Adopted Dogs; Relevance of Their History

What we should understand, is a dogs former home has very little bearing on the behaviors he’s exhibiting, or the train ability of said animal. The majority of dogs, that are owner turn ins, have your basic uncomplicated behavior issues. A lack of trying to resolve those issues. Or following inadequate Training advice, that resulted in an unsuccessful conclusion. Is the primary reason for the abandonment of these dogs.

It is the minority of dogs that come from abusive homes. Fortunately and unfortunately. I say fortunately because, regardless of your personal opinions of individuals that give up an animal. The majority are decent people that just didn’t have a clue as to how to deal with their dogs issue’s. Or they are decent people, that just didn’t want to deal with it. In either case, they shouldn’t have gotten a puppy in the first place. But that’s another story.

And I say unfortunately because the dogs that do come from abusive homes, are lucky if they get a day or two in the shelter. Meaning, since they were abused they are afraid of all humans. Because of that, they will “act” aggressive with any shelter personnel that comes close to him. Often these dogs are labeled viscous, and put down. A sad ending to a very scared dog.

The purpose of the explanations are to give you a better understanding, on why dogs are turned into animal shelters. The importance of this is, to often an newly adopted dog. At the first signs of troubles, will be returned immediately to the shelter. The excuse that is commonly used is, we didn’t know the history of the animal.

Dogs are highly adaptable, to any new situation. Providing that the new adopters, have a decent understanding of dogs. Without that understanding, all but the easiest dogs will be returned.

In conclusion ;

  • If an adopter, IS good with dogs. They will have no problems. Regardless of the dogs, “history”.
  • If an adopter, “thinks” there good with dogs. Look for a fast return, if things don’t go smoothly.

Sadly, from helping dozens of dog rescue organizations. I know all to well, the importance some of the rescues put on knowing the dogs history. Knowing the history of a “patient”, is important with humans, because we can hide our emotions. A dog doesn’t, they are incapable of hiding their emotions.

The Spirit Dog

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