Today I want to help you with 10 essential steps to follow when adopting a Beagle from a shelter.
The first 6-8 weeks after bringing home an adult dog home from a shelter or rescue can be quite stressful for everyone involved.
But lets just picture the dog's life.
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.One day, her highly routine life is 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.She's been rescued and starting a new life in a loving home but she doesn’t know that yet!
The transition from a shelter to a new home will be a big change.Let's take a look at a few things you can do to make the process much smoother.
Don't forget to prepare your home before she comes home. 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, ask them if you can take it with her. This may make her new home a little more familiar.
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.
Keep your schedule free for a few days after the adoption and make certain 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.
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. Encourage her to interact with you through by offering treats and speaking to her in a soft, soothing voice.
Adopting a Beagle from a shelter will mean that the sooner you establish a daily routine and set down some "house rules” the better. If 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. It's our responsibility to teach them how we want them to behave, in ways they understand. Beagles crave order and when it's absent carnage is certain to follow.
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.
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.
She will let you know if she’s uncomfortable or if she needs her space.The last of the steps to follow when adopting a Beagle is to tell family and friends to allow your dog to approach them on his own time. Reward her with a treat when she does.
It's just the same with other dogs in the neighborhood. You may want her to make new friends straight away but she will need time to settle.I suggest you give your Beagle plenty of exercise, socialization, and attention. You’ll have bonded in no time!
Have you ever considered adopting a Beagle from a shelter? Do you have any tips for our readers who may be wanting to adopt a dog? Please leave your ideas in the comment section below this post.
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