Monday, October 10, 2016

Understanding Your Rescue

Rescuing a pet comes with many benefits for all parties involved. The people get a new family member and the pet gets a new life. With a rescue also comes a new set of potential emotional/behavioral issues that can leave the adoptive parent puzzled. Here are just a few issues and what you can do to help your new family member move through them.

Pet has accidents in the house: Rule number one with any rescue of any age is you will have to housebreak them. They are entering a new house and a new routine - so there may be some accidents. It’s up to you to show them where it is appropriate to go potty and to learn what your pets cue is.

Pet is chewing things: The act of chewing can stem from a variety of reasons. If the pet is young, they could be teething. Your pet could also be bored. Offer your pet something appropriate to chew and keep the things you don’t want to be chewed out of your pets reach.

Pet is aggressive: This one is a little tricky. Is the pet guarding a resource like toys? Is the pet food aggressive? Is the aggression coming from fear? In all of these cases - if other dogs or small children are involved you need to manage the situation. If you have multiple dogs - every dog should have their own space to eat away from the other dogs. Fear can be lessened by building up your pets confidence (basic obedience training with positive reinforcement is a great start). Sometimes an aggression issue requires more in-depth work with a specialist.

Once you are in a place of understanding about your rescue - you and your new family member will have a long and happy life together!

Do you need help with a new furry family member? Do you want to find out what happened before you adopted them? Check out our new program here: “Furever Family History”