You are feeling proud of yourself because you have just adopted a rescued dog. Maybe you will be lucky and be the owner of a dog that has received training on how to behave as a pet. More than likely, you have just adopted a serious project for the next several months.
Animals and humans live best together when the animal understands what the humans expect it to do. Most rescued animals have come from places where they have been kept in cages with limited human contact. This means that you have been handed a blank slate in the training department. The type of training that the animal needs to have depends on the role it will have in your family. Where you live is also important.
If you live out in the country and the dog will remain outside, you will have just bypassed one of the biggest training needs. Inside dogs will need to be house broken. In adult dogs, this can be somewhat difficult. You may choose to consult a professional for this training. If you choose to take it on, keep the mop and paper towels handy. You will need plenty of them before this is finished. Good luck if it is a larger animal.
The dog will have to be trained to trust people. There is a better-than-average chance that this dog was physically abused. It may be either extremely hostile or very skittish . Either way, this is not a good posture for a pet. Using food, kind words, and time will help the animal to adjust to your home and the new environment.
It will have to be socialized not to regard strangers as dangerous unless you plan to use this as a guard dog. This means taking it out in public to let the dog become used to seeing lots of unknown people. Keep plenty of treats handy to reward the dog for not barking or growling. Also, reward the dog for passive and friendly behavior.
There are many other possible things that may be important and essential for your home. Things like teaching the dog not to be on furniture or to jump on guests can be a big deal for some people. While, strictly speaking, it is not training, you need to be aware of the dog’s temperament so that visitors to your home are not in danger. You should also get some tips from online tutorials. There are a lot of YouTube videos that teach pet owners how to train their dogs effectively. For more information, you can check it out.
With proper training and a good deal of effort, a rescued dog can make a good pet. It may not ever be like adopting a puppy, but the reward of knowing that you have made the animal a better life will offset this.