Seeing an animal shelter can be an emotional experience for an animal lover. It is hard to see all of the animals in their pens and not need to take them all home. Such feelings are understandable and commendable nonetheless, just make sure that before adoption you consider all the ramifications. And bear in mind, your very best friend is waiting for you in the local animal shelter. Shockingly, it is been calculated that over a six year period, one female dog and her offspring will, if permitted access to male dogs in the relevant times, produce 67,000 puppies! Little wonder that there are more animals searching for homes than there are those who wish to adopt them. Given the above statistics, it goes without saying that adopting an animal can be a kind and loving thing to do. But before thinking seriously about adoption, there are lots of things which you ought to think about.
Lots of the animals awaiting charity for dogs in shelters have had a very bad history. Some were abused, some abandoned and some were turned in since the owners had grown tired of the novelty, changed their lifestyle in a fashion which did not include a dog, or just did not have time for them. So if you are considering adopting a dog from an animal shelter, you want to be ready to work together. Many adopted dogs will arrive at the new surroundings full of anxieties based upon earlier mistreatment or the harsh rules of the previous owners. Some dogs will be unwilling to go from one area to another, will shy away when fixed and conceal upon hearing a loud sound. New owners have to be patient with them and talk to them gently and affectionately. A shelter dog might be too sensitive to your tone of voice or to some controls you may give them. You must be ready to be patient. And you must be ready to be loving to your dog, without necessarily getting any love or acknowledgment in return.
Dogs are fairly intelligent, and they will slowly come to understand their new surroundings and show their appreciation for your loving care. When shelter dogs finally realize they can trust you they will probably reward you with additional affection and devotion than you can imagine. Adopted dogs are subject to all the behavioral problems normally associated to dogs generally. These would include digging, jumping up on people, jumping fences, barking and nipping. There are proven solutions to all these offences. if your dog is more likely to digging, and constantly digs in one area, there are quite a few effective repellent sprays that work well. If he digs under your fence, a bit buried chicken cable works wonders in breaking that habit. Spray bottles filled with water should be kept at hand to break a dog from jumping up and to fight incessant barking. A quick sprits from the face immediately after, or during, the offensive behavior will often bring about a fast behavior modification.