Coffee Chat: The 3-3-3 Rule of Adopting a Rescue

February 06, 2022 3 min read 1 Comment

The 3-3-3 Rule of Adopting a Rescue Dog


Whether you’ve just adopted your rescue pup or are doing research to prepare for your upcoming adoption – congratulations! Rescuing a dog is one of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Rescue pups truly make the best pets and the opportunity to change their life is significant. 

Although adopting a dog is very exciting and will be a happy time for you, it can also be overwhelming and a lot of work. Keep this in mind through all the ups and downs and prepare for what’s ahead so you can make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your new dog.

Dog Mom with Her Golden Pup


The First 3 Days

When you first bring home your dog, don’t worry if you see signs of anxiety and stress like panting or whining. It is normal for them to feel a little nervous. Getting acclimated will take time. During these initial days, try these tips to help your dog settle in.

  • Walk your pup all over the house and yard so they can slowly tour their new home. Take your time with this – they’ll need ample time to sniff around.
  • Set boundaries. Be gentle but clear on where your pup should go to be let out to go potty, which furniture they’re allowed on, and which toys are theirs.
  • Understand that your pup will probably sleep a lot. Being adopted is exciting and exhausting! Provide them with a comfortable crate so they can have some safe “me time” in their new den.
  • Start your routine right away. From the first day, it’s important to stick to the same routines for walking, playing, crate time, and meals. Knowing what to expect will help your pup feel at ease.
  • Stay calm and positive to help your dog feel safe and wanted.
Happy Beagle Rescue Pup


The First 3 Weeks 

In the first 3 weeks, your pup will feel much more settled than their first few days. With the confidence to let their personality shine through, they will likely begin testing their boundaries. Help them learn your expectations with these tips.

  • Work on basic commands like sit, down, stay, and come.
  • Stay consistent with your commands and offer positive reinforcement with treats, belly rubs, and verbal praise.
  • If you want to practice obedience skills with an expert, consider a training class that allows you to learn with your pup using positive reinforcement.
  • If your dog is comfortable around other people and dogs, try visiting a dog park or having a playdate with a friend to help develop their socialization. Keep your visits brief in the beginning – they will take a lot of energy out of your dog!
Happy Pit Bull Rescue


The First 3 Months

After 3 months, your dog will be fully acclimated to their new home and you won’t be able to imagine life without them. To continue the good habits you’ve started, stay intentional and follow these tips.

  • Keep your routine predictable.
  • Work on honing their commands and add in new ones every few weeks.
  • Continue to build your bond and enjoy every moment with your new best friend.

Congrats again if you just adopted a new pup! We hope these guidelines of the 3-3-3 will help you and your dog settle into your new life together quickly. And please give them a belly rub and a special toy from us! 

1 Response

TracyAnn E Kurcz
TracyAnn E Kurcz

March 25, 2022

I love your products and what the philosophy of your company!!! Thank you for all the delicious coffee and snack choices. Thank you for the adorable merchandise and the pup products .. keep up the great work 🎉🐶💜

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