Have you recently rescued a dog from a puppy mill?
If you have rescued a dog from a puppy mill, or if you bought a puppy from a pet store- which we beg of you to not do – then chances are that your dog could suffer from behavioral problems
Puppy mills are for profit, the well-being of the dogs is not a priority, neither are their health. So what should you do to socialize your dog ? well, here are some tips:
1 -A Safe Area: Make a safe area in your home for the dog, Whether it’s a mat in the corner of the room, or a crate with a bed, just set him a place where he could escape and feel secured when he’s in it. Place the water bowl and food just outside the safe. A good idea would be to put down some house-training pads or newspapers as Puppy-mill dogs are very rarely housebroken. They often live in wire cages and urinate or defecate right in the cage.
2 – Sit Beside Him, Not Facing Him: Don’t sit down facing the dog, Sit down with your side to him.Extend your arm towards him with a treat in your hand, if the dog is too shy to take it, just put the treats around you on the floor. When the dog is comfortable enough to approach you, scratch him under the chin or the on the chest.DON’T Pet him on the head first, do it only when the dog is completely comfortable with you, only then would it allow you to do so.
3 – Attach A Leash To His Collar: Or put a harness on him and attach a leash to that after he’s been in your home for a few days. A Large number of puppy mill dogs prefer a harness-leash setup to attaching a leash to a collar. If the dog pulls and is damaging his neck, then you could use the harness with leash. In order to make him get used to the leash, don’t go for a walk right away, instead, have the dog walk around the house dragging the leash with him. Give him a treat when you attach the leash and another one when he successfully take a walk around the house with the leash.
4- Be The Protector: Stand between your dog and any possible threat, let the dog know that you will protect him and be there for him. When the dog understands that you protect him, he will be more likely to follow your lead on walks and for training in general.
5 -Use A Calm Dog: Introducing a friendly dog to him could be of a great help, preferably the dog should be yours to be around all the time, but you can still use the help of the neighbor’s dog or that of a friend. Puppy mill dogs are used to being around other dogs, lots of them, so the already-well adjusted dog could help greatly to socialize the dog and make him comfortable in the new environment.
These tips are compliments of a site on the internet URDogs. Thank you.
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