Hello, everyone. I don't know how many times I've heard this.' Help! My Beagle rescue won't settle in her new home'.
The first 6-8 weeks after bringing a Beagle rescue home from a shelter can be quite stressful for everyone involved.
Picture the dog's life at the shelter. Living days, weeks, months in a cage. She may have been given up by her former family or bounced about from a variety of foster homes.
In one day, her highly routine life has been turned on its head. You show up and take her from the shelter into your home.
She’s confused about where she is and what to expect from you. Having been abandoned before she isn’t sure how long she will be staying in this new strange place.
Now she's been rescued and will be starting a new life in a loving home but she doesn’t know that yet! The transition from a shelter to a new home is going to be a big change.
Let's begin by establishing some house rules for your new dog.
Try to make some clear decisions that every family member is aware of so that the rules will be enforced consistently. If everyone behaves consistent with rules, it will help your new little friend learn exactly what you expect from her, and help her to understand the boundaries.
Its a good idea to prepare your home before you bring a dog home from the shelter. if you failed to do so its not too late!
Install pet gates to keep your dog out of any areas that you don’t want her to frequent.
She will need a new dog bed, toys, and dog bowls. A playpen will be a smart addition if you want to know where your dog is when you cannot be there to supervise her.
If your new Beagle had a favorite item (bed, blanket or ball ) from her the shelter, and you asked them if you could take it with her. This may make her new home a little more familiar.
Keep your schedule as free as you can over the next few days. Make sure that your kids know to approach the dog carefully to avoid alarming her.
Don't invite too many people over. Everyone will be anxious to meet your new family member but your dog needs both time and a relaxed environment to adjust to her new home.
When you're adopting a Beagle from a shelter training should always start the moment your new dog comes home.
Most rescue/shelter dogs already have some potty training, but count on a few accidents during the first couple of weeks.
The behavior we see as “ a problem” is often simply your Beagle acting like a dog.If your Beagle rescue won't settle in her new home it's your responsibility to help a rescued Beagle adjust to her new home.
Beagles crave order and when it's absent carnage is certain to follow.
By all means, spend the first couple of days bonding with your new dog, but give her a little space as well.
If you find that she wants to spend time alone in her crate, let her do so.
If your Beagle rescue won't settle in her new home encourage her to interact with you through by offering treats and speaking to her in a soft, soothing voice.
Wait a few days before you start her new diet. Then, gradually switch her to the new food.
Begin by mixing together 1 part new food to 3 parts of the old. Do this for a few days. Now move on to 1/2 new food, 1/2 old, and then finally 1 part old to 3 parts new.
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It’s going to take some time for her to get used to your household, so don’t expect too much.
Your dog may hide or refuse to eat until she gets more comfortable with you. If you give her love and attention, she’ll quickly come out of her shell and become a member of the family.
As the new arrival and the other dogs get to know one another, there could be a few arguments about her role in the pack.
Don’t be alarmed – this is normal. Once she adjusts to her new home and gets more confident, this unruly behavior will disappear completely.
Dogs adopted from shelters often become anxious at being left alone. This may include barking, whining, and waiting at the door.
Try to avoid making your dog’s first time alone an 8-hour day. That may be very stressful for her!
If you have taken a few days off work, be sure you leave your dog at random periods through the day. Start with short trips and then mix in a few longer ones of 5-10 minutes. In your absence, keep your Beagle occupied with toys and treats.
I suggest you try 'Bob A Lot' This durable plastic dog toy “bobs” along when your dog plays with it and, dispenses treats as it wobbles.The Bob-A-Lot has openings that can be adjusted so you can adjust the difficulty level. This treat dispensing toy has stellar ratings on Amazon.com.
A Shelter dog has usually been given up by their owner for a variety of pretty minor behavioral problems. These can be fixed with careful training and some proper care.
If your Beagle rescue won't settle in her new home she may not have been socialized as a puppy and may need someone to help her through this process.
The happy news is that it's never too late to start socializing a dog.
The not so happy news is, that its going to take some time and a lot of patience before your new little partner gains confidence and settles into her new safe environment.
Tell family and friends to allow your dog to approach them on her own time. Get everybody on board to help a rescued Beagle adjust to her new home .
You will need to establish yourself as the pack leader and set the boundaries. Your Beagle girl needs to know you’re in charge or she will be difficult to train.
If your dog does something good, and you want her to continue doing it in the future, reward her!
If your dog does something you don’t want her to repeat, give her something else to do instead.
Beagles love running out to open spaces. I know mine are among the worlds best escape artists. A shelter dog have an inbred ability for squeezing out the front door and charging into danger.
You don't want to have to run after your dog every time somebody goes to the front door. It's embarrassing when a visitor shows up, not to mention dangerous.
As a responsible dog owner, you should teach your Beagle not to run out an open door or gate.
If your Beagle rescue won't settle in her new home and you're at the end of your tether please contact me . Use the comment box below this post . thank you!
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