TAKING ADULT DOG
There are hundreds of books about puppy rearing. But to find the literature devoted to the adoption of an adult dog is almost impossible. The huge lack of objective information very often leads to prejudice and fear of people taking the “abandoned” dog from the shelter. And the fact that you take an adult dog with an established character carries its advantages. And the disadvantages are easily overcome, if you are ready for them and know how to cope with them.
TAKING ADULT DOG ….
If you are reading this topic, it means your heart is capable of more than on duty sympathetic phrases or one-time financial assistance. Perhaps you are thinking about providing shelter, care and affection for an abandoned dog, or maybe a dog from the street has already appeared in your house. Then this topic is for you.
All of us, rushing to help, we follow the first gusts of emotions. Only then does the voice of reason enter the conversation and start asking questions. What to do with an unfamiliar dog, especially a large service breed? Now she looks scared and confused, but suddenly begins to show character? Will an adult dog be able to get used to the new owners and fully consider them as his own? Suddenly she has bad habits and hidden vices of character? How to subordinate it to yourself? How to correct the failures of education or the consequences of ill-treatment? How to feed her, because she is often in a stage of severe exhaustion? How to treat her at all, because she, as a rule, under severe stress?
We will try to give you answers to these questions, tell you about the rules of approaching a new family member, warn you against mistakes that come from ignorance and mutual misunderstanding.
DOG ON THE STREET
Sometimes it happens that the abandoned dog is smiling at happiness and within a few hours she finds herself in new hands, getting rid of “only” with the strongest stress. Sorry, most are not so lucky and they are found after several days or weeks of wandering on the verge of physical and mental exhaustion. Often chilled, sick or injured. Even if the dog looks intact and unharmed, many have severe emotional trauma, are depressed, fear people, and most importantly – fall from their feet from fatigue. Warmth, peace, sleep, and proper feeding are what they need first.
If there is no urgent need, postpone examination, hygiene procedures and other stressful things for later. Offer the dog food and water. A long-starved dog should not be given a large portion at once – a little bit better and more often. Feed must be fresh and easily digested. In addition to exhaustion, many animals suffer from disorders of the gastrointestinal tract – the consequences of fasting and eating garbage. If the dog is very frightened, depressed or over-excited, it can refuse to feed – despite the apparent hunger. On the other hand, can eat with incredible greed, show aggression on people when feeding, for fear that they will take away the bowl. Therefore, after offering food, leave the dog alone. In general, try to place the dog in a quiet corner, where no one will disturb her. Let him finally sleep in a warm and safe place.
These dogs can sleep for several days in a row, waking up only to eat and do physiological “things.” Svoebrazny otkhodnyak. Sleep is the best doctor, so do not interfere with them, do not try to forcibly carry on long walks or forcibly communicate with them. Everything has its time. Many heavily emaciated animals are apathetic, with no interest in anything but food. But if it seems to you that the dog is not sleeping in a healthy sound sleep, and is sick, do not delay the visit to the doctor. Very often the health of such dogs is undermined; especially in the cold season there are consequences of hypothermia – from simple cystitis to severe inflammation of the lungs and kidney damage.
Usually, in a few days, the “goner” thaws, a lively expression appears in his eyes, he begins to look for your society on his own and is more willing to go with you to the street. Some people need two weeks to do it, some have a few hours. Everything is very individual. However, most of the heated dogs have one thing in common: the fear of losing the house again. Some have to literally pull out for a walk, and, having done their work, they rush home at full speed. On a walk, such a dog is afraid of breaking off from you and her beloved team, “Home!” She appreciates the care and shelter that you gave her and accepting her new home and new family with gratitude – just give her time to recover from the shock.
Gradually, if the dog is in good health, you can increase the amount of feed. Often, unfortunately, the dog found is a skeleton covered in leather. With prolonged fasting, not only fat but also muscle tissue decreases dramatically. Therefore, no matter how much you want to fatten the dog quickly – you just can’t do it. Before you gain weight, you need to restore the muscular corset, which will keep this weight, avoiding overloading the joints. Therefore, the dog should recover gradually, in parallel with the increase in portions and improved physical condition.