How To Handle An Abused Dog
Being the owner of a rescued dog gets frustrating, stressful, and at times crazy. Lilly is a rescue dog that was outside since she was a puppy, until she was 6 months old. She had a lot of trust issues and would cry until I was in her vision again, then she would slowly calm down. Here are some tips on “How to handle an abused dog”.
It’s all about the patience, commitment, calmness, and of course love to help them heal their emotional wounds from the previous owners.
- Raising your voice to the dog
- Sudden movements to startle the dog
- Saying a particular word that their previous abusive owners used
- Raising your arms
- Weapons, could of been hit with belts or bats
If you do any of these actions and your dog starts acting aggressive such as growling, barking, or squatting in an attack position, try not to do anything that they can react negatively to.
Signs and Reactions
Dogs that have a history of abuse display a lot of fear. They can react to different things that a dog that never has been abused doesn’t react to. For example, if a dog that’s never been abused gets startled, they might jump, but an abused dog can become aggressive, because of there traumatic past. Some reactions are:
- Lowered position to floor or pounce position
- Barking or growling
- Attacking and biting
What Can You Do
Most of the time special training is needed because of their fear making them react. If your dog does react, be gentle with your voice, and always try to calm them down. They have trust issues from their previous owners As you gain a dogs trust, you will be seen as an alpha dog. Create a safe environment, set real goals for your dog, and give them their own space to transform. It will not happen overnight, but if you make your dog feel loved, needed, and communicate with them, it will show trust. Make sure you give them balanced meals and 20-30 minutes exercise.
Rehabilitating an abused dog is not easy at all, this is a really big challenge, but rewarding. You saved a life and gave an abused dog a second chance to experience trust, love, and life.