Shelter Dog Challenges

Your new dog may come with bad habits. You can make them a thing of the past.


Congratulations! You've just adopted a dog from the shelter and are excited to begin your new life together. Although you and your new canine best friend are sure to have many exciting times ahead, knowing about some potential roadblocks to the success of your relationship and how to deal with them will help keep your relationship with your shelter dog positive and loving.

Here are five common behavior issues you may encounter in your newly adopted shelter dog.

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Tom   Cleveland, OH

6/8/2008 8:51:50 PM

Nice article, I adopted a shelter dog two months ago, she was taken away from her owner because of an embedded collar and other abuse issues. She has made tremendous progress in a short period of time. One problem I am having is that she likes to nip and play bite a lot. We have been trying to pull our hands and arms away from her when she does this like the books say and I also have been shaking an empty pop can that has a few pennies in it when she does this and it has helped. Do you have any other suggestions that may help. Also She seems to be suspicious of strangers and sometimes cowers when someone approaches her especially children she has actually snapped at two kids in the neighborhood. How can I make her not be afraid of children. The vet said that she probably was never socialized as a puppy. Any advice. She is a German Shepherd/Husky mix and just turned two years old. Any advice is appreciated.

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5 south main st po box156   clarendon, PA

6/4/2008 5:04:19 AM

my shelter dog thinks that it is supposed to fight with other dogs. i always keep missy on a leash but when other dogs run up to her they sniff each other and then missy wants to fight. also i'm having trouble with missy wanting to chase my cat. missy is a yellow lab and siberian husky mix.

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