Kirjoita tämä teksti suomeksi siten, että asiat tulevat kerrotuksi mutta teksti ei ole kopioitu, Älä käytä brändinimiä. Kirjoita teksti yhtä pitkäksi, mutta erilaisella rakenteella kuin alkuperäinen. Alkuperäinen teksti: ” This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.Did you recently adopt a lovable mutt and are now wondering how to socialize a rescue dog?After all, socialization for rescue dogs is incredibly important as it helps them adjust to their new homes, and builds confidence.Unfortunately, many rescue dogs have experienced trauma, neglect, or limited socialization in their past, which can lead to fear, anxiety, and behavioral issues.I experienced this first hand with my pup Wally, a 38 lb Feist mix, whom I adopted in 2019 from a rescue group in Central NC. He had no trouble with people but wasn’t crazy about passing other dogs on leash. Back in my professional dog walking days, several of my clients also adopted rescue dogs or were fostering them, so I’ve seen a few behavioral quirks over the years.Unfortunately, that includes one rescue story gone wrong which resulted in having to put the pup down.So in this blog post, I’m going to share tips and techniques for how to socialize a rescue dog.I’ll also explain what went wrong in the socialization process of the rescue dog that didn’t make it.Ready? Let’s jump right in!How To Socialize A Rescue DogKey points for this ultimate guide:Understanding Your Rescue Dog – My Rescue Dog Wally As An ExampleKey Elements To Help Socialize A Rescue DogCrate Training And Designated Areas For Socializing Rescue DogsEstablishing A Routine And Providing Consistent Boundaries For Your Rescue DogGradually Exposing Your Rescue Dog to New EnvironmentsPositive Reinforcement Training To Help Socialize A Rescue DogBasic Obedience Training & Key Commands For Rescue DogsWhy Positive Social Interactions Are Important For Your Rescue DogExamples Of Activities To Help Socialize Your Rescue DogA Rescue Story Gone WrongUnderstanding Your Rescue Dog – My Rescue Dog Wally As An ExampleRescue dogs often face unique challenges due to their backgrounds, which can vary widely depending on their individual experiences. Wally, for example, had been pulled from a kill-shelter in rural NC by a rescue organization called It takes A Village Rescue. They pulled him when he was a little over one year old.Before he was surrendered at the shelter, he had already been to 2 different homes, and that’s within the first year of his life! I suspect that four distinct factors contributed to his surrender:(1) His energy levels. As a squirrel hunting dog, this boy needs long walks every single day, and I found that backpack walks are ideal to help burn all of his energy. He’s definitely not the kind of dog that can just hang out in the yard. He NEEDS multiple daily walks.(2) His food allergies. When he came into my life, Wally was one itchy pup who kept scratching, and scratching, and scratching. After some trial and error that included taking a pet allergy test, I found out that he can’t have any chicken, quail, salmon, anchovies, potatoes and also no grains along with several veggies. And go figure, the kibble he came to me with had chicken and potatoes on the ingredient list, so it was no wonder he was so miserable.Since he’s allergic to many common dog food ingredients, that reduced his food choices considerably.That’s why I went ahead and switched him from kibble to raw dog food and he’s been doing great ever since.(3) His love for shredding things. Mostly plush toys, but unfortunately not just plush dog toys, but also plush kids toys. He also likes “kidnapping” them from shelves in pet retail stores!I started working on this with him and he’ll now let go of them in exchange for a tasty treat, but ultimately, he still wants to rip them apart.(4) His lunging at other dogs we pass on leashed walks. He does fine with dogs off leash and has several doggie friends he plays with in the yard. I’ve also been working on this with him and we’ve made progress as far as the distance that sets him off, but it’s still a work in progress.Keeping all these challenges in mind, I’ve taken several approaches to fixing them. As I just laid out, some were easier and quicker to fix than others.All in all, it took me about 3 months to find out about all of his quirks, which is the same time he needed to truly feel at home with me. When you think about it from his perspective, that’s completely understandable. He must have been wondering whether I’d be taking him somewhere else yet again since that’s all he had experienced up to that point in life. Now, 4 years later and while I’m typing this, Wally’s lounging in his dog kennel, snoozing away happily after our one hour midday walk. That’s the second one hour walk he gets every day, the first one being his pre-breakfast morning walk.Rescue pup Wally relaxing in his crateWhat To Expect From Your Rescue DogObviously, every rescue dog has a unique history and will have different quirks and triggers. Some may be similar to Wally’s, and some may be different.That said, I listed several examples of what you may expect from your rescue dog:1. Fear and AnxietyMany rescue dogs have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect in their past. As a result, they may exhibit fear and anxiety in new situations, around unfamiliar people, or when they’re exposed to certain stimuli.The following are common body postures in fearful dogs:CoweringTremblingTucked tailTense bodyEars pinned backLip licking and excessive yawningWide eyes with the white of their eyes showing2. Lack of SocializationRescue dogs may not have had proper socialization during the first 4 months of their lives, which is a formative, critical phase for puppies. This can result in difficulties in interacting with other dogs, animals, or humans. They may be fearful, exhibit reactive behavior, or struggle with appropriate social cues. I suspect that Wally wasn’t properly socialized to other dogs when he was a puppy, which could explain his reaction to other (mostly leashed) dogs we encounter on our walks.3. Trust IssuesBuilding trust with a rescue dog can be a significant challenge. They may have experienced broken trust in the past, making it difficult for them to form new attachments and bonds. Know that it takes time, patience, and consistent positive experiences to earn their trust.But your rescue pup may also surprise you – given how many times Wally was passed around during just one year, I was very surprised at how fast he trusted me!4. Behavioral IssuesRescue dogs may display a range of behavioral issues, including: Separation anxietyResource guardingLeash reactivity Aggression These behaviors may have developed as coping mechanisms in their previous circumstances.5. Adjustment to New EnvironmentsMoving from a shelter or foster home to a permanent home can be a significant transition for rescue dogs. They need time to acclimate to new surroundings, routines, and household rules. On average, you can expect the transition period to last about 3 months.Key Elements To Help Socialize A Rescue DogThat’s why patience and positive reinforcement are essential elements when you’re helping a rescue dog settle into their new home and trust you.Here’s why they’re so important:1. PatienceYou may already know that patience is important in dog training as some dogs learn slower than others. On that note, I remember teaching my late pup Missy the rollover trick. It took her FOREVER and I was on the verge of giving up when she finally rolled over after practicing for 6+ months!That said, patience is also crucial when you’re working on socializing your rescue pup. I saw this repeatedly at one of my dog walking/pet sitting clients’ who fostered Beagles on a regular basis. The foster pups came straight from a loud, small shelter environment and it usually took them a few weeks to start to relax in their new environment. The client’s 3 resident pups always helped them with the transition as the foster pups could observe them and copy their behavior. For example, rolling around on the grass (or whatever else!) in the yard, asking the humans for belly rubs, having fun chasing a ball, or anticipating yummy treats towards the end of a pet sitting visit.So if you already have dogs, they’ll be helping you with your rescue pup! No worries if you don’t, just remember that it may take a little longer without the help of confident dogs who are already used to the good doggie life.2. Positive Reinforcement Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool in socializing a…
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