What To Expect When Adopting a Rescued Dog
Dogs that come from the city pound and/or rescues sometimes come with issues such as behavioral problems that have manifested from their previous home environment that wasn’t addressed by the previous owner. Sometimes behavioral problems can develop while they are at the pound and become great pets after leaving having time to decompress and live like a dog in a home environment.
This is the scenario most people fall in when rescuing a dog from the pound or rescue…your walking through the dog runs and suddenly you see this gorgeous dog that has locked eyes on you and making an instant connection. You are totally interested in adopting or fostering him/her. Here are a couple of things to consider, most of the dogs that have been deemed adoptable may be good pets but sometimes you wouldn’t know it by their excitement, lack of training, barking or being scared/nervous. A lot of the times these dogs just need basic training so there is a way to communicate with the dog and give them some guidance. Scared or nervous dogs need to trust again and as the new parent of the new family member its up to you to build up their confidence with lots of encouragement and gradually introduce them to new things. For the big jumpers, leash pullers and mouthy dogs regular exercise and training is in order to help with these guys.
With any dog it is the owner and/or foster parents responsibility to provide care, training and a loving home for that animal. It may be easy or difficult depending on the dog. Sometimes dogs may act perfect at the shelter and then you find out their true behavior once they get more comfortable with you.
Follow certain steps when bringing home a new pet from the pound/shelter:
- Let the dog decompress and rest for at least a week.
- Don’t rush him/her to interact with you by kissing, hugging or playing. Also this varies by dog because some dogs you can just tell if its an Auto Dog and its all good but don’t take this for granted.
- Take the time to introduce your new dog to family dogs slowly. Keep the rescued dog separate from existing house dogs for at least a week so he/she can decompress and you have formed a bond, then introduce slowly. You want the new dog to transition into the pack without incident. Sometimes you can just tell that all dogs are fine with each other right away but always monitor the interaction just in case.
- If your new dog is cat friendly, again let your new dog decompress for at least a week by him/herself then slowly…oh so slowly integrate the animals together.
- Get your dog in a routine by walking them, play, and teaching them commands to give them direction on what you want them to do. There are always dog training classes that will help teach you as the doggie parent to teach your new dog.
Remember that you decided and made the decision to care for this animal and make them a member of your family, it is your responsibility to care and provide for them for the rest of his/her life. If it has been revealed that behavioral problems have surfaced this needs to be addressed and seek a professional to help with these issues. Help is always there if you need it.