Bringing home a rescue dog is the most rewarding yet challenging thing you can ever do. It comes with its own set of tasks and responsibilities that you have to be willing to take. But before that, it is important to assess the rescue dog’s behavior and study their case before you bring them home. Because, there may be traits in a dog that might be threatening or too intimidating for you to handle.
Although it is quite a bit difficult to train rescue dogs, with enough love and persistence you’ll have your way. And, to make the task easy for you, some common behavioral issues of rescue dogs are listed below that will help you identify easily so you can help your dog cope with it.
Food Guarding / Aggression
Stray dogs living on the streets often struggle to get enough food for themselves, hence they become protective of whatever food they get. This behavior continues when these rescued dogs find a forever home. They guard their food and become extremely aggressive, or even bite if someone is in close proximity to their food. But, rescue dogs often outgrow this behavior after a while when they feel that their food and the surrounding is safe.
It is often difficult to discipline a rescued dog than a normal dog, as rescue dogs often do not listen to the commands of their owners. This behavior is developed in these dogs because of past issues they have faced in life. Your dog may react in a different way than other dogs when you command them or point fingers at them. But, with time, your dog will start trusting you and understand that pointed fingers do not mean any harm.
This is one common behavior in most abandoned dogs. The fear can be from anything that has caused them harm or agony earlier. Major cause of the fear is violence from a previous owner. It can often be threatening for you if the dog chooses to fight you out of fear. There may also be chances that your dog tries to escape. Building trust with your dog and being patient with them is key to help them get through their fear.
Rescued or abandoned dogs have often faced a lot of stress and suffering in their earlier lives, this causes them to behave in certain ways. But, once your dog becomes familiar with you and the surroundings, they will be the most loving dog you’ve ever had.