Abandoning an animal is the cruelest thing a human can do to their pet. However, many people either do it deliberately or by accident. Sometimes the humans abuse their dogs so much that they escape. They could land up on the streets or in a rescue home.
Although rescue homes or shelters do their best to take care of these dogs by providing them food, shelter, and medical help, they still need a forever home which they can belong to.
So, if you are planning to adopt a dog or have already got one, you must try to understand their background and if they have been abused or neglected in their past. They could have gone through mental agony or physical torture which can remain with them for a long time to come.
Here are some common behavioral issues a rescue dog may have that you should know about:
- Anxiety: Some dogs may have developed anxiety with specific types of sounds, objects, behaviors, and may enter a high-alert situation if they suspect something similar. They may also run around or react by howling or barking. Remember that when you bring them into your home, everything is new for them and they still don’t know if they are in a safe environment or with safe people. So, it is perfectly natural for them to react.
The first thing you can do is by empathizing with them and giving them some space to be. Give them a cozy bed to be and good quality food and water. Be kind to them and praise them if they listen to you. Your tone of voice and emotions work well with the dogs. They will slowly start trusting you and then they will begin to relax.
- Aggression: You may also see that your pooch may be a bit aggressive towards other pets in your home. This kind of behavior comes from insecurity or fear. It could be also an origination from where they were living earlier or the way the earlier owner handled them. Sometimes even your pet who has been with you for a while may react with aggression towards the new dog as he is protecting his territory.
The best way to handle this kind of an issue is to introduce the pets with the new dog in a neutral manner e.g. outside the home where they both are new in a surrounding. This will cause less stress to both and they will develop a sense of comfort with each other.
If you have pets like cats, which are afraid of dogs or dogs don’t particularly like them in the first instance, keep them a bit away for a few days. In such a scenario, one easy way could be for you to choose a dog that has had an experience of living with other animals in the past. It would make it easier for him or her to adjust to your home with your pets and have a better acclimatization process.