YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND
Creating a forever home:
There’s something special about a rescue or foster dog, especially when you first bond with it at the animal shelter. But what happens when you bring your new canine friend home?
Some dogs grow anxious or territorial despite your very best intentions to nurture and provide it with a loving environment. Others may exhibit aggressive traits when they’re trying to assert their place in your home. Your dog may growl, snap or even bite you if you come too close when it’s eating. Perhaps show signs of destructive behaviours or it even may disengage itself entirely from you and your family.
So why do many shelter dogs suddenly exhibit these behaviours in their new ‘forever’ homes or temporary sanctuaries?
Let’s look at their history.
Many dogs who arrive at an animal shelter either had a traumatic experience or endured a lifetime of trauma, and their past living is affecting the way they are settling into their new home ̶ emotions that can trigger an assortment of complex behaviours.
No matter the circumstances, treating dogs humanely is the right thing to do. Our commitment to you is to make your dog feel safe and secure after a lifetime of neglect and to help create a happy and safe living environment.
Not only will our team of fully-trained and highly-skilled dog behavioural specialists reverse the behaviours that could affect your bond with your new friend but we will help educate you on the way rescue dogs think and respond.
With the right rehabilitation program, your dog will become a loving member of your home and a wonderful companion.
Correcting Behavioural Problems:
Here are some misunderstood behaviours we address on a daily basis:
- Being territorial with its food. The chances are that your rescue or foster dog suffered from neglect and malnutrition from puppyhood, and has come to associate every morsel of food as possibly its last. This conditioning is one of the most common traits found in rescue dogs. We will show you how to give your dog personal space as it settles into a route and learns to trust.
- Biting, snapping or snarling. Imagine your dog’s past life – especially if it was chained up or abandoned. So if you suddenly came too close to it – even for a pat, your presence could be deemed as an invasion of personal space or an act of aggression.
- Mind your manners. Like humans, dogs require housetraining, which takes time, dedication and consistency. If your dog is soiling the home, most likely it was not trained to relieve himself/herself outside. We will help establish a routine for your dog. We will show you how to earn your dog’s trust and gradually help you introduce your canine companion to other family members and neighbours.
- Behavioural traits. If your dog destroys the interior of your home, it’s bored. Instinctively, dogs run with packs and engage in plenty of excitement in the process. When left on its own, he/she will resort to some unruly antics just to pass the time. We will show you how to provide stimulation for your dog and where to establish boundaries.