Rescuing a dog from a shelter, street, or from a previous owner can be quite stressful for a dog. Although you may feel you have done the final thing for the dog, it just could be the starting step in taking care of the dog.
The rescue dogs can be hurt, abused, or tormented in their past by either the owner or just the circumstances through which they have walked into your arms. They could have also experienced anxiety as well as depression when in situations where they have changed homes. You must know that it will need a great deal of patience, perseverance, and compassion for you to be able to gain its trust.
The abandoned dogs that are traumatized due to this process need their own space and time to recover. So, it is best not to push it to be ready with you quickly.
Here are some quick tips that you can start by when you get the dog home to make it comfortable:
- Speak in a soft soothing tone: You can start building trust with the rescued dog immediately by speaking soft and in a soothing tone. Even if the dog does not understand your words but they will start associating with your kindness and the feeling of security will come making them loving dogs in future.
- Give treats: Building a connect with a rescued dog can start by offering him treats made from chicken or meat. But do not force the dog to take it from your hand if it is not ready to trust you so much just yet. You can leave it near to it and let it take it from there.
- Find out the hot button: Take some time to figure out what motivates the rescued pooch e.g. toys, treats, belly rubs, or verbal praise. Then use whenever you feel there is a reason to celebrate.
- Do introductions slowly: It may be exciting for you to have a new dog at your home but for the dog, it will take time to adjust to new members at your home. So, give it some time to get to know each of them and their behaviors. Do not overwhelm it by letting everyone come to her at once else it may escape to a safe spot.
- Do not take things for granted: Your daily life is something you are used to, not your dog. So, things like your doorbell, mixers, vacuum cleaners, new people, the sound of cars, etc. may induce a reaction in your pooch which may disturb it. Observe its reaction whenever any new sounds are introduced and find a way to help it get used to it gently.