Trusting Again: How to Bond With a Neglected Dog

  • 22/10/2018
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Dogs are known to be man’s best friend and full of love for their companions. If you’ve adopted a rescue dog, then it’s natural to have some concerns. It’s likely your new dog has been raised in poor conditions. Maybe they’ve been starved, abused or abandoned by their owners. Learning how to build trust can result in a beautiful relationship and gives dogs faith in humanity again. Here are some great ways to build trust with your pooch.


Be Calm

NEVER yell at a rescue dog. It will reinforce all the negative beliefs it has about humans and building trust will be hard. Dog’s are likely to be influenced by the fight-or-flight instinct so it’s important to remember that human contact might be too much at first. If your rescue dog misbehaves, then tell them what they’ve done is wrong calmly.


Show Your Loyalty

Your dog needs to know that you’ll protect him. Do this by being present when your dog has a bad dream. Don’t crowd him, but show that you’re there and ready to comfort him. If you’re walking and a person or other dog makes him feel uncomfortable, then step between them. This shows you’re willing to shield him from harm.


“Date” Your Dog

We’re not suggesting you woo your dog with flowers and chocolates, but it’s important to get to know each other. Try different activities including walks, swimming, playing with a ball or just sitting with him. You’ll get to see which activities your dog enjoys, and it’s a fantastic way to build a relationship.


Let Your Dog Sleep With You

Common advice is to set a sleeping area for a new pet and not to let them in your bedroom. It’s vital that your rescue dog sleeps in the same room as you. Not only does it build trust, but it also comforts the dog and lets him know that he’s loved and wanted. You can gradually move the dog out of your bedroom when he’s ready to be more independent.


Encourage Your Dog Socially

Rescue dogs suffer from separation anxiety regularly and it can be hard for both of you. It’s awful leaving a scared dog at home alone, but sometimes you have to. Minimise the effects of anxiety by introducing him to other animals and family members. Not only will it give your dog confidence, but it also reinforces that you’ll come back to him.


Have Fun!

Positive energy is essential when encouraging a rescue dog. They respond to fun and happiness, so show them you’re a great person to be around! You can use play training activities to interact with your dog and build a strong bond. If you’re willing to have fun, then your dog will be grateful. Enjoy spending time with your rescue dog and look forward to the deep connection you’ll share. It’s an amazing experience so take your time and show your rescue dog that humans can love.

Article Submitted by Hannah O'Neill.

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