Things you Should Know for Adopting a Shelter Dog

Adopting a Shelter Dog

Millions of dogs are admitted into shelters every year. In fact, an estimation by the ASPCA which stands for the American Society of the prevention of cruelty to animals of over 3 million dogs is admitted into shelters every year in America alone.

So adopting from a dog shelter can be quite beneficial to the conditions of dogs in your society.
If you are a dog lover, then the sight of abandoned animals breaks your heart, and you would do pretty much just anything to help them ou
Then you are in the right place.

Sheltered dogs can prove to be quite a hassle, they were not necessarily home trained by their guardians meaning most of them grew up in a wild environment.
They are generally not used to following commands and obeying an order and are most definitely not used to living in a confined space meaning it will take them a while to get used to it.

In this article we will be discussing the things you should definitely know before adopting a sheltered dog.

Each dog is unique!

We have this human tendency of labeling and categorizing everything for our own comfort. But this is quite a common mistake when people want to adopt dogs for the first time.
What makes dogs human’s best friend is that they are unique in every kind of way, no two dogs are alike they all have different personalities and went through different experiences.
When you are about to adopt a dog chose carefully the dog that seems more suitable for you.

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Bad behaviour?

There is this huge misconception that all sheltered dogs are bad dogs.
It is in fact not entirely true, stray dogs or bad-mannered dogs can often end up in shelters but that doesn’t mean that all of them are that way.
There is no definite way to know just what exactly that dog went through, and what triggers that kind of response.
Dog abuse is actually quite common and it is usually what makes them violent.
Providing a healthy environment for your dog will reduce this kind of behavior so you shouldn’t worry too much about it, patience is key.

For adaptation requires time!

Animals don’t adapt to change as fast as we do and in most cases, they don’t understand just exactly what it is especially sheltered dogs.
At first, they might appear to be shy or anxious maybe they will keep running around the place agitated but that is their way of adapting with the new environment.
Give them time and don’t force yourself on them they will eventually come around.

Separation anxiety?

Sheltered dogs are usually more susceptible to this condition.
In order to properly counter this you have to show them that you care, don’t leave them alone for too long especially during the first couple of days, in fact, it is advised to not leave them alone at all during the first 3 days
But as time progresses you can try leaving them alone for a couple of hours at a time until they get used to it, you should sort of ease into it.
Also, don’t forget to buy them toys to keep them entertained while you are gone and always leave the lights on for them.

Don’t let them roam freely

Like we previously stated, sheltered dogs are not used to “house rules” and they might just run around breaking stuff and ruining your furniture.
They were most likely not house trained by their previous owner.
Try to give them more freedom bit at a time until they get properly house trained and used to living in a confined space.