According to the ASPCA, up to 7 million pets enter animal shelters throughout the US every year. Sadly, close to 4 million of these pets are euthanized: 70% are cats, and 60% are dogs.
If you want to bring a pet into your home, animal adoption is one of the best options to consider as you will be literally saving a life. In fact, many families are pleased to find a beautiful family dog in a local shelter since up to 25% of shelter dogs are purebred.
Common Behavior Problems in Adopted Pets
After an animal has spent time in a shelter, it may have seen its share of hardship. Many shelter pets come with medical problems that could take months or years to treat.
But even more obvious are the behavioral issues that adopted pets struggle with after living in an animal shelter. Pet owners may have to deal with common problems like:
- Lack of training in older dogs
- Lack of medical care
- Not housebroken
- Constant barking
- Aggression to other pets
How to Transition an Adopted Pet into a New Home
With the right preparation, you can work to effectively transition your new dog into your home with the least amount of stress possible. Before bringing your adopted pet home from the shelter for the first time, it helps to purchase one of many dog training collars that will discourage barking and redirect to positive behavior.
For a highly anxious dog that may be fearful of a new environment, start out gently with a beeper collar or citronella collar that emits an unpleasant scent when a dog barks. If you discover that a newly adopted pet has a problem with constant barking in a new home, you can transition to an electronic bark collar that will provide stimulation to deter barking at varying intensities.
This type of training device can be used to keep a dog calm and quiet when a family is away from home. A dog that came from an unstable environment like an animal shelter will appreciate set boundaries in their new home to establish security.
When bringing an adopted pet home for the first time, more serious behavioral issues beyond barking should be addressed as soon as they are observed. If your new dog bites or show signs of aggression, it’s important to contact a professional trainer immediately to protect your family and any guests that visit your home.