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Be Patient With Rescue/Adopted Dogs

For adult dogs reasons include being abandoned, have become lost, or were dropped off at the shelter because the previous owner has become too old, ill, or has hit hard times economically to care for the dog. Occasionally it is because the owner has died. Then there are the dogs taken from previous owners by the Humane Society or animal control officials due to being abused.

Whatever the reasons are for the dog ending up in a rescue shelter, you must be aware of the fact all the adult dogs are going to have a previous history. The dog is going to require plenty of patience and love on your part before it is possible to win the dog’s confidence in you.

Some of these dogs are going to take right to a new owner with no problems. It is the dogs with a history of abusive treatment we especially need to use love and patience with. It will take time for the dog to learn you are not going to hurt them.

I have been a dog owner for many years, and it pains me to even think of how some of these dogs have been treated. They deserve good homes and loving owners, so please consider adopting a dog when you really want a dog. Be patient with the animal shelter dog, and he or she will reward you with many years of loyalty and love.

How do you feel about adopting a rescue shelter dog? Please share this article with others.

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  1. […] Patience: Patience is sometimes the most difficult but most needed quality to possess when rescuing a dog. This dog entering “your” world has yet to experience the world you are placing him and/or her in. They do not know your expectations and/or rules you have in mind for them. You need to allow the rescue time to adjust and get comfortable. You should refrain from taking the dog out and about and resist the temptation to “show off” the new member of your family. Allow some quiet time and start with small trips and gradually increase the amount of time you leave your pet for. Crate training is usually recommended, but varies person to person and what your ideal situation is for your pet. Tip #3: All good things come with time. […]

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    Theresa ULYATT


    Yes! So true! We have rescued two of our three dogs. Indeed patience is a must. But trust the article ….as in our home, these three “sister” pooches have recreated their sisterhood intertwined with our family and now we have a huge and happy brood with so much love and chaos that I assure you not one of them would change a thing! Rescue/adoption is the way to go!!!,

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