You want to adopt a foreign (street) dog ......
Nice of you, but are you willing to take these 5 things into account ??
We hear it more and more ... "We wanted to do good for a poor dog from the street, now have her for 2 months, but we think she's not happy. She's always scared, doesn't listen, barks to any strange noise, ..."
Then we can only say:" What were your expectations then?
1. A dog that develops in an environment with or without little human contact, in a rough food-poor place, on the street, ... have not followed a puppy course and are only familiar with what they know. Their reactions to our society and everything that goes with it
(behavior, people, sounds, smells, rules, collars, etc.) are entirely based on what is known. Fortunately, dogs quickly put a lot of confidence in your lap ... Why do we keep breaking that trust? How YOUR DOG RESPONSES at its new home is NOT ABNORMAL.
2. With a newly adopted dog, you DO NOT GO TO THE DOG SCHOOL immediately. You bring your dog into a stressful environment as if the whole adoption and all those new things are not yet nerve-racking enough! First, give each other time (at least a few months) to build a relationship and a strong relationship of trust before you start to teach him more new things. A dog with stress does not learn anything, not for the right reasons! From now on, he no longer takes care of himself, but YOU offer him safety, shelter, peace, love, water, and food.
3. For an adoption, take TIME. Adopt Saturday to get back to work full-time Monday ... Big "nono"! Imagine, you have just completed hundreds or thousands of miles after a heavy car journey or traumatic flight. Is being put in a strange house with strangers and 48 hours later you are sitting there ... all alone, are those people actually coming back? "But I have to work, right?" I hear you say ... Whether it's a puppy or an adoption dog, planning is the message!
4. A dog has several options if he experiences stress, the substances in their body that are triggered cause a Flight, Fight or Freeze reaction. Combinations or derivatives are of course also possible. In an environment where they live freely, they always have the choice ... as soon as that collar is in use or they are in a closed space, those choices are suddenly very limited! AVOID STRESSFUL SITUATIONS and look especially at your dog and what he is comfortable with at the time. As you experience pleasant, safe moments together and the relationship gets stronger, the challenges together can also get bigger.
5. Some adoption dogs have a dramatic past. And no, I'm not talking about the standard street dog. A past of human abuse, from trauma to injury ... LIVE IN THE 'NOW', it is no use to your dog that you treat him as if he is still being mistreated. That does not mean that you still have to show respect for his fears. Contact a behavioral expert if you do not know how to deal with this the best, but learn a lot from your dog yourself, offer him what he needs and do it with patience. We can go to the psychologist for years, suppress emotions with medication, ... they only have that one person or family who found them worthy of life (s) to calmly adapt to that new (strange) pack.
NOTE: Based on experience, an adoption dog needs on average between 3 and 10 months to adapt to its new situation.
Do you give them this time? Then you have a GREAT buddy for the rest of his or her life in return.