Tips on adopting formerly abused animals
If you are looking into making a new furry addition to your life, adopting is always better than buying. By adopting, not only you save a pet’s life but you also help out a shelter that is being overrun. Not to mention, it’s also a huge blow to puppy mills.
Though most of these animals are just happy souls that were abandoned, some may have endured abuse. This abuse may not be always physical since neglect and taking them away from their mothers too soon can also be considered as abuse alongside restraining by tying them tightly.
Most animals that were abused may look depressed, distrustful and withdrawn. It’s only natural for them to be hesitant about your presence due to their past experiences.
Of course, rehabilitating them is possible but it requires a lot of time and patience. Once they are welcomed in a calm and stable environment, abused animals slowly start building trust.
Adopting is a life-changing experience for them as well and here are what you can do to make things easier for abused animals.
Help formerly abused animals adjust
Giving them a whole tour of your house or neighbourhood may overwhelm abused animals. It’s always a good idea to introduce them to the part of your house that they will spend the most time in.
Talk as calmly as possible with them and keep your voice down since yelling is a common part of abuse. Make sure to have routines like feeding and walking times to help them adjust.
Once they start feeling confident in your presence, you can start introducing them to the rest of your house.
Train formerly abused animals one step at a time
It’s really important for abused animals to rehabilitate fully before you start training them. Most abused animals may be prone to biting as a result of being threatened all the time.
Though they shouldn’t stop biting once they’re comfortable around you, it may be a good idea to work with professionals who have a history of training abused animals.
Once any behavioral issues are out of the way, potty training should be next in line. Potty training is especially important to create a routine and keep your house clean at the same time.
Though excessive barking is a common issue with dogs, it may apply to all animals that make noticeable sounds. If they don’t seem to stop, it means there must be something bothering them or they may want your attention. If it’s the latter, it will surely resolve itself with love and caring.