Adopted Dogs Need Help Adjusting
Originally published January 23rd, 2007
This article in the Arizona Sun, entitled Shelter Pets Need Some Help Adjusting Sometimes is right on the money. Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group is an excellent idea, because so many wonderful dogs are out there, in need of a loving home. Of course, these “second hand” dogs often come into your home with a little bit of baggage, due to their previous experiences. The good news is that with a little time (and training) your new dog can learn to adjust.
The article states that “Before you do all the wrong things, beat yourself up with guilt, and return the dog to the shelter, you should know that there is plenty of help available. As theories on dog training have evolved there has been more and more attention paid to the particular needs of “second-hand” dogs. Understanding that dogs are dogs; they can’t read your mind, may have learned bad habits at a previous home, but are smart and eager to please you. Think about it – most dogs prefer to have their people happy with them, meaning more treats, more petting, more “good dog” praise. It is up to you to learn to communicate what you need them to do (or not do) in a way they can understand.”
Dog training will help bond you with your new family member and it’s a perfect way to teach your dog what behaviors are acceptable and what are not. Positive Reinforcement Training is always the best way to go and it is essential to do your research and Choose The Right Dog Trainer. With a little time and a little patience (and training, of course) your new dog will adjust just fine.