25th July 2017 at 9:24 am #264
Some of the dogs needing homes on our forum, are ex breeding dogs. We do liaise with some Breeding establishments in Wales, and take on dogs that are no longer required when we are able.
It is important to remember that:
• Many of these dogs are not house-trained.
• Many do not know how to walk on a lead.
• Some have not been socialised.
• They do not know how to accept love and affection from people and will often run away or hide when you try to give a cuddle or even stroke them.
• Many have never been away from the area they were kept in and often every day things we take for granted will scare them.
• They often do best in a new home where there is already another dog or dogs to take direction from.
• They need to go to a steady home environment that can give them the time they need to adjust and come out of their shell.
• They are generally afraid of loud noises and lots of activity. Unfortunately this usually includes young children.
• New situations, places and strangers may easily scare them.
Though whilst in foster homes we do our best to start them off on the road to becoming a “normal” dog, these things can take time, and you need to be prepared to carry on with the work that the foster carer has put in. They often spend a longer period in a foster home, so good headway can be made on this journey. However if adopting/home trial straight from kennels you do need to do the groundwork yourself.
Things to remember when you bring your ex-breeding dog home:
• It is often best to mostly ignore your new pooch for the first few days, and to carry on your routine as normal. Obviously you should encourage going outside to toilet etc. But it does help them get used to the comings and goings in the house without forcing it upon them. Talking to yourself, or even singing can help them get used to your voice. (doesn’t make you mad honest)
• Make sure your dog has a “safe” place to go. A crate is normally a good bet as you can make it cosy and cover with a blanket to make him/her feel safe. Though a quiet little Den/bed in the corner is perfect. Generally they will come in pick a quiet spot away from you and stick to it for a week or so (or less if you are lucky).
• An ex-breeding dog is rarely house-trained and is generally frightened of the outside world. Be prepared to go into the garden with them in all weathers’ on a trailing lead if necessary. Be prepared for accidents and ignore them but praise and offer a treat when your dog does go to thetoilet outside.
• All noises can be frightening, a hoover, washing machine, even an electric kettle. Although televisions can really hold their attention! (To watch their first reactions to the TV is amazing!)
• They may cower when you go approach and sometimes will avoid passing you at all costs.
• If your dog has lived in a foster home, it may revert back to its scared ways when you take it home.
This should only last a few days and with gentle encouragement and kindness your dog should soon relaxed and begin to trust you. If unsure your dog’s fosterer will be happy to advise so please ask.
• Ex-breeding dogs often walk better on a harness and some people do use extending leads, though long line leads can be kinder for those more wary of noise. If you were to drop an extending lead it can spook the poor dog.
• They do not know how to play and have never seen a toy, but this does not mean they wont ever play.
These dogs are incredibly special. Once they come out of their shell, there really is no stopping them enjoying life. Some transformations can take days, others can take months. It is important to follow any advice the foster carer gives you, as it really will help them settle in easier. Often the foster carer will give you a blanket that smells of them/the dogs they have been in foster with, this can help soothe them in their first few nights.
These dogs can be hard work, and make slow progress at first, but give them the time and love needed to flourish they really can make the most amazing pets.
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