October is "adopt a shelter dog month."I thought this would be a great time to shed some light on some of the myths that surround shelter dogs. It is unbelievable how many dogs end up in shelters each year, the numbers are simply astronomical. Do these dogs deserve to be in a shelter? No. Is there something we can do about it? Yes! You can get up, go to a shelter, and adopt a dog! But what if you simply can't adopt another right now? How can you help?
Don't underestimate the power of social media! More shelter dogs get attention from people sharing on social media than any other source! Google some shelters, share some dogs in need of a home, donate to the shelters to help out, or even point your friends and family towards adopting a shelter dog if you know they may be out looking for a pet to add to their family.
The feeling you get knowing you have rescued a dog who has been thrown away by it's previous owner (or whatever the case may be) is a feeling you couldn't even imagine until you experience it.
People have this thing lodged in their head that a shelter dog may be un-trainable, or they might think the dog will never be able to be trusted. These things are just not true...
Shelter dogs are absolutely just as trainable as any other dog out there, you just have to take the dogs past life into consideration. A dog who was abused, will take a different type of training. It all wraps around "knowing your dog." If the shelter knows what happened in the dogs previous life, that will help the situation greatly, because then you know what you are working with. But, if the past is a mystery, you just have to work with it.
Tips for training shelter dogs:
- Take it slow. If you do not know the past life of your shelter dog, you won't know what might trigger certain behaviors. Be on the lookout for these things as you discover your dog, and his personality. Work around whatever setbacks arise. Work with your dog, do not force him to learn something, or do something he is not comfortable with.
- Take the time to learn your dog, and his triggers. Knowing your dog, and what he will, or not react to, will help training significantly.
- Be understanding. Your shelter dog may be fearful of you, or other people in your house. The worst thing you can do in this situation, is force your dog to try and bond with you. Let him take his time. Offer treats, a safe environment, and over time, your dog will learn to trust you.
Shelter dogs are amazing dogs, just searching for someone to love them. Why not adopt?
Share your rescue/adopt stories with us in the comments!
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