Thank you for adopting a rescue dog from Highland Lakes Canine Rescue.

Now that you have your new dog home, remember:

      • It is NORMAL for your dog to take a long time to adapt to your home–even up to 1 year.
      • You may see behaviors needing correction while they learn your rules.
      • Immediately establish that you are the boss.
      • Positively reinforce when your dog does the right thing.
      • Your dog has been in a shelter and needs TIME to get used to being in a home. This is not overnight or even a few days or weeks, it can take months.
      • Your potty trained dog may have accidents. This is normal.
      • Please apply love, patience and most importantly–consistency– your special dog is worth it!

Highland Lakes Canine Rescue recommends these resources if you have questions about your new dog:

      • YouTube search for videos that demonstrate solid methods for training dogs.

There are very good, FREE resources to help your dog on things like:

potty training,
crate training,
separation anxiety,
establishing who is the boss/alpha,
bolting out the door, etc.

If you have questions, do this FIRST:

1) YouTube search
2) Watch the videos
3) Begin consistently & repetitively working with your dog, allowing at least 3 months for your dog to grasp what you’re wanting.
Your time training your dog makes a big difference in your happiness with your dog and your dog’s adoption success!

      • Every Dog Austin

They are a fabulous Austin-based dog behavior charity happy to help you with your new rescue dog.

      • Priority Canine Training by Connor Brown

He knows HLCR, our procedures and how your dog has been handled and trained in our shelter.


Highland Lakes Canine Rescue is the PROVIDER of your rescue dog.

Once your dog leaves the shelter with you, just like how a child leaves the hospital,
you as the adopters/parents assume full ownership and responsibility for educating your dog, 
training your dog and teaching your dog the good behavior you want.

You can do it!

Thank you for adopting a rescue dog!
Your new dog is worth your time and energy needed to become a beloved member of your family!


-HLCR Team