Read This Before Returning Your Rescue Dog

Read This Before Returning Your Rescue Dog

We know that it wasn’t easy to decide between returning your rescue dog and keeping them home. You must have thought long and hard about this one, but in some cases, it ends up being the better choice for both the dog and the family.

In other cases, it can be because the relationship needed more time and effort to strengthen. In fact, the most common reasons rescue dogs are returned can be solved with training. Many rescue dogs come from a background or trauma or may simply experience anxiety when in a new environment and may react by peeing on the carpet, hiding under tables, or barking at people.

According to the head trainer at Animal Haven rescue in NYC, Shelby Semel, dogs are a lot like people. When we are put into new environments, especially much larger, different ones, it can be an overwhelming experience. Therefore, we should try to place ourselves in their shoes, and imagine being fresh out of a shelter and placed in the middle of Times Square.

Give your dog enough time to decompress and show his/her personality. Give him/her space to adjust, and in time, all should be well. If you haven’t noticed any breakthroughs, reflect on the training that was given. Was the trainer certified, and did you play your part in the process? Remember that it will take some time, and you can’t expect to be best friends with your dog after only a month.

Seek advice from others on the matter and see if they react the same way around others. If your dog is uncomfortable around you but lights up when your brother visits, maybe you’re doing something wrong. You may also check in with your veterinarian to find out if the issue is medical-related. Try to give it at least 4-6 months. If not, then maybe you can find a new friend to rescue!

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