I have rescued about four beagles over the years, mostly through the Mid-Atlantic chapter of B.R.E.W., Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare at www.brewbeagles.org.
I started with Sherman and then Kerry, and then crazy Pixie, and then sweet Roxy. All of them with wonderful personalities but traumatized by being unwanted. Sherman was returned 4 times by his adoptive family, Roxy was tossed out on the road with heartworm. So I have put in my time with rescue dogs and here is a short version of the best article ever written on this subject:
1. Your rescue needs more of everything – more good food, more grooming, more contact, more company, more bonding, more walks with you, more time in the car with you, more games, more toys, more patient training.
2. Buy and use a crate. Give your wanderer a place of their own, a den, a room with a view, where they can dream and sleep in peace. The crate offers security for a dog who badly needs security.
3. Bond with your new dog, make time for the dog in your time. Tie your new dog’s leash to your belt and keep them attached for up to 30 minutes at a time. This is silent time to be with them quietly, and let them understand the full implication that they are now attached to you forever.
4. Traing with patience, affection and firmness. Your dog has lost something profound and will need good reasons to feel proud of themself again. You can give them those reasons. When they do something right, let them know with a pat and a kind word and maybe a treat. Coo to your dog like their mother used to and keep training. Work is the best medicine for anxious, insecure creatures (it works for people, too).
MORE TIPS TOMORROW….