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Valuable rescue tips from Rusty, a rescue volunteer.
always double collar / double lead
-- prefer bull nose clips on lead as they cannot be accidentally released
-- if you don't have an I.D. tag ready, use duct tape and make a tag on the collar with a sharpie
Don't do anything that isn't positive in those first 3 days that you are gaining their trust and proving their safety.
Do a meet and greet if you can / with your other animals. Do it safely with assistance or using a "meet and greet pen or area".
Do NOT allow any fence fighting during this meet and greet.
Use a crate for the new arrival / rescue. This is a totally safe space for the new one and makes it possible for you to control feeding with no food aggression involved. I use the command "Kennel" for this and treat them. This also gives you time to start working on a new name.
I put this crate right out in the middle of whatever is going on so they can safely observe.
I always escort a new one on a short lead, to any place I am taking them to. (I use a meet and greet pen .... large dog run, in the beginning) I work on the recall every chance I get.
Each Rescue is different and is handled differently but some of the basics are always true:
-- keep yourself safe, keep your other animals safe, keep the new rescue safe an ounce of prevention thing is true here
-- first gain their trust of your certainty and your control
-- when you have that trust, then do stressful things like grooming ....
if it is possible to wait
Always remember you are dealing with a thinking dog and you need to watch them and their body language to see what is going on in their universe .... and then work with it.