Caring For a Newly Adopted Dog

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Caring For a Newly Adopted Dog

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New parents of adopted dogs may find that the period that ensues after bringing your adopted pup home might not be as smooth as they had though initially. Adopted dogs may initially show some aggressiveness or shyness to their new family. If you are a first time adopter, there are few things to keep in mind. The most important among them is to not lose your cool. You might find that your new pup exhibits strange behavior and find yourself at a loss on how to deal with such situations.Always keep in touch with your adoption counselor. They will assist you with training issues and if you happen to find out that you are not able to care for the pup as requires, they can help you in finding a new home for him/her.With time, patience and some effort, you will witness your shy, adopted puppy transform into a healthy, happy, playful puppy. Both of you just have to get through the adjustment period.Your adopted puppy will exhibit some strange characteristics in the initial days. Most of them are commonly shown by adopted dogs in the first few days of coming home. Here are a couple of them.

  1. Escape attemptsYour dog might make several attempts at escaping or running away. He/she will need some time to bond with you. Understand this and give your pup time and enough space to get used to you and the new surroundings as well. While you might be filled with an overwhelming desire to pet or hold your dog, do not push him/her. They key is to let them come to you.
  2. NervousnessYour dog might show signs of anxiety such as pacing, whining, and barking. Always make sure that your pup is contained within a space big enough for him/ her to walk or run but protected enough to prevent them from escaping. Try taking them out on short walks till they get used to their new surroundings.
  3. Not eatingYour dog might refuse to eat during the first few days. It might be that he/she is not used to the new kind of food. Try to continue with his earlier diet until they adjust before making any changes. If you are feeding them dry dog food, wet it a little using water or milk before giving it to them.If you find that your dog has diarrhea or is throwing and it lasts more than a day, contact your vet.Each dog behaves differently and might need a different approach to their care. Taking appropriate help from dog trainers and vets can help you make the adjustment period easier for both you and your dog.
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