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How Can I Make My Newly Adopted Shelter Dog Feel at Home?


Dear VetBabble: How Can I Help My New Shelter Dog Feel More Comfortable?

I recently adopted a shelter dog named Midnight. She is scared, timid, and very distant. My boyfriend came over, and she did not like him. She seemed afraid. She’s not eating and sometimes won’t go potty outside. She loves her crate, but I have to lift her to put her in there at bedtime. I just want what is best for Midnight, and I need advice.

First of all, thank you for adopting a shelter dog and giving Midnight a loving home. It can be challenging, but also incredibly rewarding to help an adopted dog adjust to their new environment. In this article, we will provide some friendly and informative tips to help Midnight feel more comfortable in your home.

1. Understanding Midnight’s Fears and Needs

Shelter dogs often have unknown histories, which can make it difficult to understand their behavior and fears. Midnight’s fear and discomfort with new people might be a result of a previous traumatic experience. It’s essential to be patient and understanding as she starts to adjust to her new surroundings.

First off, it’s crucial to learn about First Night Home with a New Puppy: What to Expect as it applies to shelter dogs as well. This will help you better recognize what Midnight is going through and how you can help her during this transitional period.

2. Addressing Separation Anxiety and Noise Phobias

Midnight’s difficulty with going outside to potty and her attachment to her crate may be signs of separation anxiety or noise phobias. It’s essential to address these issues to help her feel more comfortable. If you suspect that Midnight suffers from separation anxiety or noise phobias, we recommend reading the following articles:

These articles provide valuable information and strategies for managing these issues and helping Midnight feel more at ease in her new home.

3. Crate Training and Working with a Professional Trainer

Midnight’s love for her crate is a positive sign. Crates can provide dogs with a safe space where they can feel secure. We recommend reading our article, How Do I Crate Train My Puppy?, for tips on crate training and how to use it to help her adjust to her new home.

As you mentioned, it’s a great idea to consult with a professional dog trainer to help Midnight overcome her fears and bond with you and your boyfriend. A good trainer can provide personalized advice and guidance based on Midnight’s specific needs. Your local veterinarian or neighbors may have recommendations for trainers in your area. One option, if you’re nearby, is Philly Unleashed.

If training alone doesn’t seem to be effective, consider discussing with your veterinarian about medications that might assist Midnight with her anxiety.

We hope Midnight adapts well to her new home, and thank you for using VetBabble!

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