding by spending quiet time together. Keep your dog close indoors in an exercise pen or on a leash as you go from room to room (bonus: this prevents potty accidents). And hand-feed him to teach him to rely on you. Foster a positive environment through rewarding good behavior with treats instead of yelling “No!” when he does something inappropriate, suggests Becker.