Whether you call it re-homing, re-locating, rescue or adoption, taking a dog from it’s known environment is a challenge for both man and beast. Puppies cry for days, adult dogs are confused and disoriented. If anyone has taken an adult dog from the shelter or kennel, even though they are mature, you know that the dog you picked is not the same dog 3 weeks, 3 months or a year later.
I have nearly a manuscript on the subject from greyhound people, sled dog people and my own “blogs” of our re-homed dogs. So, that I don’t sully or bait the responses:
What are your suggestions for living with a dog who is new to you?
How do you manage unforeseen temperaments and needs?
Are there products, toys, food, training techniques or methods that make certain transitions easier?
Short of Medium like mind reading are there techniques to test the psychological state of your dog? And techniques to manage anxieties and mold behavior.
Any other comments would be interesting.
This subject has been an article in progress for about 3 months so if I can use your entry please let me know. The point being to give perspective owners a reference to help prevent dogs from being returned to the shelter.