Helping out at shelters, rescue groups, fostering and taking in a newly adopted dog is one of the most wonderful things you can do as a dog lover. However, it can be fraught with difficulties and can be heartbreaking, frustrating and emotionally draining.
Here are some general tips when taking on a new dog:
- Give them space and don’t make snap judgements.
- Love and respect but don’t over indulge.
- Don’t just throw dogs in together and hope for the best – introduce through a screen door/barrier. Watch and understand what they are saying and feeling through their body language.
- Introduce only when everyone is calm and you have some control.
- Adrenalin is the enemy – don’t try to teach anything when Adrenalin is flying high – ask Bark Busters for help in how to bring this down and communicate effectively.
- Spend one on one time daily showing and guiding him some basic obedience and fun exercises.
- Do not let children get in his face, pick up, reprimand or lie in the dog’s bed, go near when eating or sleeping and of course, always supervise children and dogs.
- Start on a healthy and well balanced diet.
- Make sure there are no health problems that might contribute to ‘bad’ behaviour’ – for example, a sore back or neck can make dogs edgy and worried and result in aggression.
- You must have an effective way of communicating to deter unacceptable behaviour in a kind, effective and productive manner and NEVER be physical!!
- Do not try to ‘make’ them love you!
I am here to help you there is nothing that can’t be managed if you know how.