11 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

How to Rehabilitate a Rescued Small Dog

A new rescue dog might be fearful or anxious, but there are ways to help them recover and lead a normal life. Follow Me on Pinterest

A new rescue dog might be fearful or anxious, but there are ways to help them recover and lead a normal life.

“Thanks for giving me a second chance in life. Woof!”

Thousands of dogs each year are taken out of puppy mills and brought back into society with the help of rescue groups. If you have it on your heart or already have recently adopted one of these precious animals there are a few things you can start in order to help them along. Here are a few tips on how to rehabilitate a rescued small dog, and give them a brand new life.

 

How to Rehabilitate a Rescued Small Dog

Cesar is not alone when he recommends “adopt, don’t shop” when getting a new dog, but a substantial number of pets still come from puppy mills, whether direct from a pet shop or breeder, or via a rescue or shelter.

 

Puppy mill dogs require extra attention and training in order to rehabilitate them because the conditions they were brought up in are horrible. Unlike reputable breeders, who take the steps necessary for the comfort of their breeding dogs and puppies, puppy mills treat their dogs as products to be churned out as quickly as possible.

 

Puppy mill dogs spend almost all of their time indoors in wire cages, and aren’t even housebroken, so they become used to urinating and defecating in their den, something most dogs would normally avoid. The transition from a crowded, loud, filthy mill to a home with humans can be quite traumatic, and many puppy mill dogs become very anxious and uncertain when taken outside for a walk or even let outside to play in the yard. To them, this isn’t natural.

 

This is why one of the biggest issues people have with puppy mill dogs is housebreaking them. The dog is too stressed while outside to relax and take care of business, then goes the second they come back in and feel safe again. Read more about Rescue Dogs in Rehabilitating a puppy mill dog here.

Now that you have learned how to rehabilitate a rescued small dog, you can be comforted by the fact that most of these animals can make a turn around in their behavior and lead a normal life. It’s so wonderful to see so many people not giving up on these precious dogs, and giving them a new ‘leash’ on life.

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Have you or do you plan to rescue a dog this year?

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