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Changing A Dogs Home

Imagine for a moment you were removed from your home, taken to a new place with nobody you knew and they didn't even speak your language. This is what a dog could feel like when he is put into a new home.

This is the feeling I received just recently when taking back a dog that we placed in a home seven years ago. He was 2 years old when he left and was very happy to go to his new home. But, just recently his owner had to send him to another home due to personal circumstances. Now he came from a very loving home where all his needs were well looked after and spoiled the way he should be.

This young boy misses his mom, his home, and the routine he has become accustom to. However with some time and patience he will settle into his new home and get spoiled again the way he enjoyed.

Some dogs aren't this lucky and are just abandoned somewhere or left outside to fend for themselves.

Fortunately for some of these dogs they are lucky enough to be rescued by animal protection or are taken to the SPCA or a breed rescue location.

A dog rescue is usually run by a group of breeders or people who just love that breed, like Greyhound rescue, Rhodesian ridgeback rescue, Sheltie rescue, and then there are other groups for any pure breed, mix breed or any other animal that comes their way. One group that I support is a group out of Seattle, WA "The North Shore Animal League" who takes all animals and has a no kill program.

The other known program being your local SPCA who normally have limited space, will do their best to find a home for these animals but may have to euthanize them if they stay to long. The dogs who end up at the end of a needle tends to be the older dog as people look at them as being on the downside of their life and may just become an expense. But, look at the other side they still have lots of love, are house trained, and you could be saving a life, his life and what he will give back may save yours.

Going back to my opening comment bringing any dog into your home will disorient him. This will be even stronger for an older dog coming from another home, SPCA or rescue. While some rescue groups place the dogs in homes to ease the dog through the changes, the dog still has to learn to adjust to your home and lifestyle.

Some of the things you may encounter during the first week with a new dog could be: hiding in the house, not eating, loose bowel movements, peeing pooping anywhere on the floor or trying to run out the door if opened. Make sure you leave a collar on them with some identification on them just in case they do get away. These problems do go away as they become more comfortable with you and get use to your routines. You just have to be patent and try not to scold them as they are just confused.

Make sure you go slowly with your new companion. They will be confused, scared and not sure of your actions for a while until they can get used to their new surroundings. Walk them through their new home show them their surrounding and take them regularly out for a pee until they get used to where they are suppose to go. Don't put them into a crowd of people especially small children. Young children want to get into their face and give them love but, take care until you better know how the dog will react to the children. I also like to limit them to a small area by me till their comfort level allows them to wonder off safely to a location they choose as their favourite place to sleep, I always hope that is on the couch beside me or on the floor near where I sit.

If you take the time to adopt a dog from your local shelter or rescue, help him adjust to his new home. He will show you excitement when you come home or walk into a room and all the unconditional love you can handle. All with a more mature attitude but still thinking he is a puppy.

These articles were written by Bill ONeill for Homemade Dog Biscuits and our monthly Newsletters. Our website is http://www.homemade-dog-biscuits.com. More pet information can be found on http://www.caninesource.com

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